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Bernard Pollard wants to lead by hitting

Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks a tackle against Bernard Pollard #31 of the Baltimore Ravens and runs in for a touchdown in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Part of the reason safety Bernard Pollard is in Tennessee is to provide some leadership to a defense that allowed 471 points last season.

Pollard isn’t one for leading with words, though. He’s more into leading by hitting opposing players as hard as he can in hopes that it inspires his teammates to do the very same thing.

“I’ll say a few things, but for the most part, I’m going to go out there and knock the (heck) out of somebody on the field and hopefully you follow,” Pollard said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean. “That’s the mindset that we have to have on this defense. If a guy come across the middle, if a guy comes up to you … if a guy wants to pick a fight, we as a defense, we’re going to fight and ask questions later. The guy has the opposite jersey on so we’re going to fight and we’ll beat him down. Then we’ll talk about it afterwards. We’ll laugh and hopefully our team didn’t get beat up.”

You could probably guess from that quote that Pollard’s already fond of Gregg Williams, whose post-bounty absence from football ended when the Titans hired him to be a senior defensive assistant. He called Williams “very passionate” and said that the Titans were going to play “smack you in the mouth football” this season thanks to Williams’ tutelage.

If you want to get tougher on defense, it makes sense to bring in guys who are known for physical play. Pollard and Williams certainly qualify.