Bernard Pollard has made plenty of enemies in New England for his play on the field, and his postgame chatter isn’t going to help his cause.
Pollard, who has a well-documented history of injuring Patriots players over the years, made it clear after the Ravens’ AFC Championship victory on Sunday that he wasn’t a fan of Tom Brady‘s somewhat questionable slide at the end of the first half. Brady, who took off running with the ball, slid to avoid being hit by safety Ed Reed, but he did so with his cleats rather high, and there’s some question as to whether the Patriots quarterback was trying to kick Reed in the process.
“You’ve got to keep them legs down,” Pollard said, according to CSNNE.com. “You’ve go to keep the legs down. We all know and understand what’s going on there. And as a quarterback, when you go to slide, we’re taught … we can’t do anything. When you come sliding, and your leg is up in the air trying to kick somebody, that’s bull crap.”
When you consider the minimal contact you can legally make with quarterbacks nowadays, it makes sense that a defensive player would be a little up in arms over a situation like this. Of course, there’s no telling what was going through Brady’s head as he was going to the ground, but it was by no means a good-looking slide.