Bernard Pollard's seeming form tackle in the third quarter of Monday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars not only cost the Ravens 15 yards, but it could cost the hard-hitting safety $10,000.
That's how much Pollard was fined by the NFL today after his hit, which wasn't helmet-to-helmet, jarred the ball loose from Deji Karim in the third quarter Monday. Pollard was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the third-down play, prolonging the drive and leading to a Josh Scobee field goal and a 9-0 Jaguars' lead.
An NFL spokesman said that Pollard was fined specifically for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area on a pass play.
It's expected that Pollard, a first-year Raven, will appeal the fine. The Ravens were outraged by the call and didn't feel that Pollard would be fined.
"Like I’ve said before, with these rules they’re putting in, you’re going to get guys hurt because now when you tell a guy, ‘OK, don’t hit in the chest. We know you can’t hit in the head, but don’t hit in the chest either,’ what everybody is going to start doing is going after people’s knees because you’ve got to bring them down some way, somehow,” Pollard said after Wednesday’s practice. “So now when you get those hits on the knees, you’re going to have some guys going out. So are they going to make this flag football? You never know. So I think with the rules they’re implementing, we’ve got to be ready to go. We’ve got to be ready as defenders. We respond, and we react, and we react to them. So when you have quick passes, you’ve got to get them down some way, somehow. We all know and understand that we cannot take the face shots because you’ve got the concussions and everything else. But you can’t shut us off and tell us that we can’t hit the chest or we can’t lean in with our shoulder and hit them in the shoulder or chest.”
Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said that Pollard's hit on Karim was "perfect in every sense of how you teach that."
"He had his head to the side, he put his shoulder on him [and] broke on it perfect," Pagano said. "The timing was great."
Added middle linebacker Ray Lewis: "When the ball is in the man's hands, how else can you make a better hit than what Pollard made on that play? That's what football is. That's the essence of football from a defensive side of the ball."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times