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It appears the NFL will not discipline Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard for comments he made in which he described his motivation to "kill," according to a league source.
The league office seems to believe Pollard, and the Titans sufficiently explained he was not being literal and that he will be more careful in expressing himself publicly in the future.
In an interview with The Tennessean earlier this week, Pollard made his "kill" reference and said the Titans' goal this season is to win the Super Bowl.
"Our goal is the Super Bowl, and our mission is to kill," Pollard told the newspaper, pointing to his message written in a Sharpie on a white piece of paper and taped to his locker at Baptist Sports Park. "And if someone doesn't like it, then who cares? I really couldn't care less. It is not our responsibility to make anyone else happy, to please you, to care about you.
"Our responsibility is to protect LP Field, and our responsibility is to steal wins on the road. And our responsibility is to [beat you up] as a defense, and that's what we're going to do on every single play. You have to have that mentality because nobody cares about the Titans. Nobody. So you have to take the respect. That's what we have to do. ... Yeah, this team can get to the Super Bowl."
In Tennessee, Pollard will be playing under a defensive staff that includes Gregg Williams, who is returning this season after his suspension for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.