Bernard Pollard sets big goals

Bernard Pollard is bringing a swagger with him to the Tennessee Titans.

Joining the Titans as a free agent after playing with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens last season, Pollard made some bold proclamations for his first season with his new team in an interview with The Tennessean.

"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 Tennessee 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."

The talk from the strong safety may be a bit premature. The rebuilding Titans, who have not won a playoff game since 2003, went just 6-10 last season and allowed a franchise-record 471 points to go with an NFL-high 55 touchdowns.

Pollard also told the paper he wouldn't have signed with the Titans if he didn't think the team couldn't contend.

"I ain't trying to waste my time, bro," he said.

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.