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Bernard Pollard: Titans’ D transformed into pit bulls, Rottweilers

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Titans safety Bernard Pollard says new defensive coordinator Ray Horton has changed the mentality of the defensive players in Tennessee, making them hungry to be more aggressive and more physical.

“We were German shepherds in the training phase, but for some reason we transformed to pit bulls, to Rottweilers,” Pollard said. “Preferably, I want to be a lion, but there’s no lions over here, but I’ve got the heart.”

Pollard described last year’s Titans defense as lacking a killer instinct, and he said Horton has changed that.

“We had some great plays, but you look at some games, and we didn’t step on the throat when we were supposed to,” Pollard said. “We didn’t finish it off when we were supposed to, we didn’t get off the field when we were supposed to, so if you look at Coach Horton and the mentality that they’re instilling in players like us, it’s going to be a fun year.”

The Titans’ defense struggled last year in a season in which Tennessee missed the playoffs for the fifth straight time. This year we’ll see if Pollard can back up his talk, or if his bark is worse than his bite.

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68 Responses to “Bernard Pollard: Titans’ D transformed into pit bulls, Rottweilers”
  1. boobsanders says: Jun 5, 2014 6:50 AM

    Pitbulls and Rottweilers are pretty soft, playful and maybe boring unless you train them to be killers of course. German Shepherds seem to be very aggressive naturally…

  2. ravenswhat says: Jun 5, 2014 6:50 AM

    That’s sad if it takes a D coordinator to get grown men – professionals!!…to play harder.

  3. rob8375 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:55 AM

    Good thing Vick doesn’t play for them!

  4. swagjag says: Jun 5, 2014 6:57 AM

    Translation: I plan on doubling the number of 15 yard penalties I burden my team with this season.

  5. robertlseverson says: Jun 5, 2014 6:59 AM

    Wow. No one in their right mind wants to be a Lion, though with Jim Schwartz gone it might be, as far as experiences go, better than say…going to the world’s worst proctologist.

  6. dawgnme says: Jun 5, 2014 7:04 AM

    That’s been the problem with this clown – too much bark, and can’t cover a cot with a bedspread

  7. titaniksigh says: Jun 5, 2014 7:04 AM

    As a Titans fan, I cringe when I read sh*t like this. Just stop talking Bernard.

  8. oldrenn1 says: Jun 5, 2014 7:07 AM

    This should generate some interesting comments. I know the petty anti- Vick trolls will chime in. Pollard can ball though , no question !!!

  9. dfwhawkguy says: Jun 5, 2014 7:09 AM

    And they will still lose 11 games…

  10. stewart09 says: Jun 5, 2014 7:17 AM

    yeah they are mean for normal dogs but look up Himalayan mastiff on google that dog looks like a lion and is breed to protect against leopards and some places tigers.

  11. madmax80 says: Jun 5, 2014 7:24 AM

    and their new D-coordinator is Vick!

    I hope he rots in hell. Vick that is. . . . .

  12. 1952vikefan says: Jun 5, 2014 7:26 AM

    well maybe they can beat the brown dogs

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 5, 2014 7:30 AM

    Once a dumb Raven always a dumb Raven. Dirty player!

  14. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jun 5, 2014 7:34 AM

    Dog that bark don’t bite

  15. Eutaw's Finest says: Jun 5, 2014 7:35 AM

    THIS is one of the biggest reasons I don’t miss Pollard in Baltimore. Always yapping and can’t live up to his own hype. Outside of making erroneous plays and getting PI fouls/fines several times a year.

  16. owentoo says: Jun 5, 2014 7:39 AM

    And cheap shot artists………..

  17. djaehne says: Jun 5, 2014 7:44 AM

    Sounds like the “Pay per Hit” system from N.O.

  18. wolfies30 says: Jun 5, 2014 7:45 AM

    My Rottweiler was a lovable happy dog who enjoyed nothing more than being by the side of his owner. He was loving and gentle to others, especially young children. I fail to see the analogy to the defense of a football team.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Jun 5, 2014 7:50 AM

    Do the Titans play the Jets this year? If so, start Vick, we know what he is capable of vs. Pit Bulls.

  20. zoxitic says: Jun 5, 2014 7:52 AM

    Once a blowhard, always a blowhard.

