Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
No he didn't.
You people just refuse to recognize a middle-ground between All Pros and shitty players. Some guys are just passable starters; every team has a handful of them. The Chiefs don't right now and that's exactly why they're awful. Bernard Pollard has always been the kind of servicable starter that every decent team is going to have a few of and desperately need.
Yes, he got beat on occasion in Houston, just as he did in KC. Why? Because he's not a coverage safety and never will be. Hell, Berry gets beat and he isn't anywhere near the hitter that Pollard is.
His first season as a starter in Houston he had 4 picks and 7 PDs, not to mention 82 tackles. His AV per PFR was 7 (Berry's this season was 8). Hell, I'm pretty sure he was Pro-Bowl alternate that year.
No, he did not 'suck' by any definition of the term. He was a decent player with a killer's mentality that could be victimized by double-moves. He was absolutely a starting caliber Safety and he'd have been no worse than the 2nd best safety on our team every single season since he's been cut.
Cutting him was asinine and showed a severe lack of foresight by ***** as well as a complete inability to recognize and adapt to someone's skill-set. ***** proved that to be his major blind spot his entire time here. Pollard was just another square peg to *****, but since he injured the Don's golden boy, he didn't even attempt to hammer him into a a round hole.
Instead he dumped a 24 yr old, 2 year starter with upside and a decent track record of success. He was a stupid cut and time has only proven that.
Man, our sub package would have been interesting as to how teams played us with Pollard still around. You could slide him the box next to DJ, you could have him free lance in cv1 spots, etc.
Pioli was Millen bad when you evaluate all of the roster moves he did. Thankfully, he's set up a solid OL (despite Romeo/Daboll trying to kill Charles this year) that will be excellent for Geno to step into.