Bernard Pollard gets personal foul 5 minutes into the preseason

AP

It took Bernard Pollard only five minutes into the preseason to get his first personal foul as a Tennessee Titan.

Early in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins hit receiver Aldrick Robinson for 15 yards along the sideline. Pollard ran up to Robinson, lowered his head, and drilled him in the back just as he was stepping out of bounds. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness and the Titans were penalized 15 yards.

The hit was, indeed, unnecessary: Pollard didn’t need to hit Robinson at all, as Robinson’s momentum was already taking him out of bounds. And even if Pollard felt that he needed to make absolutely certain that Robinson was going out of bounds, Pollard could have done that by shoving Robinson with his hands, rather than lowering his head.

The bad news for Pollard is that even though the paychecks are a lot smaller in the preseason, the fines are the same. And Pollard, an outspoken opponent of many of the NFL’s efforts to make the game safer, will be fined.

90 responses to “Bernard Pollard gets personal foul 5 minutes into the preseason

  1. This bonehead will hurt his team by keeping opponents possessions and drives going with his thoughtless penalties.

  2. And people wonder why the Ravens cut him.

    People, THIS is why the Ravens cut him. He’s a walking personal foul call.

  3. His style of play trying to hurt the opponent started with the Chiefs when he injured Brady. He is a cheap shot player that will never become an elite player but will be remembered as a dirty player.

  4. I”m glad he’s here, but make no mistake, he SHOULD be fined for that cheap stunt last night.

    -Titans Fan

  5. That’s why the Ravens released him…he is a knucklehead who will NEVER change his ways.

    He “thinks” he is bringing an intimidating mentality to the Titans but is only bringing 15 yard penalties and losing money from his wallet.

  6. He’s a rabid animal that they put jersey’s on. Sure his antics can help your team but not the kind of guy you really want to have around…thus the constant rotation of teams for this guy.

  7. The wr was stepping out of bounds but he wasn’t out of bounds when pollard hit him and he still gets a flag.

  8. I doubt he intends to make such foolish plays all season, but as a way to set the tone for being tough and physical, I bet he got his team mates’ attention…

  9. Tennessee is so starved for a contender that most ,if not all, their fans and even the local media are enabling Pollard to do this because they figure they can’t win on talent, so they gotta win on intimidation. The problem with that is –of course with the league’s softy campaign in full tilt– its going to cost thrm the few wins they were going to get so once again, this will wear thin and Pollard will be out of the league soon if this keeps up. Stay classy B.P.

  10. Pollard intends to injure… He’s not a clean player in any way. If we say Suh is a dirty player, then Pollard should be worse. He has a worse track record.

  11. I loved “The Angry Man” when he was in Baltimore but, like it or not, that style of play is no longer tolerated. His replacement, Matt Elam, displays better tackling form yet he still plays aggressive and seems to be better in coverage.

    Saved some cap money, upgraded the position. That’s how it’s done.

  12. get used to that titan fans,some times his hits help win.In the end the hits will help more then hurt…

  13. He’s proud to be the dirtiest player in football. One of these days a few offensive players are got to gang up on him and take out his knee.

  14. Pollard is pond scum of the game. If the commish want to truly clean up the game, he would suspend the guy for 4 games +++

  15. Anyone taking up for the NFL’s (Goodell’s)hypocritical stance on player infractions and fines is certainly just a good ole Goodell slurper, lol..

  16. “gibson34 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 8:36 AM
    nfl is taking the good hitting out of the game…..good hit to me”

    Then you know nothing about football… What was the purpose, drilling a guy in the back had nothing to do with the game..? it’s cheap and worthless

  17. Typical Bernard Pollard cheap-shot move. Dirtiest player in the game today.

    Watch that video of his hit on Tom Brady again, and imagine that was YOUR quarterback.

    Dirty player trying to cover his lack of talent.

  18. Had made a career as a dirty player! Lets not forget his “accidental” helmet into Brady’s knee! It was a clear dirty play but he got a pass! Enjoy being an NFL migrant worker the rest of your career!

  19. The boogeyman here in New England. I still like the way he plays though. Only thing he’s truly guilty of in my book is the lunge at Brady low but he was trying to make a play and that can happen to anyone on any down.

    Sad for me to admit, but I think Ridley is still counting sheep after that hit in the AFCCG in January. Zzz.

  20. Sometimes as a fan you have to take the bad with the good….. Titans fans don’t despair, it’s worth it. He will make more big plays than bonehead plays. I loved the guy in B-more.

  21. Gee, wonder why he’s on his 4th team in 7 years?

    I mean, besides the fact he couldn’t cover my grandmother.

