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Count Zarth
08-16-2006, 02:41 AM
http://cjonline.com/stories/081606/chi_pollard.shtml

Pollard, Page could make immediate impact in KC

Tully Corcoran
The Capital-Journal

NFL Draft 101, Section 1, Rule B: Any time you're looking for defense in the draft and there's a guy known as "Bonecrusher" available, you make that pick.

The Kansas City Chiefs followed the rules this year, taking safety Bernard "Bonecrusher" Pollard in the second round.

They call him "Bonecrusher" because, of course, he likes to hit. And at 6-foot-1, 224 pounds, he's good at it.

"When I go to tackle," he said, "I say 'Hey, I am here to crush bones.'"

He's been doing plenty of that throughout training camp. The 54th overall pick out of Purdue, Pollard is still learning the complexities of NFL coverages.

But the hitting comes naturally.

The Bonecrusher is polite and easy-spoken, and a bit of a computer nerd, claiming to spend hours at night reading software. Pollard is equal parts Steve Jobs and Steve Atwater.

Watching Pollard roam the secondary is like watching someone play Whack-A-Weasel, wide-eyed and ready to strike the first moving object in sight. You get the impression he would deck the Pope if he came over the middle, then smile and ask his blessing.

The Chiefs think Bonecrusher, and seventh-rounder Jarrad Page, a 6-0, 225-pound safety from UCLA, will be important players.

Not in the future. Now.

Both have spent ample time running with the second-team defense in practice. And both have caught coach Herm Edwards' attention.

"Oh, they're going to play," Edwards said prior to the Chiefs first preseason game. "That goes without question."

Page is the bigger surprise. Rarely does a seventh-round pick (228th overall) climb the depth chart as Page has. It's also rare that a player with his size and 4.59 speed enters the draft with such lukewarm stock.

Some scouts ripped him for inconsistent play, saying he doesn't tackle well. Some said his footwork is sloppy. Some said he lacks closing speed and could move to linebacker.

Some attributed his inconsistency to his baseball career, which got him drafted by three Major League teams.

Anyway, there is not much tackling in training camp, so the Chiefs still don't really know whether he's corrected that. They don't seem worried about his coverage skills.

Page has worked in cornerback drills during individual sessions. Though not rare for a safety, it shows how the Chiefs want to use him.

"We've got him in the nickel; we've got him in the dime," Edwards said. "So, he's going to play a lot of football for us. But we always try to get him some work because a lot of times he's going to in the nickel on the slot guy."

Pollard's role is clearer.

"I know it's hitting," he said of his strength. "I feel confident as far as going back there, if I have to cover a tight end or a running back or get back in thirds."

Pollard has the luxury of learning from a pair of veterans in Sammy Knight and Greg Wesley, a duo with 17 years combined experience. He wants to play, but understands the challenge.

"You're trying to take a position from somebody who's trying to feed his family or provide for his family," he said. "And these guys are really good."

The most likely scenario has Pollard and Page spotting the veterans, but earning their paychecks on special teams.

"That's one thing I know I'm gonna play," said Pollard, who blocked three punts and a school-record five kicks at Purdue. "I take pride in that -- punt returns, punts, field goal blocks."

Oh, and then there's that other thing.

"The best thing about it is," he said, "you catch somebody slipping, you can go ahead and tat 'em up a little bit."

Count Zarth
08-16-2006, 02:47 AM
I am here to crush bones

ZootedGranny
08-16-2006, 03:06 AM
"The best thing about it is," he said, "you catch somebody slipping, you can go ahead and tat 'em up a little bit."

"YOU GET CAUGHT SLIPPIN, YO ASS GOTS TO DIE" -poet laureate RBX

mikey23545
08-16-2006, 05:10 AM
<b>"The best thing about it is," he said, "you catch somebody slipping, you can go ahead and tat 'em up a little bit."</b>

Why do I get such a warm fuzzy glow from reading this?...

jidar
08-16-2006, 06:24 AM
I can't believe we could get that kind of value out of a 7th round pick. *crosses fingers*

Brock
08-16-2006, 06:29 AM
Hitting ain't tackling.

Rain Man
08-16-2006, 08:40 AM
Watching Pollard roam the secondary is like watching someone play Whack-A-Weasel, wide-eyed and ready to strike the first moving object in sight. You get the impression he would deck the Pope if he came over the middle, then smile and ask his blessing.




Hey, if the Pope doesn't want to get hit, then the Pope should stop running routes over the middle.

Count Zarth
08-16-2006, 08:23 PM
C'mon. He wants to crush bones.

Ultra Peanut
08-16-2006, 08:26 PM
Just for the record, I was the first person on the Planet to have a Bonecrusher avatar.

trndobrd
08-16-2006, 08:35 PM
Hitting ain't tackling.


No....no, it's not.....but it can sure give a wideout a bad case of alligator arms on those crossing routes late in the 4th quarter.

DaKCMan AP
08-16-2006, 08:35 PM
Yeah, well, Jarrad Page is my facebook friend. Jealous?

