Bernard Pollard: ‘You Can’t Stop Us’

The safety isn’t worried about the onslaught of Pro Bowl quarterbacks on their way.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, May 27th, 2012 at 11:46 am | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Ryan Mink

Bernard Pollard hears the talk.

Baltimore’s defense will be tested by 11 Pro Bowlers, with a combined 38 appearances among them, in 2012.

But the Ravens’ safety isn’t shaking in his boots.

“You’ve got so many people saying what we can’t do, who we’re facing, how many quarterbacks can do this, what offenses do that,” he said Wednesday.

“It does not matter, because when the whistle blows and you’re between those white [lines], you can’t stop us.

Pollard signed a three-year contract extension on May 8, giving Baltimore’s secondary even more stability in the long-term. The unit could be one of the team’s strongest in 2012.

Ed Reed’s return is somewhat in question, but Head Coach John Harbaugh expects him to be back. Baltimore also signed cornerback Lardarius Webb, who is emerging as one of the AFC’s top cornerbacks, to a long-term extension. The Ravens return last year’s first-round pick Jimmy Smith and 16-game starter Cary Williams.

Behind them is free-agent addition Corey Graham, who notched three picks in three straight games when he saw more playing time last year with Chicago. There’s also Danny Gorrer, Chykie Brown and rookie fifth-round pick Asa Jackson competing for spots.

“This front office has done a great job as far as getting players in here to help this team win, and obviously, that’s what we’re about,” Pollard said.

Pollard has taken on a leadership role in the back end with Reed out during the first organized team activity. He was very vocal on the field, shouting back and forth with coaches – including new Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees – and relaying calls to the rest of the unit.

Pollard has been vocal since he first arrived in Baltimore last summer. But just because he got a contract extension doesn’t mean he’s looking to change his style.

“I’m not changing what I do or what I’ve done,” Pollard said when asked if he wants more of a leadership role. “I can’t change that about myself. I couldn’t care less what I’ve just got. I talked with Coach [John] Harbaugh, [and] I’ve got to be me. And I’m the type of player where I come up, I play.”

Game Quarterback Pro Bowl
Week 1 – Cincinnati Andy Dalton 1x – 2011
Week 2 – @Philadelphia Michael Vick 4x – 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010
Week 3 – New England Tom Brady 7x – 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
Week 5 – @Kansas City Matt Cassel 1x – 2010
Week 6 – Dallas Tony Romo 3x – 2006, 2007, 2009
Week 7 – @Houston Matt Schaub 1x – 2009
Week 10 – Oakland Carson Palmer 2x – 2005, 2006
Week 11 – Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger 2x – 2007, 2011
Week 12 – @San Diego Philip Rivers 4x – 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Week 13 – @Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger 2x – 2007, 2011
Week 15 – Denver Peyton Manning 11x – 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Week 16 – New York Giants Eli Manning 2x – 2008, 2011
Week 17 – @Cincinnati Andy Dalton 1x – 2011