Posted January 21, 2013

Ravens’ Bernard Pollard on Tom Brady’s slide: ‘That’s bull crap’

NFL

Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard had a few choice words for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the Ravens beat the Pats 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl.

Pollard is referring to Brady sliding feet first into the groin area of Ravens safety Ed Reed late in the second quarter after he avoided a rush and tried to pick up a first down. Brady’s right leg came up as Reed tried to jump over him.

“You’ve got to keep them legs down,” said Pollard, via Comcast Sports Network New England. “You’ve go to keep the legs down. We all know and understand what’s going on there. And as a quarterback, when you go to slide, we’re taught . . . we can’t do anything. When you come sliding, and your leg is up in the air trying to kick somebody, that’s bull crap.”

The league has not announced if there will be any punishment for Brady, who was not flagged on the play. Pollard, when playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, is the same player that put Brady out for the entire 2008 season when he hit Brady’s knee tearing his ACL and MCL.


44 comments
JamesBlack
JamesBlack

You may be "taught" that you can't do anything, but the Ravens are a tem full of dirty players that would be willing to risk a flag or fine just to hit/hurt Brady.  I don't think he should have raised his leg, but anyone on the Ravens' calling him out for dirty play is irronic.

AmlMaine
AmlMaine

Pollard ruined Brady's knee. It cost the team a playoff year. Pollard also had several dirty hits in this game for which he was flagged. Do you think Brady's not about to protect himself?

Pares Hilton
Pares Hilton

It's ok, Pollard. You won and you're going to the Super Bowl.

The Pats, on the other hand, have yet to win it all after Spygate.

 

"I'm Ndamukong Suh and I approve of Tom Brady's slide."

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The refs NEVER call anything on Brady. He is their 'golden boy'. It was a dirty slide, EVERYONE knows it, except for those incapable of thinking fairly.  He should be fined, but Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL has a mancrush on TB so they'll let him slide ('slide',  get it?).

ravensfan13
ravensfan13

TO ALL THE PATS FANS OUT THERE I JUST WANT TO SAY SOMETHING U ALL ARE SAYING THAT THE RAVENS ARE CRYING BLAH BLAH BLAH BUT LETS GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT WE WON THEY LOST ATLEAST WHEN THE RAVENS LOSE OUR COACH HAS THE COMMON COURTESY TO SPEAK TO THE MEDIA NOT CRY LIKE A PISS POOR LOSER! I NOW SEE WHERE IT ALL COMES FROM THE COACH CRIES SO DOES THE QUATERBACK AND SO DO THE FANS. SUCK IT UP YA'LL LOST FLACCO OUT PLAYED UR PRECIOUS QUATERBACK ONCE AGAIN. THE RAVENS RIGHT NOW ARE UNSTOPPABLE! IM SO SICK OF PEOPLE NOT GIVING CREDIT WHERE CRDIT IS DUE. THATS OK THOUGH WE WILL BE THE UNDERDOGS CAUSE EVERY TIME WE ARE WE JUST PROVE THEM WRONG.

Chris23
Chris23

Why don't the Ravens ever stop crying?

muser
muser

I don't watch NFL any more. After reading the story I looked at a replay. It was a cheap play, like many in an NFL game...The NFL is poised for a big fall. Fans are becoming tired of all the silliness. 

rodseaborn
rodseaborn

Ok I am neither a Raven or Patriot fanatic, but I am a long time football fan.  While watching the game, I immediately thought the slide was a dirty play.  From years of watching football, it is not the 1st time Brady has been dirty and not fined or even been called out on it.  I was glad to see this getting some attention.  However it seems the Pat/Brady fanatics/apologist now want to push the focus onto Pollard's play.  The Ridley hit was not dirty but a football play.  You can't say Pollard was going for the head because in the speed of the game how could he have aimed at the head when he made his move to tackle.  Ridley had yet to lower his head and cut which put him into position.  If anything, Ridley initiated more of the contact than Pollard. 

