It was widely assumed that with Ravens’ strong safety Dawan Landry parting town to join the Jacksonville Jaguars that the competition to replace him would be between Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura. Zbikowski filled in adequately for Ed Reed last season, and Nakamura has improved steadily throughout his tenure in B’More. It seemed like the natural next step was for one of them to take over a starting role in Chuck Pagano’s defense.
The Ravens, though, apparently had other ideas.
In a somewhat surprising move, the team has agreed to terms with their second former Houston Texan in a week, adding safety Bernard Pollard to go along with fullback Vonta Leach.
Pollard is entering his sixth season, having spent the past two in Houston after being drafted by Kansas City in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. Pollard is most widely known for being the guy who shredded Tom Brady’s knee back in 2008, destroying millions of fantasy football teams in the process. He has a reputation for being more of a thumper in the secondary than a strong cover safety, racking up 4.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles last season. He did have four interceptions (one returned for TD) in 2009, so he’s not a complete stone-hands back there.
Some YouTube clips of Pollard, for those unfamiliar with the safety:
Bernard, it would seem, is not too big a fan of Reggie Wayne. (caution: language) I can get behind this kind of thing.
“Wait, I have to play Peyton Hillis twice a year? I might want to reconsider this…..”
And finally, the infamous “Brady kill shot”
The team hasn’t given Pollard the job outright, rather saying that he is being brought in to compete with Zibby and Haruki.