  21. theflyingelvis says: Jun 5, 2014 7:55 AM

    I didn’t check the schedule, do the Titans play the Patriots this year? I sure hope not, cuz Pollard and the Pats have, you know, history.

  22. andymc58 says: Jun 5, 2014 7:55 AM

    As often as that dude changes teams he’ll probably be a lion before he knows it.

  23. floreskins says: Jun 5, 2014 7:56 AM

    Better hope they don’t play Micheal Vick and the Jets then…

  24. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 5, 2014 7:58 AM

    Glad we got ride of this dude. He’s a joke Titans fans

  25. steelerben says: Jun 5, 2014 7:58 AM

    Good thing he said that to Craig Peterson. If it had been taped by Steve Gleason’s crew the NFL front office would have opened an investigation.

  26. mousietongue says: Jun 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    The only thing that Pollard can do at this point is make colorful off season quotes. His game is about hitting and intimidating in a game that is outlawing it.

  27. flaccoishermanmunster says: Jun 5, 2014 8:06 AM

    New DC…mikey vick?

  28. kayakattack says: Jun 5, 2014 8:08 AM

    More like mini pinchers and yorkies, all yap and no fight.

  29. allhailkingflacco says: Jun 5, 2014 8:09 AM

    Pollard’s the man. As a Ravens fan he’ll always have a special place in my heart for knocking out Ridley. That was key to getting us to the SB.

    Talk is cheap though.

    Patriot killa !!!!

  30. daburgher says: Jun 5, 2014 8:11 AM

    I wonder why certain breeds get a bad rep? Oh that’s right, they are popular amongst idiots like pollard

  31. titansbro says: Jun 5, 2014 8:11 AM

    I like Pollard & I am also excited about Horton as the new DC, but I honestly have no idea what he’s talking about here. He’s talking about pit bulls & such & then just out of nowhere says he wants to be a lion. Dude, relax.

  32. Ed Bandell says: Jun 5, 2014 8:12 AM

    How about they transform the defense into an actual defense and these football players into football players instead of dogs?

    What the heck is he talking about, “I want to be a lion, but there’s no lions here, but I have heart.”

    What? Did he just say his whole team stinks. They have no lions?

    No lions, just a bunch of pound puppies with heart.

    Awesome.

  33. icup89 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:21 AM

    Yeah they are the beats of the non contact OTAs

    Lets see how they actually play when pads go on.

  34. hehatemyfootballteam says: Jun 5, 2014 8:23 AM

    Did Horton also transform the defense to wearing their hair in dreadlocks

  35. ravensfaninflorida says: Jun 5, 2014 8:26 AM

    So glad he is not a Raven anymore.

  36. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:33 AM

    Lol at the titans, all talk

  37. clintblairjr says: Jun 5, 2014 8:35 AM

    This is why Pollard cannot stay on a team very long bc he runs his mouth all the time. He cannot cover a wet blanket even though he has the speed. His agressive play style hurts him constantly bc he assumes he knows where the ball is going. Then when he gets frustrated he blows somebody up and gets flagged bc he gets to them late. Pollard is a great team player but definitley needs to learn to play smarter and stick to his assignments on the field.

  38. mrneto72 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:40 AM

    German Shepherds are smarter, leaders…..

  39. getyourownname says: Jun 5, 2014 8:45 AM

    It’s a dog eat dog league.

    Pollard and Rex Ryan would be perfect together. At least at the media sessions.

  40. ninetysixer says: Jun 5, 2014 8:53 AM

    here’s hoping the Titans play the patriots this year

  41. b3nz0z says: Jun 5, 2014 8:55 AM

    pitbulls and rottweilers are naturally sweet. like football players, they only become dangerous through training.

  42. sheppyshep8 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:59 AM

    over under on the total cost of fines for the Titans D this year..?

  43. kwjsb says: Jun 5, 2014 9:00 AM

    Someone somewhere is offended by the dog comparison, I’m sure congress will get involved.

  44. ravens634 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:00 AM

    Same old Pollard. Based on the past, this will be his last season in Tennessee. Onto another team next season.