 

The tackle which broke Gronkowski's ankle was not dirty, it just happened to injure your beloved Patriot.  Get over it or put on flags.  Welker blew out his knee trying to cut, not being hit from Pollard.  Again get over it or put on flags.  Last but not least, the hit on Brady was not dirty either.  Pollard was rushing the QB and was being blocked down and toward Brady by another Patriot.  The guy was trying to tackle the QB, nothing more, nothing less. The league decided to create a rule about going low on QB's after this and I don't have a problem with that rule as much as some of the other rules protecting QB's, but this is another "Brady" rule akin to the tuck rule.

 

Pat fans are also talking about how dirty Ed Reed is.  I have never considered Reed a dirty player either.  It seems the fanatics are just blaming the loss on everyone being dirty, but in fact your team made the drops and turned the ball over, as well as not being affective in the redzone.  Deal with it with some class, but I understand that you can't because your idol of a QB is classless.  If I was Reed, Pollard or an other player, While he had that leg up I would have taken him up on that offer, grabbed it and hyperextended it back as far as possible so the NFL would create another rule to now mandate playing in fuzzy bunny slippers and mandate the defense stand perfectly still while only the offense moves.

cyberspud
cyberspud

Poor, poor Bernard. He almost got hurt by Tommy!!  That's not right!!

JohnG
JohnG

Lets talk about the real disgrace in this game.  The legal hit Pollard put on Ridley.  What a scene.  One made lays motionless on the field - unconscious or worse, while a pile grows next to him scrambling to recover the football.  The Ravens jump for joy while Ridley could be paralyzed just feet away. 

 

The Raven's coach said it was great football - in one of the most irresponsible statement I've heard in a while. It was LEGAL football, but it was hardly great.  Junior Seau killed himself from damage caused due to those kind of hits.  To see people celebrate next to a seriously hurt athlete... It is exactly the reason why I would never let a son of mine play the game. Moreover, why I have to stop watching it.

 

Call me names if you want.  Its worse than dog fighting.

 

 

Mkmck
Mkmck

Pollard whining about someone else being dirty is like Charlie Manson complaining about a murderer. 

dt
dt

Pollard, we Patriots fans wished it was you instead of Reed, and that you tore your ACL too.  You tore Brady and Welker's ACLs, Broke Gronk's ankle, and knocked out Ridley.  The last one shouldn't count as dirty but you led with your head when the entire league is telling you not to.  If you want to learn how to properly tackle, watch the old NFL from 10 years ago and not from Madden.

sportsguy335
sportsguy335

Thea league is becoming a wussy league too. QB's can't be hit at all, the poor little receivers can't be hit after they catch the ball. Defense almost can't be played any more. Did anyone see the call on Atlanta when the defensive guys arm brushed Kaeperniks helmut and they called him for roughing the passer. Even the QB himself was stunned at the call that barely even phaed him.

sportsguy335
sportsguy335

Brady should have been flagged for what was an obvious attempt to hurt or prevent Ed Reed from hitting Brady. Brady is a wuss and gets away with everything. The league protects Brady just like Giselle. There were also blatant grounding efforts by Brady that of course were not called.

1129nk
1129nk

Strange to hear the cheap shot ravens talk like this. Considering how many off their fellow NFLPA members are hurt playing the Ravens, I would have thought that they would be applauding Brady's stretching of the rules. Lets not forget Ed Reeds eloquent thoughts when he was hit with a fine for helmet to helmet contact?

Pares Hilton
Pares Hilton

The "slide's" supposed to be a defensive move to protect the QB.

But when Brady raised his leg, it was an offensive move, to hurt, not to protect himself.

 

There are other drinks than the Brady/Bellicheat/Patriots kool-aid, you know.

