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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Ravens safety Bernard Pollard might have been the best defensive player on the field Monday night. Pollard finished with only six tackles, but he helped strengthen a run defense that was having trouble against the Bengals. The Ravens did a good job of putting him near and around the line of scrimmage and Pollard was also one of the team's top pass rushers. A year ago, his first with the team, Pollard surprised a lot of people with his physical style. This year, he could become arguably their best defensive player.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pot, meet kettle. Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, who now plays in Tennessee, had some thoughts on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel flipping the middle finger to the Washington sideline last night on ESPN, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Bernard Pollard said Johnny Manziel set a bad example for kids with his obscene gesture on Monday night #Titans - Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 19, 2014 Pollard, an eight-year veteran, hasn't exactly covered himself in glory when it comes to positively influencing the youth of America.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
In a surprising move, the Ravens released veteran safety Bernard Pollard , leaving them without another key performer in last season's run to a Super Bowl XLVII victory. Pollard, the Ravens' starting strong safety the past two seasons and one of the vocal leaders of the defense, broke the news on his Twitter account, writing, "Well Raven Nation it's been fun. My time in Baltimore is done... Thank you!" A league source confirmed Pollard has been let go. The 28-year-old safety, one of the NFL's biggest hitters and one of the Ravens' locker room's biggest personalities, carried a $3.25 million cap figure for next season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Former Ravens fullback Vonta Leach held a casino night fundraiser and his foundation's ninth annual football and cheer camp in his hometown of Lumberton, N.C. over the weekend. Leach, the three-time Pro Bowl selection who was let go by the Ravens earlier this offseason and hasn't attracted much buzz on the free agent market, told a reporter from the Robesonian (N.C.) newspaper that he still is hoping to play in the 2014 season.  “It's never easy going through free agency,” Leach told the newspaper.
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By Aaron Wilson | November 25, 2012
A frequent critic of the NFL rulebook, Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard remained incensed following the game after being flagged for a personal foul for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver. The penalty stemmed from Pollard's sideline hit on an incomplete pass to wide receiver Danario Alexander . It led to a 30-yard field goal by former University of Maryland kicker Nick Novak in the fourth quarter. However, video replays showed that Pollard led with his shoulder.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Soon after Sunday's loss to Philadelphia, both Ravens coach John Harbaugh and safety Bernard Pollard said Pollard would play in this week's game against New England despite bruised ribs. A day later, Harbaugh wouldn't make the same commitment. The Ravens need Pollard to play. After two games, he has been the team's best defensive player. He has been a thumper, stopper and a player that the opposition has to find on every play. Pollard had a great season a year ago, but his value has doubled because the Ravens can line him up anywhere on the field.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
On Thursday afternoon, Ravens safety Ed Reed told Sirius/XM NFL Radio that he wasn't 100 percent committed to the 2012 season and that he has considered retirement this offseason and the two previous. He quickly backtracked, releasing a statement later in the day that said he wasn't referring to retirement. Throughout this offseason, Reed has made conflicting statements about his playing status -- heck, he has made conflicting statements in some individual interviews -- but team officials expect him to play in 2012.
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By Matt Vensel | April 5, 2012
Ed Reed isn't the only Baltimore safety making eyebrow-raising comments on talk radio this week . Strong safety Bernard Pollard, a man of strong opinions who is certainly not shy about sharing them, appeared on KILT in Houston to talk about the New Orleans Saints and their recent bounty scandal. Asked if he felt the league was marketing violence and condemning it at the same time, Pollard, the heaviest hitter in the Ravens secondary, said he understands that the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell have a job to do, but he feels there are too many restrictions when it comes to physical play . “It's getting out of hand,” Pollard said.
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By Matt Vensel | January 22, 2013
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. This week he looks at Bernard Pollard's momentum-turning tackle on Stevan Ridley. The AFC championship game was already slipping away from the New England Patriots on Sunday after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco found veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. The Patriots still had plenty of time, though, when they began to inch back toward Ravens territory.
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By Matt Vensel | January 24, 2012
A day after the Ravens lost to the New England Patriots, 23-20, in the AFC championship game, Ravens strong safety Barnard Pollard revealed to the world -- well, a Houston radio station -- which team he will be pulling for in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. I'll give you a hint: It won't be the team that beat the Ravens on Sunday. "I really hope the Giants, I just hope they just put a thrashing on the Patriots. I really do,” he told Houston radio station KILT on Monday. “To lose to a team like that the way we played.
