Of course you've now heard about free safety Ed Reed finally signing with the Houston Texans. Everyone's favorite beat writer was a little perturbed last night when Mr. Reed wouldn't speak to him, and the other media folk, at the airport. Cue the outrage!
We chased Reed all the way to parking lot after waiting 3 hrs and wouldn't give us courtesy of even stopping.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 22, 2013
For 34 years I've met All-Pros and Hall of Famers at airport and can't remember any of them refusing to comment.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 22, 2013
My sympathies go to Reed in this case. The last thing I'd want after a long flight is to be bombarded with questions late at night. At least McClain managed to get a bit of exercise.
Former Texans safety (and human sledgehammer) Bernard Pollard signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans, yesterday. He was interviewed on SportsRadio 610 and shared his side of the story on the "mutiny," his thoughts on the culture of the Baltimore Ravens locker room, and what he thinks the Texans will get from newly-signed Ed Reed. Pollard was also very vocal in his opposition to the new "Helmet" rule for running backs. He was always one of my favorite interviews during his time in Houston because of his strong opinions and candor. You can listen here. Here's a snippet:
"Everybody had that 'I wanna kill' mentality... We walked out on the field with a personality and we walked out on the field looking to bully another team."
~ Pollard on the culture of the Ravens' locker room
One more gem:
"For the most part, you can say "bounty" or whatever, that's the mentality I go with, anyway. Whether you pay me or not, I'm going out there trying to hurt somebody. It's killed or be killed in this league, and that's the way I play."
~ Pollard on what he'll bring to the Tennessee Titans
If you need a reminder on the boomstick Pollard carries here you go:
Bernard Pollard Massive Hit On Stephan Ridley Causing Him To Fumble (via GoinHamOnEm88)
Finally, check out NFL.com's interview with Texans free safety Reed immediately following the contract signing.
"There's going to be some trouble for a lot of people to come this fall. We've got a squad, man."
That's what we're hoping for, Ed. Don't let us down.