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Old 08-01-2008, 08:47 AM   #1
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Default Hines Ward Dig At Ben?

The P-G had a story today about Santonio Holmes growing into a leader, but quote meister Hines Ward managed to get in the last word:

The Steelers have done a good job of surrounding their franchise quarterback with the kind of skilled talent he needs. Roethlisberger can call on those two, plus a maturing Nate Washington and 6-foot-4 second-round pick Limas Sweed, the tall receiver the quarterback requested before the draft. There's also 6-5 tight end Heath Miller and 6-7 Matt Spaeth, a second-year man. At running back, there's a healthy two-time Pro Bowler Willie Parker, who led the NFL in rushing right up until the next-to-last game of the season when his fibula was broken -- plus first-round pick Rashard Mendenhall and new third-down back Mewelde Moore.

What more can a quarterback ask for (a competent offensive line, but that's another matter)?

"We're just as talented as anyone in the league," Ward said of the offense. "We have Heath at tight end, Santonio, myself, Nate, Sweed. We have a one-two running back punch.

"Ben has weapons around him, so the excuses shouldn't be made."


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08214/901123-13.stm

Sounds like Hines is still steamed about Ben's off season request for a tall receiver
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:57 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hines Ward Dig At Ben?

I really need to post more often this season. I've been reading these boards forever. Don't know why I never speak up.

Anyway, I'll go ahead and take Hines' comments to mean that the offense as a whole should have no excuse not to produce some serious points this year. I'd like to think he's not singling Ben out or taking a shot at him; he's posing a challenge to the whole unit. Saying, "Look at us on paper. Now, let's make it happen on the field!"

Saw them up close and personal in camp on Wednesday (I work for an ad agency; got to love those field-level V.I.P. media day passes!) and the offense looks like a tight-knit bunch.
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Default Re: Hines Ward Dig At Ben?

Wonder if this will turn into another 30-page marathon "he said/he said" thread.
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Default Re: Hines Ward Dig At Ben?

I agree with kochmanski... I dont think it was a dig at all. Just stating that the offense should have any reason not to do well.

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Uh oh, Hines took a dig at Ben. Steeler Chemistry is ruined. Here comes the media with their sensational articles.
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Default Re: Hines Ward Dig At Ben?

Just noting that Hines Ward always manages to get quoted in a manner that often takes a shot - it certainly is no big deal but it seemed like a zing to me - I could care less if anyone on the team gets along and IMO team "chemistry" is overrated - teams are happy when they win and pi**ed off when they lose
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I dont think he is criticizing ben at all.
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I'd like to think he's not singling Ben out or taking a shot at him; he's posing a challenge to the whole unit. Saying, "Look at us on paper. Now, let's make it happen on the field!"
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I could care less if anyone on the team gets along and IMO team "chemistry" is overrated - teams are happy when they win and pi**ed off when they lose
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Default Re: Hines Ward Dig At Ben?

I think Hines was probably talking to Alan Faneca on his cell at the time comment. So, I say we blame it on Faneca, since he is no longer here.

And I agree .... "team chemistry" is way overated. Although I think "team astro-physics" and "team oceanography" are essential.
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And I agree .... "team chemistry" is way overated. Although I think "team astro-physics" and "team oceanography" are essential.
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