:p ROFL

Skip Towne
08-16-2006, 08:45 PM
TAT 'EM UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ultra Peanut
08-16-2006, 09:02 PM
IF YOU STEP TO ME I BRING THE PAIN WHITE BOY

KChiefs1
08-16-2006, 09:04 PM
How in the hell did Page last til the 7th round?????

Good job Carl!

Halfcan
08-16-2006, 09:04 PM
Just for the record, I was the first person on the Planet to have a Bonecrusher avatar.

I think he shaved the moustache though??

beer bacon
08-16-2006, 09:06 PM
How in the hell did Page last til the 7th round?????

Good job Carl!

Nobody was really sure if he was going to choose baseball or football. Also, I read that he weighed in 20 pounds heavier at the combine then he is now. If his bio is correct he weighs 225 now...I don't know how many teams were looking for 245 pound safeties.

ChiefFan31
08-16-2006, 10:18 PM
I like that article.

That is one thing refreshing that I watched last night in the KC/Hou game. Both of those safeties can hit.

Jarrod Page, came up in the hole and stuck the running back nicely on a play inside the 10. (dont remember the exact down and distance)

Pollard had two sweet hits. One on that big ass tight end, and the other one where he hit the guy and then slammed his ass down on the sidelines :rockon:

Of course there was also the time where Pollard failed to wrap and bounced off the guy resulting in a 10+ yard play for Hou. That is a "rookie" mistake and can be corrected IMO. I quoted rookie because that still happens all over the NFL.


and Dare I say, that the Almighty Rich Scanlon should have stopped that Sage R. bootleg touchdown run. He got lost in space, he should have made that stop.

Wa-Z
08-16-2006, 10:24 PM
Yeah, well, Jarrad Page is my facebook friend. Jealous?

:p ROFL

No, that makes two of us! :p

Reaper16
08-16-2006, 10:48 PM
Just for the record, I was the first person on the Planet to have a Bonecrusher avatar.
As long as this counts for something, I was the second. :)

milkman
08-16-2006, 10:50 PM
As long as this counts for something, I was the second. :)

Nobody ever remembers who came in second.

Second is just the first loser.

Reaper16
08-16-2006, 10:52 PM
Nobody ever remembers who came in second.

Second is just the first loser.
:deevee:

CHENZ A!
08-16-2006, 10:55 PM
Is Page's name pronounced like Jared or like Jarrod? I have heard both, and I always said it like Jared. :shrug:

Count Zarth
08-16-2006, 11:00 PM
Jarrad.

CHENZ A!
08-16-2006, 11:01 PM
Jarrad.

right on.

jspchief
08-17-2006, 05:58 AM
So who's the last rookie that got as much preseason hype as these two have received? (insert Scanlon joke here).

I can't help but temper my enthusiasm, because the hype seems to exceed what can realistically be gleened from a few practices.

Iowanian
08-17-2006, 08:26 AM
I think Page slipped because there was alot of speculation that he'd play baseball. Even after the Chiefs drafted him, there was speculation that he might take a baseball contract.

I saw both Pollard and Page make good hits in Mankato and in the first preseason game, however I saw both of them "hit" people and try to arm tackle only to have the ball carrier running a few yards down the field while they picked themselves off of the grass.

Wrap and drive through.

buddha
08-17-2006, 08:38 AM
How in the hell did Page last til the 7th round?????

Good job Carl!

Two words, "draft experts." The collection of geeks start to believe their own bullshit after they have repeated it dozens of times. Before you know it, every player who doesn't go in the top four rounds has flaws that couldn't possibly be overcome.

You look at Page in that #44 and he looks like a freaking beast!

jspchief
08-17-2006, 08:41 AM
Two words, "draft experts." The collection of geeks start to believe their own bullshit after they have repeated it dozens of times. Before you know it, every player who doesn't go in the top four rounds has flaws that couldn't possibly be overcome.

You look at Page in that #44 and he looks like a freaking beast!Are you suggesting that that NFL teams missed his talent due to the opinions of guys like Mel Kiper? or do you mean scouting personnel when you say "draft experts"?

TinyEvel
08-17-2006, 10:36 AM
I hope this guy, more than anyone, (even Hali) lives up to the hype/expectations.

BIG TIME fingers crossed. To have a playmaker/threat like him on our D would rule.

ferrarispider95
08-17-2006, 12:11 PM
"The Bonecrusher is polite and easy-spoken, and a bit of a computer nerd, claiming to spend hours at night reading software. Pollard is equal parts Steve Jobs and Steve Atwater."


How do you read software? I think he meant to say he was looking at porn.

trndobrd
08-17-2006, 12:13 PM
"The Bonecrusher is polite and easy-spoken, and a bit of a computer nerd, claiming to spend hours at night reading software. Pollard is equal parts Steve Jobs and Steve Atwater."


How do you read software? I think he meant to say he was looking at porn.


Maybe he is the one guy in all the world that reads the manuals that come packaged with software.

Mr. Laz
08-17-2006, 12:47 PM
i didn't seem anything particularly special in Pollard and Page against the Texans.

still young'uns though :shrug:

Fried Meat Ball!
08-17-2006, 12:54 PM
Maybe he is the one guy in all the world that reads the manuals that come packaged with software.
He has lasers planeted in his eyes. He doesn't need a CD or DVD player... he just reads them then and there.