  22. I’ve been a pro football fan for over 6 decades. Have been to more games than I can count all over the U.S. and have “seen ’em all”. Why some of you routinely maintain, under the guise of “flag football”, that we should let these men kill and cripple each other for our entertainment is utterly beyond. me. Yeah, it’s a damn violent game, but it doesn’t need to be a public execution.

  23. nyg201 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 7:15 AM
    Should of just pullled the flags off the side of the receiver.

    —————–

    When a player is “giving themselves up” and either going to the ground or stepping out of bounds and they are blindsided by a player who is leading with their helmet, that’s how injuries happen. If the receiver was headed up the sidelines with the ball, I can see the need for the hit. I’m all about hits in football, but anyone who thought THAT hit was necessary has never played football…

  24. I don;t think that Pollard is a dirty player… He’s just a bit overzealous. Some may say that’s the same thing but… I just think he plays with a lot of emotion and hits hard.

    If I’m Tennessee, I worry less about his penalties and more about him being a liability in pass coverage.

  25. The reason Pollard has been with so many teams is two-fold:

    1. He is dirty and will cost his team with some stupid 15-yard penalty at a crucial point in the game.
    2. HE CAN’T COVER!! What does it take for personnel people across the league to realize this? He’s strong against the run, although dirty, and terrible against the pass.

  26. The irony of that Ridley play was that it was Ridley who put his head down and missiled himself forward. Pollard was the wrong guy to do that too! Pollard’s not a dirty player. He’s just a hard hitting old school type that the NFL wants to do away with. It’s his attitude that needs a reality check.

  27. Pollard’s whole career has been one cheap shot after another. The dirtiest player in the league bar none. He should be thrown out of the league for his cheap shots to Brady and Gronk alone. It’s a disgrace that any team picked up this loser.

  28. so now trying to separate the ball from the receiver is illegal? why not just let the offense out there by themselves so nobody ever gets hit again?

  29. Pollard laughs at your evaluations of his skill level. I guees you forget, he’s in the league and you are posting comments on PFT. Glad Ridley is not hurt but loved the way he knocked himself out by lowering his head into Pollard. The Brady thing was just football.

  30. I don’t need to see the play to know that there was no penalty. If he’s still in bounds, there is NO rule that says you have to shove him out. Man up already you bunch of wimps!! Defense is about intimidation. Take that out completely and you have a glorified track meet

  31. Just goes to show, you can take the player out of Baltimore but you can’t take the Raven out of the player!

  32. its funny evertbody liked the way players hit other players twenty years ago. take ronnie lott, jack tatum, even john lynch. the difference back then we did not have all the little girl rules. pollard plays the game the way it is supposed to be played. all you complainers, take off your dresses and quit acting like little girls. i would take a couple concussions for a few million. its there choice. get over it.

  33. If the NFL is now a wussy sport as posted here, why aren’t more of you wusses playing. There have been a number of injuries already in the preseason, why hit a player it of bounds. Same thing happened in the Ravens game and the player also got a personal foul, nothing is said. Why would anyone try to defend an illegal hit and say it is footballs fault when this guy gets cut from every team for these same actions and the yards it costs the team. Pollard is the first to cry if a lineman hits his legs. Someone should take out his knee and put an end to this idiot.

  34. Hey…it’s great to see that Pollard is already in regular season form in only the first preseason game.

  35. Hmmmm, Imagine that Greg Williams & Bernard Pollard joins forces, What more do you expect ppl? This will not be the last occurrence I’m thinking with those two guys track record . . .

  36. Vince Young’s rookie year when he was good, Mathias Kiwanuka wrapped him up for what should have been a game ending sack. However, due to the rules, he tried to gently take him down to the ground as you dopes suggest Pollard should have done here. What happens you say? Instead of pile driving Young onto his rear end, he breaks away, picks up the first down and drives for a game winning touchdown. Like I said, you all are a bunch of fairy, fantasy football lovers.

    I can’t wait until this league folds under it’s own stupidity and greed and another REAL FOOTBALL league rises from the ashes!

  37. Yes, this kind of play is the reason the Ravens let him go.

    But Patriot fans have no standing to complain if they refuse to acknowledge Brady’s dirty kick slide into Ed Reed’s groin.

  38. southpaw2k says: Aug 9, 2013 7:39 AM

    And people wonder why the Ravens cut him.

    People, THIS is why the Ravens cut him. He’s a walking personal foul call.
    ===============================

    He was a walking personal foul call BEFORE the ravens signed him in the first place. They didn’t have a problem with his style.

