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Old 03-06-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default Ward Tired of Being a Leader???

ok. a bit overdramatic, but its the off season and we need some discussion topics. this article goes to show you cant just plug anyone in, to replace what jerome brought to the table.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_496277.html (for the rest of the article)

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His role should increase next season, assuming new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians incorporates four-wide receiver sets into the Steelers' offense. Yet, Hines Ward wants it to decrease in one sense.
"Last year, I found myself trying to speak on the run, make sure when we'd break the huddle that (other wide receivers) were running the right routes," Ward said last week during a break from ESPN The Weekend festivities at Walt Disney World. "You're breaking the huddle and it's like, 'Hey, you've got a curl route. Watch that safety.' I found myself doing that more than I had to (in the past)."

The maturation of young wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Nate Washington could take some of that burden off Ward. The Steelers also may look to upgrade the position through the NFL draft or free agency.

Ward also indicated he needs to relieve some of it himself by playing a little less big brother.


"Going into my 10th year, I know the game and know what they're going through, so I try to overcompensate too much," Ward said, "because even though they know it, I just like to double-check to make sure they do know it."

The trick for Ward, who said he will start working out with his teammates in a couple of weeks, may be finding that balance between leading and literally showing the way.

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Perhaps the one area he needs to improve upon is not worrying so much about the receivers he has helped nurture.

"This year, I'm going to do less of that and just get back to playing football and just watching those guys grow into their own," Ward said. "That's kind of one of my personal goals this year is to sit back and teach those guys as much as I can and just watch them go out and flourish as wide receivers."
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: Ward Tired of Being a Leader???

In my opinion, I think Ward feels too much like a babysitter these days and not so much of a teacher. I think some of these guys just need to step up their game and the rest will fall into place. Who knows, maybe Hines feels that he's working so much harder than the other receivers and then has to go out and attempt to fix their mistakes. I don't know, I think I'd be a little frustrated about that too. This is all speculation and just an opinion though. I could be way off! Good discussion though, Tony
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:47 AM   #3
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Eh, I don't get that impression, tony. It's like what Exton said: Maybe Hines just feels like he was doing the job of those who should have known theirs. I think the receiving corps will handle their assignments better next season.
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ward is the only offensive leader,you can consider alan faneca but lineman usually dont speak up that much,he is probably tired of being the onlygood reciever and having so much pressure on him.
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ward is the only offensive leader,you can consider alan faneca but lineman usually dont speak up that much,he is probably tired of being the onlygood reciever and having so much pressure on him.
I agree. I think some players last year tried too hard and it backfired. But one should think the leader of the offense should be the quarterback. Hopefully, with the low profile off season that will re-tool some players to step up and do what they need to do.
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Default Re: Ward Tired of Being a Leader???

I think part of the problem was hew as seeing the faults and instead of the coaches trying to fix them...Ward found himself being the coach.

Hines is a fine leader and has been for years,but he shouldn't have to coach his teammates to.
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Well, I can see him teaching and helping the other WR, but I think when it gets as far as actually coaching them, then the "coaches" mind gets taken away from the game and put more on being like a "father/coach" to the other WR.

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I don't get that impression either. Ward has taken on a little too much.
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I don't get that impression either. Ward has taken on a little too much.
Well, I also believe that. I'm just glad he had a good reason behind taking on too much, which was the good of the team.

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I agree with TackleMeBen. Big Ben should be the leader on offense. I think Ward should do just as he says lead by example.
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