Warren5
Warren5

 @ravensfan13

 hurray for brady defensive players go for the kill like their taught. i can't fault brady for trying to protect himself . maybe he slid like that to say i'm sick of all the dirty defensive hits, period. nice job on the Victory though baltimore

ravensfan13
ravensfan13

 @Chris23

 i seriously think u have the wrong team. the ravens dont "cry" about anything. typical ravens hater! we will see who crying once the ravens win the suoer bowl. as far as brady goes he should be fined for that kick it was a dirty play. if it was done to him brady would have thrown a hissy fit over it.

SteveLappier
SteveLappier

 @Chris23

 Brady should be fined for that play. Dirty.

 

If you thought that play was okay, then it should be "open season" on QB's again, just like the old days.

 

Go Niners...

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @muser I think you may be onto something. The NFL is taking their fans for granted. It'll take awhile longer, but a backlash is coming.

Mike109
Mike109

 @rodseaborn I agree with most of your comments about pollards hits, except the one on brady,  try to watch it again without the predetermination that he was being blocked idea...the way i see it every time, pollard is blocked to the ground (yes) then picks himself up just enough to lunge low at brady.

RickBaker
RickBaker

 @cyberspud Do you really even have a clue what you're taliking about?  Bernard wasn't involved in this play that is being referred to.   Get a clue.

ravensfan13
ravensfan13

 @JohnG

 he wasnt seriously hurt he was knock out not convulsing on the football field. its football players get hit. it was a legal hit it wasnt like he was defensless it was a stright up legal hit. stop whining about it its done and over with and they showed him up and walking into the locker room so as far as him being paralyzed he wasnt. maybe its a good thing u "stopped watching football"

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

 @JohnG yes , football is stupid, and it is fun to watch stupid people damaging each other while other stupid humans inturned  are mesmoronized while being entertained, stupid is as stupid does

scBlais
scBlais

 @JohnG So did you decide to stop watching football after that particular play or just full of it?

ravensfan13
ravensfan13

 @dt

 blah blah blah. pollard is amazing!! its called football the defense is suppose to hit or maybe u just want them to stand there so ur cry baby ass pats can score. please get over ur self oh and once again  RAVENS NATION SHUT UR PATS DOWN!!!!!

help4mac1
help4mac1

 @dt waa waa. bye bye deja vous all over again piss-riot fans.

1129nk
1129nk

@JasonMacBride Pollard is just crying baby talk. The Ravens set the tone as very hard very much hurt first hitters.

Chris23
Chris23

I'm not denying Brady is a baby as well about any contact near him. That doesn't make it any better to cry in the media like this and like Suggs. Only thing worse is the double murderer getting down on his knees to cry for the camera and praise Jesus for him not being in prison

Chris23
Chris23

I agree QB's need to be more open to contact. The call Kaepernick got on the game deciding drive in that game was pathetic. Someone brushed his facemask and didn't even knock his balance and 15 yards come out..

JohnG
JohnG

 @ravensfan13 , You are a moron and your team will get humiliated in two weeks.  Too bad I will miss it.  As for Ridley... I said it was a legal football hit - no debating that.  That is the problem with the sport.  Were it not on the football field it would be a felony.  Insert Ray Lewis joke here.

JohnG
JohnG

 @scBlais , make fun.  Next time they play that ad about making the game safer I want you to think of Junior Seau getting his brains cut out and autopsied.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @Chris23 Christianity teaches forgiveness, Chris.  I think Lewis is sincere because his conduct the last dozen years backs it up. That doesn't undo what happened, but the Bible says Jesus forgives. I'm not trying to preach here, just mentioning what his faith is about. Even if none of us are willing to forgive, God does. And maybe Lewis is more demonstrative than most because he needs the forgiveness most.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @JohnG  @ravensfan13 The problem, John, is that football is a very brutal sport, and the fans LIKE it that way. At least most do. You're right, of course. Off the field it would be a crime (like countless hockey hits) but the fans and the media love it. It's embarrassing. Not unlike the Roman gladiators. To change it, in football at least, will take major rule changes. And that will probably have to be done slowly. Goodell made a slight effort with the bountygate suspensions and we saw how that turned out. It's a serious problem with no short term fixes.