NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There will come a time in Nashville when, even though he is so incredibly quotable, we won’t race to post what safety Bernard Pollard has to say.
We are not yet close to that time.
Pollard is a one-dimensional player -- you like him coming forward, not moving backward. He is a starter, but probably not a three-down player.
The Titans brought him in to be part of their answer at strong safety, but also for leadership and swagger.
He was a second-round draft pick of Kansas City in 2006 and a somewhat surprising release in 2009.
When the Houston Texans picked him up in 2009 they weren’t searching for a leader; they had holes at safety. When the Baltimore Ravens picked him up in 2011, they weren’t in need of leadership, either -- they had Ed Reed at safety and an all-time great leader on defense in Ray Lewis.
So he came to Tennessee under very different circumstances than his other stops.
“Every team is different,” Pollard said. “This is a very athletic team, this is a very, very smart team. Now it’s about putting the product together on the field. They signed me here for a reason. Screw what the naysayers got to say, screw what everybody else got to say. I’m healthy right now, ready to go. I think our team is going to be a force to be reckoned with. At the same time we’re floating under the radar and this is where we need to be. We have a very talented team but at the same time, we still have some things to learn.”
I asked him about the likelihood of variations of nickel and dime packages on defense that get a bunch of different players into the game depending on situations and matchups.
“We have a team full of weapons,” Pollard said. “Last time I checked, anytime you get into a fight you’re going to take every weapon you’ve got. You look at what coach [Jerry] Gray is trying to do, what coach [Gregg] Williams is trying to do, this is their baby. They want to go into every game utilizing everything that they have. They don’t want to hold back. Last time I checked, when you hold back, that’s when you get slapped and beat up."