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Bernard Pollard: Titans can be dominant

Bernard Pollard, Gregg Williams AP

Bernard Pollard has been with the Titans for less than three months, but he has already developed a lot of confidence in his new team.

Pollard, the safety who signed with the Titans after he was cut by the Ravens, told the Journal Gazette in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, that he’s been very impressed with what he’s seen from his new teammates.

We got a very athletic team,” Pollard said. “We can be dominant, but it’s about buying into what the coaches are selling, and I tell a lot of people that. We gotta be professionals. I don’t care how old you are on this team.”

Pollard said he’s trying to exercise the kinds of leadership qualities in Tennessee that he learned in Baltimore.

“Everybody did what they had to do as far as leading on the field, leading off the field, speaking up. All 53 guys did,” Pollard said of his time in Baltimore. “That’s the same thing I’m doing in Tennessee. I’m like, ‘Look. It’s not about one guy. It’s about all of us, because that’s what it’s gonna take in order for us to be playing in January and February.’”

After two years in Baltimore, two years in Houston before that and three years in Kansas City to start his career, Pollard sounds like he thinks he’s found the right spot in Tennessee.

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35 Responses to “Bernard Pollard: Titans can be dominant”
  1. floratiotime says: Jul 15, 2013 6:43 AM

    Comedy is hard to do.

  2. gloryfromheaven says: Jul 15, 2013 6:50 AM

    Titans are actually a very intriguing team. Their rock solid everywhere, RB, Receivers, O-Line, D-Line, LB’s, DB’s…

    However, it always comes down to the coaching staff and the QB. Jake Locker is entering his 3rd year now and it’s either a make it or break it year for him. The coaches themselves need to use every player to their strength’s instead of lolly gaggin like they did last year.

    Not a Titans fan, but they have a young promising roster.

  3. rahavort says: Jul 15, 2013 6:53 AM

    Just stop talking Pollard. Let’s see if the attitude is the same going 8-8

  4. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 15, 2013 7:06 AM

    No.

  5. vibesid says: Jul 15, 2013 7:19 AM

    Pollard has a big mouth. But will it help the Titans win?

  6. flash1283 says: Jul 15, 2013 7:22 AM

    Uh, no they can’t!

  7. remyje says: Jul 15, 2013 7:24 AM

    8-8 = dominant

  8. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 15, 2013 7:36 AM

    And I can be king of the universe! Thanks Bernie!

  9. johndont says: Jul 15, 2013 7:38 AM

    I’ll be watching you Oct 20 at the 49er game.

  10. bdl08 says: Jul 15, 2013 8:04 AM

    Dominate … the bottom of the AFCS. Locker is horrible. And to think, people were touting him as the #1 overall pick coming out his junior year.

  11. spellingcops says: Jul 15, 2013 8:13 AM

    Wow this guy talks a lot.

  12. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 15, 2013 8:22 AM

    that’s why he not a raven anymore.talks to much!!just play the games..

  13. zoxitic says: Jul 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    6-10
    Enjoy watching your QB throw INTs that make Sanchez laugh.

  14. greyhawk9 says: Jul 15, 2013 8:33 AM

    I love a good laugh in the morning

  15. jagwires says: Jul 15, 2013 8:38 AM

    Boy he sure does talk alot. No wonder every other team he’s been on couldn’t wait to get him out of town.

    He will fit right in with the flaming thumbtacks.

  16. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 15, 2013 8:39 AM

    Agreed. But it comes down to Jake Locker developing faster than and into someone like my all-time favorite QB Steve McNair (whose second season as a starter was still pedestrian) and also all those free agents we signed this off-season living up to all the $$$ we threw at them. THEN the Titans can be dominant.

  17. packfntk says: Jul 15, 2013 8:49 AM

    Decent roster, bad quarterback.

  18. cheapseater says: Jul 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    Titans *can* be dominant. They just choose not to be.

  19. alldonesmith says: Jul 15, 2013 9:18 AM

    I’m so sick and tired of athletes saying things like “we can be dominant” when their team just went 6-10 for the 8th worst record in the NFL last year. No offense, Titans fans.

    Look, I get that pro athletes are supposed to be confident in themselves and their teammates. But if your expectations are not reasonable when compared to your recent performance, how about keeping that nonsense to yourself and saying something intelligent like “we’re focused on making the playoffs, and we’ll see from there.”

  20. jiggy3198 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:38 AM

    If he was so good why did each team only have him for two- three years before letting go. He’s a cancer in the locker room

  21. pillowporkers says: Jul 15, 2013 9:41 AM

    @alldonesmith, top 3 picks in last years draft:

    Colts record 2010: 2-14
    Colts record 2011: 11-5, made playoffs

    Redskins record 2010: 5-11
    Redskins record 2011: 10-6, won division

    Vikings record 2010: 3-13
    Vikings record 2011: 10-6, made playoffs

    I think with the upgrades they’ve made on the oline and secondary, and with the return of health from Jake Locker, there’s no reason to think this team shouldn’t be able to make the playoffs.

