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Chiefs’ Haley, Johnson discuss Pollard’s exit from KC

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 13, 2010 – 5:21 pm

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley and linebacker Derrick Johnson joined the Houston media via conference call on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, much of the discussion centered on Texans safety Bernard Pollard.

Pollard played for the Chiefs from 2006-08, leading Kansas City in tackles in ’08, but was cut just before the start of the 2009 season. Pollard has said that he didn’t see eye-to-eye to with the new regime that took over for coach Herm Edwards and that he never got a reason why he was released.

“I just think that this business is a tough business,” Haley said Wednesday. “As coaches, you’ve got to make difficult decisions that are made for a lot of different reasons. The number one reason is to make the right decisions for your team… It’s just that when we continued to move forward as a team and trying to build this team with the types of players we want to build it with, that was just one of those tough decisions.

“I want to be clear about that: It was a tough decision, and not an easy one. Some are easier than others. I’m just happy for Bernard because I think a lot of Bernard. I like passionate guys that are into football and passionate about playing this great game. He’s definitely one of them.”

Johnson, Pollard’s teammate from 2006-08, was asked if he was surprised when Pollard was cut.

“Things happen in the league where you don’t understand,” he said. “I don’t know what went on up in the front office, so I can’t really speak on that. I do know that Bernard is a good player… I like him a lot. He’s a tough guy; he wants to knock your head off. That’s his mentality.”


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