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Old 05-23-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Hines Ward or Steve Smith?

My friend and I debate this at least once a week. It isn't about the numbers, or who has more 50 yard catches. It's about pure ability.

Pros for each:

HINES: Hands, best blocking WR in the game, route running, possession receiver

SMITTY: Hands, speed, agility, route running, possession receiver


Really the only area that Smitty is better than Hines is at the "big play" ability, which is really speed + hands combined.

I view Hines as the better overall due to his blocking ability. It's fact that he is the best blocking receiver ever.


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(I am a Steelers fan, my friend is a Panthers fan. I say Hines, he says Smith.)
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hines Ward or Steve Smith?

I say Hines for one simple reason. He is clutch in key moments when you need a big play he always finds a way to get open and make a play.

Second he just fit's into the Steelers playbook better and is the best blocking WR in the game and something the run happy Steelers always need.
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:02 PM   #3
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Speed: Steve
Lateral quickness/acceleration: Steve
Jumpballs: Steve
Adjusting to bad throws: Steve
Big play ability: Steve
Balance/ability to stay inbounds: Steve
Athleticism: Steve
Versatility: Steve
Success while surrounding cast is failing: Steve
Seperation: Steve
Hands: Hines
Route running: Hines
Blocking: Hines
Leadership: Hines
Better Smile: Hines
Less fumble prone: Hines
Toughness: Tie?
Fighting for the ball: Tie?
Less injury prone: Tie? (Although, Hines has been hampered the last 3 years)


Steve is much more dangerous with the ball in his hands. Much, much more. I think they're both better fits on their current teams though...

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I say Hines for one simple reason. He is clutch in key moments when you need a big play he always finds a way to get open and make a play.

Second he just fit's into the Steelers playbook better and is the best blocking WR in the game and something the run happy Steelers always need.
I think we're getting carried away with this whole "clutch" thing on this board. It seems like every good player on this team is being considered clutch by someone.

Another thing to consider is that Steve plays phenomenally with great regularity even when his team is sucking.
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Smitty is actually more fumble prone. He has more than double career fumbles.
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Smith. Much faster and is just as tough/scrappy as Ward is. Plus, as said, Smith has rarely had any other receiveing threat around him.
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Smith. Much faster and is just as tough/scrappy as Ward is. Plus, as said, Smith has rarely had any other receiveing threat around him.
Faster does not = better.
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Faster does not = better.
lol of course, because speed is the only thing Steve Smith has on Ward
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lol of course, because speed is the only thing Steve Smith has on Ward
Pretty much, yeah.

WARD:
Hands
Route running
Blocking
Consistent
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Smith. Much faster and is just as tough/scrappy as Ward is. Plus, as said, Smith has rarely had any other receiveing threat around him.
He can't block like Hines. You can't convince me of that. Compare them by matching their ages. Hines is going into his 13th season. 3 years ahead of Smith. I think Steve Smith is great, I'd have loved him in black and gold BUT and this is a BIG BUT, I'll still take Hines.
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