Former Kansas Metropolis Chiefs head coach, Herm Edwards, talked to the fellows at 810 WHB in regards to the departure of Bernard Pollard. Whereas Herm did not get into whether or not he agreed or disagreed with the transfer as a result of, frankly, that does not matter at this level, he talked somewhat bit about what sort of participant he’s.
The phrases “within the field” got here up lots as Herm admitted Pollard wasn’t a protection man.
It is an fascinating take from a man who is aware of Pollard effectively. You’ll be able to take heed to it right here.
Beneath, I’ve pulled the part on Pollard from the 20+ minute interview and brought notes.
“He clearly was an excellent particular groups participant. Once we drafted Bernard, I believe within the third spherical or one thing like that, we had been in a security mode. We wanted some safeties. We bought him and Web page as younger rookies and tried to convey them alongside.
“Bernard is a man that may play very effectively within the field when he stays centered. At instances he loses focus, I believe. He is an emotional participant. Generally, his feelings get one of the best of him and he loses his focus and that is what hurts him at instances.
“He is by no means been the kind of participant you need in house. He is not an area man however he performs higher historically within the field. That is the place he performed at Purdue. Much like a linebacker or conventional robust security kinda man.
“He performed good on particular groups. He is an excellent particular groups participant. I believe he’ll get one other alternative someplace. Generally, once you let a man go, it makes him a greater participant down the highway. And hopefully this can.
“It would make him focus extra on his job and his obligations. Additionally, how you employ the man helps him too. Generally, you’ll be able to put gamers in spots the place they really feel uncomfortable.
“That is somewhat bit about professional soccer is that each participant has his strengths and also you all the time attempt to play to their strengths and that helps gamers grow to be profitable. If not, swiftly he turns into weak.”
Ought to a group attempt shifting him to linebacker?
“I do not know that. He is large, however he isn’t that large. He is form of a tweener. I tihnk he can play security in case you play him in a conventional function.
“He must be within the field. Like 85% of the time he must be within the field. He must be a field participant. That is in all probability the place he’ll in all probability flourish.
“Once more, the factor I believe that hurts Bernard at instances is his focus. He is so emotionally concerned within the soccer recreation he loses focus at instances. And that hurts you. That is how folks recreation plan you, there is no doubt about it. In the event that they suppose they will upset you and get you emotionally fascinated with issues, they will assault you.
Is it more durable to make use of a conventional robust security in at present’s NFL?
“You make a superb level in that groups unfold you out however I believe you are still going to play sure coverages the place you are going to want guys within the field, whether or not or not it’s in run help or move protection.
“In move protection, speaking about taking part in the field, we’re speaking about taking part in within the flat or the hook space, nothing within the deep a part of the soccer area. Whenever you play zones, you want guys beneath once you play these zones. Theyr’e going to play in some kind or vogue, the hook areas and the large areas outdoors the numbers.
“Once they play within the field, clearly they’ve a spot and have to regulate that hole. That is their hole of run obligations. You’ll be able to nonetheless use these guys. They nonetheless work.
“Linebackers, as , play within the field and customarily once you add that eighth aspect in run help that is normally the security popping out of the secondary to get you an eight man entrance.
“Kinda like once we had Lynch in Tampa that is what he did. He performed within the field lots. He performed halves at instances in the course of the sector however for probably the most half he performed within the field. He was a superb cowl man, he might cowl tight ends, which Bernard can do as a result of he has sufficient velocity to do this.”
On Jon McGraw:
“He has plenty of potential. The factor that is all the time damage Jon over his profession in case you return is that he hasn’t all the time been wholesome. Very sensible man, athletic, can run and bounce, has all these traits, performs the ball effectively. He is fearless nad not afraid to deal with.
“He is been nicked up, that is been kinda his entire profession.
“Once we first bought him in New York he was our nickel man. I do not know in case you guys bear in mind however once we first performed the Chiefs in New York he lined Tony on third owns. We introduced him down and he lined Tony on third down.”