    It sounds like he was becoming a locker room problem, so they released him.

    Either way they’re better off without him.

  39. justintuckrule says:
    Aug 9, 2013 12:06 PM
    Vince Young’s rookie year when he was good, Mathias Kiwanuka wrapped him up for what should have been a game ending sack. However, due to the rules, he tried to gently take him down to the ground as you dopes suggest Pollard should have done here. What happens you say? Instead of pile driving Young onto his rear end, he breaks away, picks up the first down and drives for a game winning touchdown. Like I said, you all are a bunch of fairy, fantasy football lovers.

    I can’t wait until this league folds under it’s own stupidity and greed and another REAL FOOTBALL league rises from the ashes!

    ———————

    Even bringing up that Vince Young play shows that you didn’t see the play this article is referring to, that other play has NO comparison. We’ve all seen a receiver running at the sidelines, facing towards the QB and catches a pass where they have to tap/drag their feet to stay in bounds. They have clear position and their is no chance their momentum doesn’t carry them out of bounds… Other than a penalty, lowering your helmet and slamming into the back of the receiver has no purpose… Were the receiver turning and heading back up the field, totally different circumstances, but Pollard was out to lay out a defenseless receiver at the end if a play where he was out of position and his team had nothing to gain.

    As a Redskins fan, I’m glad we cut ties with “dirty thirty” Laron Landry for the same reason. For every ball jarring hit he made, he’d tally 45 yards of penalties for the other team. It’s just not smart football when field position can be such a huge factor….. REAL football people who are interested in smart football players who help their teams win have consistently felt that their teams would be better off without Pollard after he shows he’s not able to avoid thoughtless penalties. That’s the reality, regardless of all the “flag football” jabs people want to make.

  40. Maybe a bit unnecessary, but man does it make me laugh that people are chomping at the bit to down the Titans when they actually probably never watch them. Hahaha, STAY CLASSY YOU GUISE!!!!!!!111111////1/111

  41. I don’t know and don’t care about any infractions this guy commits as long as they don’t involve him putting Tom Brady out for the rest of the year again.

  42. Waaahhhhh, he hit the guy, waaaahhhh he’s dirty, waaaaahhhh waaaaahh waaaaaaah.

    They now have waaaahmbulances at the stadiums.

    If you dont like it, dont watch it. If he hit him out of bounds flag him, if not, play to the whistle.

    Wasn’t that what we were all taught?

  43. When a dirty player like Pollard maims talented players the quality of the league suffers.

    If I were an Indy fan or player, I too would not look forward to playing twice per year against that cheap trash.

    If intentionally trying to disable opponents was the goal of old time football as some posters suggest, then I’m glad the game has evolved to what it is now. I’d like to see how Luck, RGIII and the other young QB’s develop over the years rather than seeing the likes of that classless clown take them out with deliberate, career-ending injuries.

  44. Intimidating other players will always be part of the game. He likely was determined to take a personal foul in the game at some point to set the tone for the season. As much as I never want to see any player injured setting the tone is important and now other receivers will be looking for his number when the ball is in the air.

  45. Other than a penalty, lowering your helmet and slamming into the back of the receiver has no purpose
    ——–
    @workoholic – It might not have served purpose on THAT play but it will serve purpose on future plays. Maybe next time the WR will think twice, grow alligator arms and the throw will result in an interception. This is what hard-hitting defense is about. It’s about intimidation. Putting fear in offensive players. Making them think twice. Clouding their judgment. If you take away these factors, what sense is there in hitting?? This is the point….. By penalizing this conduct, Goodell has effectively changed the game. It’s that simple.

  46. Hire Greg Williams and sign Bernard Pollard…why not bring Fat Albert Haynesworth back so he can stomp on some heads? How about bringing back Finnegan so we can watch more fistfights on the field? Why not sign Ritchie Incognito so he try to twist off a linebacker’s leg here and there? Lay down with dogs and you’ll sure wind up with fleas. The only good personnel moves the team has made in the last ten years was to hire Munchak and then Matthews, but they won’t keep them for long. Bud Adams has become the new Al Davis (the craziest owner in the NFL). When the team changes hands eventually I hope that apple falls far, far from the tree.

  47. Well he was comfortable making that hit…bcuz here in Baltimore we hit hard and play dirty until u get caught….way 2 go pollard keep playing like a Raven….thats wat defense is for defending the ball dnt wanna get hit get on the other side of the ball….

  48. This piece of crap should have been drilled and roughed up a long time ago. It surprises me that the players themselves haven’t sent this cheap shot artist to the hospital. When I played we took care of these bush leaguers.

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