Ex-Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard calls for fans to turn against Amy Adams Strunk
By Will Lomas
Bernard Pollard thinks Tennessee Titans need new ownership.
The Tennessee Titans and Bernard Pollard seem to be at constant odds, and to no one’s surprise he had something to say about Delanie Walker‘s post practice quotes.
I’ll get to the actual tweet in a second, but I want to give some context first.
In case you forgot, Bernard Pollard was the Titans starting safety in 2013 which was the last decent (but still below average) season Tennessee had before their massive decline that we should call the “Whisenhunt disaster”.
So that is the perspective from Pollard when he tweeted this:
So…a couple of things.
First of all, Walker was talking about the league as a whole when he made this quote. He was talking about how much more aggressive locker rooms were in the mid-2000s and how if you started a season with a losing record the veterans were quick to call younger guys out on their mistakes.
With Taylor Lewan (prohibited by league rules) banned from the locker room until his suspension is over and a team led for the most part by younger guys, Walker would probably be right if he wanted to criticize Tennessee.
However, if you listen he is talking about how easy it is for young guys around the NFL to just ask for a trade or back down from the task of coming back from a bad start. Not putting words in his mouth, but Jalen Ramsey is on a team that is 1-2 and has asked publicly for a trade which has been the biggest news story for the last 10 days.
I would imagine that he has a bigger problem with that “softness” spreading over the NFL as a whole when you consider that he had to work his way up from a special teams player and a TE2 to the Pro Bowl level that he is at now.
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Secondly, Pollard is using one quote by a guy frustrated with the way the season has started to talk about things that he doesn’t have any information on.
Do you know how many players are on the roster from the last time that Pollard was getting paid by the Titans? 7 out of 53.
Do you know how many coaches he played with are still on the roster? 1, Arthur Smith.
In fact, the people that he is specifically calling out weren’t even with the team in 2014 since Amy Adams Strunk and Jon Robinson took over in 2016 and Mike Vrabel wasn’t hired until 2018.
Don’t get caught up in this, if you are angry or find yourself agreeing with Pollard you need to consider the source. Instead think about this:
-In Amy Adams Strunk, the Titans have one of the most caring and invested owners in the NFL who just brought the first major event in franchise history (the 2019 NFL Draft) to Nashville.
-Mike Vrabel is one of a very small percentage of coaches that finished his first season with a winning record despite injuries at the QB position.
-Jon Robinson has drafted 2 All-Pros and several high caliber players who haven’t gotten the respect they deserve in Jayon Brown, Derrick Henry, Corey Davis, Rashaan Evans, and others.
Right now that looks like a winning trinity in charge of the Titans, don’t let sour grapes mess cloud your vision.