Bernard Pollard: ‘I wouldn’t root for this team either’

It’s been anything but a rousing season in the Music City.

The Tennessee Titans, sitting near the AFC South basement, are reeling. They’ve lost three consecutive games, each by 16 points or more. Their last two losses to the Bengals and Colts, respectively, were utter blowouts where the team showed little life.

As disgusted as the fans are — and it’s evident by the boos that rain down from LP Field — the players are sick of taking it on the chin.

One of those players, outspoken safety Bernard Pollard, let it be known that fans have every right to be upset.

“I am pretty sure I’ve offended people, but I couldn’t care less,” Pollard said, via the Tennessean. “We need to just show up and play. As far as saying we need the fans to show up and back us up, they’ve been backing us up since we’ve been here. You want to call them fair-weather fans and say they don’t show up, rightfully so. I wouldn’t root for this team either, because we’re a team that comes out and shows greatness one time and then we come out and drop an egg. We can’t do that.”

The last time the Titans showed something near greatness was Week 1, when they handily defeated the Chiefs, 26-10, in Kansas City. Since then, however, it’s been nothing but defeat. Pollard knows this, and isn’t mincing words.

“I’m going to try to (tick) some people off,” Pollard said. “We have talent. We have guys that can take the roof off and guys that can be stars in this league. It’s time for us to do that. We’re a 1-3 football team. The first quarter was … horrible. We sucked butt. I say that again, and I mean what I say: We were horrible. But we have a shot at being a very good football team, and I’m going to try and pull that out of all of us. … Right now, we’re doormats to a lot of people around the league.”

The Titans are facing a fairly easily stretch in the second quarter of the season. They’ll take on the Browns, Jaguars, and Texans at home, and hit the road to play the Redskins, between now and Oct. 26.

Pollard won’t guarantee wins, but, perhaps as a silver lining, promises that the team will be more competitive.

“If we’re going to go down, we’re going to go down fighting,” Pollard said. “We have to be a better football team, because our fans deserve better. This city deserves better and this organization deserves better.”

The good news: they can’t be much worse.

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).