It didn’t take long for Bernard Pollard to make his presence felt on the Tennessee Titans secondary, not to mention his wallet.
On Aug. 16, the NFL fined Pollard $10,000 for his out-of-bounds hit on Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. Pollard disagreed with the fine as he felt it was a legal hit. According to Pollard (from Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean):
I don’t think so. You have to look at for me, as a defender, I am already coming in and already going in to make the hit, so I don’t see his other foot go out. He was inbounds and his other foot finally went out.
Titans reserve defensive lineman Nigel Nicholas was one of five players who was fined $15,750. That was the highest amount that anyone got fined. Nicholas was fined for his roughing-the-passer penalty that negated a potential fumble recovery for Khalid Wooten. That led to the Redskins’ third and decisive touchdown drive.
Expect more fines throughout the season. With Gregg Williams and Pollard, one can bet that the league office will keep a close eye—and unforgiving attitude—on the Titans. Will the defense overcome those penalties? Is that the trade off to improving a defense that was historically bad last season?
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