When the Ravens made the seemingly surprising move to release safety Bernard Pollard in March, speculation began that the move was linked to the so-called mutiny reportedly led by Pollard and safety Ed Reed in October.
But speaking to a Houston radio station last week, Pollard dismissed the mutiny talk, saying, "There's no truth to that at all" and adding that he was "offended" with coach John Harbaugh's handling of the situation after it became public.
To review, the story is that Harbaugh announced at a team meeting on Halloween morning that the Ravens would practice in full pads that day. Pollard and Reed, among others, made clear that they weren't happy with the change, and publicly challenged Harbaugh. A dialogue ensued that one unidentified player told Yahoo! Sports likened to "a big group therapy session." In the end, the team did not practice in pads, and the scene was viewed as a pivotal moment in the Ravens Super Bowl season.
Pollard, though, told SportsRadio 610 in Houston last week that, "Coach Harbaugh opened up the floor, he asked us our opinion on things that were going good and things that wasn’t going good and things that we needed to change. .... And so I spoke up, Ed spoke up, and if it was something that Coach Harbaugh didn’t like, we didn’t know that until now."
"Obviously we would have to say as players that somebody took it personal," he added, "because for them not to come back and say that wasn’t a problem, there was no mutiny or anything else, I’m offended by that, because we walked away from that situation thinking, ‘OK, everybody’s on the same page. We’re all good.’ Like I said, I’m just a little offended that the coach never stepped up and said anything.”
Pollard, 28, was the Ravens leading tackler last year with 98, and his hard-hitting style seemed to typify the Ravens' defensive mentality. The Ravens insist his release was a salary cap move, and it did save the team about $1 million in cap space. He has since signed with the Titans.
Listening to Pollard, though, it appears there clearly was friction between him and Harbaugh, and a personality clash can't be dismissed as a factor in Pollard's release.