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Was the decision to release Bernard Pollard personal or just personnel?

When the Chiefs made their final roster cut down to 53 players the biggest name cut was fourth year safety Bernard Pollard, the case could be made that he was released because he always goes for the big hit and never wraps up his tackles. Maybe you could say he was released because he was consistently getting burned in coverage but when you look at his raw athletic ability ( He hits like a LB and can run with receivers) and consider his special team prowess on top of the Chiefs current lack of talented players this move becomes very curious.

If a player that is a punt blocking ace on a team that will definitely need turnovers and field position is told his services are no longer required the question becomes why? Pollard as you may remember in week one last season is the player that knocked Tom Brady out for the season ruining any chance Scott Pioli had for revenge on the previous season’s Super Bowl loss.

The New England way of doing things is sticking to the philosophy that no one player is bigger than the team. Case in point recently the Patriots traded future Hall of Famer Richard Seymour to the Raiders for a first round pick in 2011 because Seymour was going to be up for a new contract ….. A big one. The Patriots develop players and trade them before it’s time to pay them this philosophy has worked very well for them. That philosophy applies to everybody except Tom Brady.

Tom Brady got a Peyton Manning type contract when his contract was up and is the New England golden boy, when Pollard knocked Brady out for the season Pioli and Bill Belichick wanted Pollard fined and suspended for that hit that they considered dirty. Could it be Pollard’s role in ruining New England’s Super Bowl chances in week one of the 2008 season played a factor in his release almost one year later? Could it be that Pollard just don’t have what it takes to make it as a safety or was this move revenge served Pioli style?

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One Response to “Was the decision to release Bernard Pollard personal or just personnel?”

  1. SBrat says:

    How do you cut a guy that leads your team in tackles and blocked punts? Maybe he’s not the best cover saftey but he might be the most athletic player on the team. For someone that doesnt wrap up he had 90 tackles, the most on the team, last season.

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