Count Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard among those who believe the NFL is taking things too far in terms of monitoring player safety in the game.
Pollard, commenting on the Bounty-gate scandal in New Orleans to KILT in Houston via Sports Radio Interviews,said the league is "not powderpuff football."
You don’t wanna tell somebody how to do their job, especially somebody in the head office," Pollard said. "But it’s gotten way out of hand, and it really has gotten way out of hand. You’re penalizing a coach for coming out of his pocket to say, ‘If somebody hits this guy — not hit him illegally, hit him — and take him out’ …
"First game we played Houston Texans they (played) without Andre Johnson. We were happy. You know what I’m saying? It’s just one of those things where nobody’s trying to be mean, but at the end of the day if you don’t have a good player, that is a edge you have to win, or to help your offense. So it’s gotten way out of hand.”
Pollard went on to say, "From what I see we’re gonna be running around with helmets and flags on, and I guess in about seven years. So like I said, it’s getting out of hand. I don’t know what he’s trying to prove, I don’t know what the NFL office is trying to prove. Guys are getting hit all the time. We get hit. This is a freaking violent sport."
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com