  22. danthman42 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:41 AM

    well, we’re down to number 20 in PFT’s preseason power rankings and the titans still haven’t shown up, so apparently you guys don’t disagree with pollard as much as most.

  23. pillowporkers says: Jul 15, 2013 9:43 AM

    i wish there was an edit button i screwed my years up its early in the morning.

  24. chrisk61 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:56 AM

    weren’t the titans 9-7 two years ago ? the best team not to make the playoffs (like last season’s bears…). everyone loved them to break through last season. and the completely collapsed. i think they need to get up off the floor, dust themselves off and stabilize before thinking about being “dominant.”

    uh pollard, you aren’t in balt anymore surrounded by solid veterans on the def side of the ball and you certainly don’t have a joe flacco at qb.

    good luck.

  25. siggtacular says: Jul 15, 2013 10:02 AM

    Ozzie Newsome dropped Pollard and picked up Elam!!!!

    Ravens 2013

    2x Super Bowl Champions

  26. SAV says: Jul 15, 2013 10:15 AM

    Munchak is a Hall Of Famer, he knows what it takes to win ie. Not draft criminals like Jeff Fisher always did.

    Pollard was a good addition because he brings the toughness and started on the Championship Ravens.

    They have a good young roster (assuming CJ and Kenny Britt character issues are in the past.)

    They need to work through this year and battle the remaining wackos Fisher drafted, filter the good from bad and move forward next year with cream of the crop left over.
    7-9, 8-8, at best. Next year a solid 8-8 team, possibly 9-7 if Locker can play which I believe he can.

    It will be three years before they can contend for a division title the way they are going.

    Best move this offseason was drafting a RB to replace sketchy egomaniac CJ.

  27. gtrav says: Jul 15, 2013 10:15 AM

    Is Pollard a safety or a cheerleader?

  28. metitometin says: Jul 15, 2013 10:22 AM

    I’m so sick of this loudmouth cheap shot artist who tried to put Brady and Gronk out of commission with his cheap shots. Dirtiest player in the NFL. He should just shut up.

  29. tennesseetitan78 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    Our season is gonna come down to two things. On paper we have a very good offense but it’s gonna come down to if Locker picks it up a notch. Last yr was a wash…we had a horrible offensive line in which Locker never had any time to do anything, CJ was constantly getting pushed behind the line on every run it seemed. The front office improved the OL so Locker nor CJ shouldn’t have an excuse. Locker showed good things his rookie season so I’m hoping for a big improvement. The other thing is going to make or break our season is rather the defense shows major improvements from last yr. I’m hoping Greg Williams gets this defense back to what he had it when he was with the Titans before.

  30. bullcharger says: Jul 15, 2013 11:07 AM

    I’m just glad the Titans and Pollard aren’t playing the Patriots in the regular season.

  31. officialgame says: Jul 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    The sky’s the limit.

  32. valhalla2013 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:20 AM

    Titans can be dominant… at what? Talking?

  33. insanelomein2 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:32 AM

    Pollard has taken too many shots to the head. I think he believes he’s back on the Texans again.

  34. 2toneblueblood says: Jul 15, 2013 12:02 PM

    I find it surprising that everyone seems to know that Locker sucks and is a bust when he’s only started 10 games. He got hurt in the 1st game of the year making a tackle on an interception return that should have been blown dead by the replacement refs because the ball hit the ground and wasn’t intercepted. We still haven’t seen him play healthy with a good o-line. The Titans o-line last year was Swiss cheese. They added Levitre in free agency and Warmack in the draft. I think Locker & the Titans are going to surprise some people.

  35. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 15, 2013 12:19 PM

    metitometin says: Jul 15, 2013 10:22 AM

    I’m so sick of this loudmouth cheap shot artist who tried to put Brady and Gronk out of commission with his cheap shots. Dirtiest player in the NFL. He should just shut up.

    ===========================

    While Pollard is known as the Patriot killer, I don’t think any of his patriot injuring shots were dirty. I don;t quite remember the shot to Brady back in ’08 but the hits to Welker and Gronk were clean. In fact he didn’t even touch Welker when he tore his ACL…

    Pollard is a guy who plays very hard and hits very hard. He is a liability in coverage but a beast in run defense. His confidence is probably bigger than his skill set but he’s a guy that will bring swag to your secondary. I was sad to see him go from the Texans but our secondary was horrible when he was here…

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