Bernard Pollard told to play smarter

Bernard Pollard told to play smarter
August 26, 2013, 9:45 am
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Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard says he’s got to be himself out on the field. His coach says he needs to be a smarter version of himself.

Pollard, in his first season with the Titans, picked up a personal foul for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Julio Jones in Tennessee’s game Saturday against the Falcons. It’s his second such penalty of the preseason. Though Titans coach Mike Munchak said it was a bad call, that wasn’t his main point about the play.

“We can’t have those,” Munchak said, as reported by The Tennessean. “We have to be careful. Even if it’s close to being a call, especially on someone they know is aggressive … that probably adds something to it. It shouldn’t, but I’m sure it does.

“So he has to play smarter. There’s no way around that. You can’t have 15-yard penalties in this game. It’s hard enough to win as it is. We can’t help an offense by doing that.”

How did Pollard react to the call? Ravens fans, you know. He was unapologetic.

“I can’t change the way I play football,” Pollard said. “These guys have never played, and they don’t understand how fast this game is. We’ve got a split second to make a decision, as far as how we’re making that tackle. I hit him in the shoulder pad, and I barely grazed that.”

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