I was initially disappointed in the loss of Pollard. He was a hitter and enforcer in a secondary that really didn't have another one. But his strength was in run support far more than coverage. The Ravens obviously were committed this off-season to stopping the run somewhere else besides several yards behind the LOS (see Canty, Dumervil, Spears signings).
Add to that the facxt that he was a loose cannon: a PF waiting to happen on many of his hits, an outspoken opponent of the League's emphasis on [offensive] player safety with a self-placed target on his back for refs and the League Office. His style of intimidating DB play is going the way of the dodo, and he didn't have the coverage skills to compensate.
He probably did piss off Harbs & Co. more times than the infamous Halloween mutiny. Reed had loose lips, too, but also a stature and service record that more or less entitled him to outbursts and random regrettable musings.
They let Reed go cause he was done (God bless him). I can accept that Pollard helped show himself to the door.
- Wins over the Browns (hooray)
- Getting run over by Dallas and only beating them by 2 points because of a missed field goal
- Beating the great Byron Leftwich by three points
- A miraculous 4th & 29 play to edge out the Chargers, who ended up firing their GM and Coach
- Losing to Kirk Cousins
- Losing to Charlie Batch in Baltimore
- Getting curb stomped by Denver in Caldwell's first game
The stepped up play coincided with Caldwell settling in as OC. I agree that Cam's firing was a great thing, but he was canned after the Skins game. I think the coaching staff would have made the move either way. And let's remember that the initial mutiny was about practicing in pads - it was Harbs and Reed who managed to transmute it into a discussion about the OC. I don't know what Pollard's role might have been, but he could have just been a loudmouth.
A lot of us were complaining about how we possibly wasted Ray and Reed's last years here. How last year was our year and that Flacco was too inconsistent. It was only after Caldwell got some time to settle in and we saw the performance in the Giants game that people started believing in this team again. And I bet that's what motivated the defense to step up in the playoffs. I maintain the Cam move would have happened without the mutiny, and that's why I think Harbs doesn't see it as a good thing (despite what he tells the media).
If the mutiny resulted in Bisciotti getting wind that damn near every player on the team hated Cam, thus making Bisciotti force Harbaugh to fire him a few weeks later, then it was the best thing to ever happen to this team.
Harbaugh was never going to fire "Coach Cam". Just watch all of the mic'ed up stuff. Every other clip is Harbaugh patting Cam on the back with a "great call, coach Cam". Harbaugh gave him game balls for Christ's sake. He was never going to fire him, until Bisciotti put his own ass on the line. Obviously Harbaugh is still a little sore about losing his bestest bestie.
1) Pollard isn't very good in coverage, and
2) Reed is no longer a $5Mil/year Safety.
Radical stuff, know. I mean, how often are players released just because the team thinks it can find better or cheaper replacements?
It may have added, but they weren't let go for that reason alone. If they were, the Ravens wouldn't have competed for Reed.
On the other hand, it was reported that Pollard and others blindsided Harbaugh in the middle of practice, in front of the entire team and refused to practice until he addressed their concerns. That's NOT the right way to do things.