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Mike Preston | January 27, 2014
The Ravens already have a theme for the 2014 season. It's called "One Chance," produced by Steve Bisciotti, written by Ozzie Newsome and starring John Harbaugh. In a one-on-one interview after the annual "State of the Ravens" news conference earlier this month, Bisciotti warned that he wouldn't stand for failure. "I'll be more apt to get my way next year if their solutions don't change the problems," Bisciotti said. "That's fair, that's where I am as owner. "They know they've failed, they know they need to change, and to make improvements.
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Peter Schmuck | January 1, 2014
Let's be honest. For all the fans who think the Ravens should be getting ready to play the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round this weekend, it's time to get serious. The Ravens actually deserve a lot of credit for staying in the playoff race until the final quarter of Sunday's game in Cincinnati, and it's easy enough to construct some hindsight scenarios that would have kept their streak of John Harbaugh-era postseason appearances alive. But even a cursory review of what happened over the past season reveals that they actually overachieved in 2013.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
The Ravens secondary traveled to Detroit for its Dec. 16 game with a bull's-eye firmly affixed on it. Not only would third-year cornerback Jimmy Smith try to blanket the planet's greatest receiver, Calvin Johnson. Critics waited gleefully for rookie safety Matt Elam to fall on his face after he made a lighthearted comment about Johnson's age and declining physicality. Instead of suffering a nationally televised humiliation, however, the unit did solid work against the Lions, with Smith largely containing Johnson and Elam clinching a crucial win on his first career interception.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
James Ihedigbo knows what it is like to be overlooked and underestimated. He was lightly recruited, undrafted and cast aside by two NFL teams before landing with the Ravens. He entered camp as the starting strong safety, but outsiders assumed it would be only a matter of time until it belonged to first-round draft pick Matt Elam. Ihedigbo had other plans - not just to keep the job, but to stand out on a defense full of stars. “I knew I was a proven starter in this league,” Ihedigbo said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak can't say definitively at this point that Ed Reed will play Sunday against his former team. However, he said in a conference call with Ravens' reporters today that the safety is “as close to playing as [he has] been.” “His progress has been really good,” Kubiak said. “It was a tough decision [last] Sunday because I think he was very, very close, but we decided to go in the other direction. We'll see where we're at. It's a day-to-day deal.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith may well be the beneficiary of the NFL's efforts to crack down on certain hits, but that doesn't mean he necessarily agrees with everything the league is doing. In fact, he called the $42,000 fine given to his former teammate and current Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard for his hit Sunday on the Houston Texans' Andre Johnson “a little over-the-top.”   “Some things you can't avoid,” Smith said. “It's tough on those defensive guys.
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By Matt Vensel | January 21, 2013
He was a blur on the football field, hitting everything in sight. He was barking at everyone within earshot, too. And when he is playing his game by pounding his opponents, no Raven might exemplify physical football more. No, I'm not talking about Ray Lewis, who is the emotional tone-setter of a Ravens defense that has defeated future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and one of their leading heirs apparent, Andrew Luck. With all due respect to Lewis, again a tackling machine Sunday but obviously and understandably not the same punishing hitter he was in his prime, the physical tone-setter of this rejuvenated unit has become strong safety Bernard Pollard, one of the NFL's most feared hitters -- especially up north in New England.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 26, 2012
Safety Bernard Pollard , who has missed the past two games after aggravating a rib/chest injury, returned to practice Wednesday. It's his first appearance at practice since the days leading up to the Ravens' Dec. 9 game against the Washington Redskins. The only two Ravens missing from practice Wednesday were right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee/shoulder). Yanda and Ngata both played in Sunday's victory against the New York Giants.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Instead of stepping out of character by raising his voice to tear into his beleaguered defense, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees maintained a professorial approach. Players described Pees as using his usual low-key tone during a defensive meeting following the Ravens' 49-27 season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. But Pees had little difficulty finding plenty to correct for a defense that surrendered seven touchdown passes to Peyton Manning as he tied an NFL record. "He's not going to go crazy, Coach Pees is himself," cornerback Corey Graham said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
The local uproar surrounding Anquan Boldin's performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday was both predictable and understandable. However, I'm not sure the attention is in the right place. The Ravens clearly used the money that they saved by trading Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers ($6 million) to rebuild their defense, which was a necessity. Elvis Dumervil certainly would not be in Baltimore if Boldin stayed, and Daryl Smith and Chris Canty may not be either.
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