It wasn’t very long ago that Tennessee Titans defensive back Bernard Pollard stated the teams 2013 defense ‘sucked butt’, but with some new additions and a shift to a hybrid system under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Pollard sees big things coming from the Titans defensively this season suggesting they’ve transformed into Rottweilers.
“We were German shepherds in the training phase, but for some reason we transformed to pit bulls, to Rottweilers,” Pollard said. “Preferably, I want to be a lion, but there’s no lions over here, but I’ve got the heart.”
Always using extremely colorful descriptions, Pollard seems much more impressed with the new defensive scheme despite only participating in a handful of non-contact organized team activities in the last week.
One thing that has reportedly changed is the level of intensity as Pollard believes the current defensive cast has the much needed killer instinct last seasons roster lacked.
“We had some great plays, but you look at some games, and we didn’t step on the throat when we were supposed to,” Pollard continued. “We didn’t finish it off when we were supposed to, we didn’t get off the field when we were supposed to, so if you look at Coach Horton and the mentality that they’re instilling in players like us, it’s going to be a fun year.”
He isn’t the only one to express excitement as players like Jurrell Casey and head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who came over from the San Diego Chargers, also expressed optimism with the new-look Titans.