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Pollard could not agree more.

“Don’t blame the coach because he doesn’t play,” Pollard said. “Dean has made great calls. It’s about us going out there and executing. The coaches can’t push a button to make us wrap up and tackle.”

Free safety Ed Reed, the last line of defense, missed several tackles on Sunday. He said this week that he’s been playing through a shoulder injury, even though he was not listed on the team’s injury report.

“I don’t play baseball. So long as I’m not throwing,” he said. “It’s nothing to worry about. The last few weeks I’ve been dealing with it. It’s all right.”

Houston and Baltimore are the only teams in the AFC with winning record. That, and not the Ravens‘ struggling defense, is what caught the attention of Texans coach Gary Kubiak.

“The one thing that jumps at me is they may have given up some yards on the ground,” he said, “but they’re winning those games.”

Ultimately, Pees believes, the defense will have something to do with it.

“These past six weeks, I can’t change it,” he said. “It’s about going forward. We have enough talent to succeed. We just have to play better.”