Pollard Fined $42K for Hit on Johnson

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by xpmar9x, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Dman

    Dman Starter

    I am still waiting for the NFL to start giving fines to running backs for lowering their head. I have seen them lower their head many times already this season, it's a joke!
  2. ImATitan

    ImATitan Pro Bowler

    Ridiculous fine, legal hit. I love that Keith Bulluck stuck up for Pollard on Twitter.
  3. UrbanLegend3

    UrbanLegend3 Pro Bowler

    There are some pretty specific requirements that make this call inherently rare. For example the flag can only be thrown in the open field.
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  4. Dman

    Dman Starter


    Yah I don't think it's fair to flag and fine the defense all the time when some responsibility should be put on the offensive player.
  5. RavensShallBurn

    RavensShallBurn Ruck the Favens


    I bet only two flags are thrown for this rule the entire year.

    It's not as bad of a rule as everyone made it out to be.
  6. CJtheBeast

    CJtheBeast Starter

    I still say we protest.
  7. Titans Insider

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    Titans safety Bernard Pollard says his reputation may have played into the $42,000 fine he received from the NFL for a hit on Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson last Sunday.

    Pollard wasn’t penalized on the play.

    Meanwhile, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson was fined the same amount for what appeared to be a targeted helmet-to-helmet shot on Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright. Jackson was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

    “I guess (my reputation played a part in the fine), I don’t know” said Pollard, who has been fined by the league several times in the past. “I was surprised, but at the same time, guys around the locker room kind of warned me about the person that I am and the history that I have.”

    Pollard said that if he had hit Johnson the way Jackson hit Wright, “it would be really bad,” estimating that he would have either been suspended or given a six-figure fine.

    Pollard appeared to turn his helmet away from Johnson, hitting the Texans wide receiver first with his shoulder.

    “They said I did everything right,” Pollard said of the NFL. “But he was a defenseless receiver, I guess.

    “The bad part of it is, for us as players, for the fans, for the coaches, for the refs, there’s a lot of gray area. So they don’t know what to call and what not to call. There’s no call and now you come back and fine me $42,000 for … a play that was legal.”

    Pollard says the league is making it harder and harder to play defense.

    “Flag football, that’s what they want,” Pollard said. “For us as players, it stinks. Our intent is to play football, to protect the field behind us. Nobody’s intention was to hurt (Johnson). Nobody wanted a concussion.

    “We hope he’s OK. But like I said, if you don’t want us to play defense, don’t call us defense. Take us off the field. Just let them go against air. Let’s see what that does to the ratings of this game.”

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  8. TitansMVP

    TitansMVP Starter

    Kareem Jackson said it best in his little interview today.
  9. madeupdreams

    madeupdreams Starter

    Yeah, that was a reputation fine. They can say he "targeted" the head all they want, it was AJ's head slamming the ground that caused the concussion.

    BP gets no hate from me for that hit. I thought it was legal and apparently so did the refs.
  10. UrbanLegend3

    UrbanLegend3 Pro Bowler

    What's interesting about Pollard's reputation is that he isn't known as a dirty hitter just a guy who crushes people and doesn't draw a flag. If you look at most of the big hits Pollard is known for they are very clean, it just so happens that when he knocks people down, they stay down.
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