  45. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 5, 2014 9:06 AM

    The first four games last season, the Titans’ defense strongly resembled Jeff Fisher’s brutal defenses. Curiously though, at the same time Jake Locker had that deflating hip/knee injury, the Titans’ D started playing soft … for the rest of the year.

  46. cursedvikings1998 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:07 AM

    Rottweilers are usually sweet natured dogs which are mislabeled by society.

  47. tvjules says: Jun 5, 2014 9:09 AM

    Too bad their offense is still a pack of miniature poodles.

  48. Unidentified_Flying_Stiviano says: Jun 5, 2014 9:10 AM

    Not surprising…. as if the illegal hits Pollard dished out weren’t enough… now he is going to start biting opponents.

  49. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:14 AM

    They didnt start fighting did they? :)

  50. oldbyrd says: Jun 5, 2014 9:14 AM

    That’s offensive…Im calling the commish. I want the name changed

  51. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:16 AM

    How exactly does he know they are Pitbulls and Rottweilers in OTA’s where you never hit or wear pads?

    (well except Dallas not like it will help)

    I expect a lot of bark but no bite game 1. A great D doesn’t go around saying you should fear me, they just are!

  52. bigwinintx says: Jun 5, 2014 9:18 AM

    This from a guy who can’t catch a cold, but will take every cheapshot and out of bounds hit to cost his team another 15 yards, if it means putting a GOOD player out of the game.

    Go twerk somewhere, Bernard…

  53. jakescott13 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:31 AM

    They will be on the field a lot this year…

  54. hamiltos777 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:35 AM

    Just Glad my Pats aren’t playing the Titans this year. I dunno who he’d take out for the season this time.

  55. horsepedlr says: Jun 5, 2014 10:02 AM

    at least he will give the press some quotes. wiz’s will be”we just need to work harder and be ready for the next week” after losing another game.

  56. hakunamangata says: Jun 5, 2014 10:33 AM

    Good player but you’d think he was HoF by his bark.

  57. reesesteel23 says: Jun 5, 2014 10:54 AM

    Hey…….say what you want, he brings it every game. Doesn’t seem to take plays off. He just cant seem to adjust to todays rules. Nobody in there right mind purposely gets a flag thrown on him…..dudes a football player, that’s for sure.

  58. granadafan says: Jun 5, 2014 11:10 AM

    The commissioner is looking forward to filling his coffers with the fines from Bernard Pollard and the Titans this season.

  59. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 5, 2014 11:10 AM

    Good player but you’d think he was HoF by his bark.

    He is not a good player and is a penalty machine preferring cheap shots every chance he gets. But hey, once a Raven always a Raven.

  60. averagjoe says: Jun 5, 2014 11:16 AM

    So you relish your newly awakened killer instinct to hit harder and step on throats, and then complain about the lifelong pain of injuries sustained on the field.

  61. crush22 says: Jun 5, 2014 11:26 AM

    The Titans….haha

  62. tatatoothy says: Jun 5, 2014 11:32 AM

    You have to understand this fine young man. He’s just misunderstood, you know. You see, where he comes from, Pit Bulls and Rottweiler’s are fierce fighters. Of course, where most of us come from, those breeds are loveable, loyal parts of our families.

  63. drewzducks says: Jun 5, 2014 2:24 PM

    Great. Looking forward to seeing him put down by Animal Control.

  64. SAV says: Jun 5, 2014 2:44 PM

    I’m a Pollard fan. Caused some turnovers as a Raven, brought toughness to the D was a nice counterpart to Reed. Made a huge turn over on Ridley and struck fear into opposing RBs. He’s a yapper however.

    Kendall Wright is awesome and they got the beast Sankey, best RB in the draft so I think the Titans are still a year away but if Locker can stay healthy can upset some people.

  65. VondyP says: Jun 5, 2014 2:49 PM

    So much crap being talked about Pollard. Dude plays hard and talks a big game. That’s what defenders do. Pollard is a great safety and if you say he isn’t you are lying to yourself. Let the team in tackles last season. Yeah he gets penalties but he also gets the defense hyped up and backs up his mouth.

  66. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:09 PM

    Where ever he goes he wins. And he hates the cheating Patriots. Thank you Bernard.

  67. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:13 PM

    Can’t cheat without the refs.

  68. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:31 PM

    I have two words. Dick Butkus and Ray Lewis.

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