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NKySteeler
08-07-2008, 08:18 PM
By now, we've all heard about AS clocking Hines... Here's the article from todays' Post-Gazette about it....
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Ward upset with Anthony Smith after big hit over middle in practice
Thursday, August 07, 2008
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Hines Ward is slow to get up after taking a hard hit from teammate Anthony Smith.

Hines Ward has been upset a couple times at safety Anthony Smith for some of the hard hits he delivers to other wide receivers at training camp.

Yesterday, the four-time Pro Bowl receiver was angry again at Smith, a third-year player from Syracuse, because the receiver he hammered on a pass over the middle was Ward.

"There's not much to say ... he hit me," Ward said. "You saw what happened. You guys saw it. There's really nothing for me to say."

Anthony Smith, who enters his 11th season with the Steelers, didn't have to say much. He had a stern look and was not smiling when he was asked about the play in which Smith delivered a jarring hit after a pass over the middle from Ben Roethlisberger, knocking Ward to the ground.

"I'm not going to comment about it," Ward said. "I've been hit before."

Last year at training camp, Ward was angry and began shouting at Smith on the sideline after a play in which the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith delivered a hard hit on wide receiver Willie Reid. Ward thought the hit was unnecessary because Reid was returning from a foot injury that ended his 2006 season.

Smith did it again last week when he hammered Reid after a pass reception in practice.

This time, though, the target was Ward. And he wasn't happy about it.

"I normally don't get hit like that during the preseason till preseason games," Ward said. "It is what it is. I'm not going to harp about it."

AkronSteel
08-07-2008, 08:35 PM
Just get rid of him, please. He is not a Steelers type player. He showed that back in '06 against Carolina with his showboating move. He has continued to be an undisciplined player, who does nothing in the real games but loves to take cheap shots when he can. I just don't think the kid is mature enough to be a positive part of the team. Heck, if he was with the Bungles he probably would have been arrested and out of the league already.

NKySteeler
08-07-2008, 08:41 PM
Akron, I also was ticked about the "showboating" against Carolina.... I am torn about keeping him (because he does have some serious potential), and cutting him...

...I will say that the pic of Hines laying on the turf really pissed me off, and that's why I included it in the thread... You NEVER want to see one of your star WRs' laying on the turf like that from a hit in practice.... And apparently he lit-up Reid again last week... :? .... I'm at a loss for words about this...

AkronSteel
08-07-2008, 08:46 PM
Akron, I also was ticked about the "showboating" against Carolina.... I am torn about keeping him (because he does have some serious potential), and cutting him...

...I will say that the pic of Hines laying on the turf really pissed me off, and that's why I included it in the thread... You NEVER want to see one of your star WRs' laying on the turf like that from a hit in practice.... And apparently he lit-up Reid again last week... :? .... I'm at a loss for words about this...

I hear ya man! I see the potential too, but I just don't think this kid gets it! You can tell that the coaches are begining to get to the end with this kid. I just think he may bite the bullet b/c he was not brought in by Tomlin and you can tell that Coach T just doesn't like the kind too much.

NKySteeler
08-07-2008, 08:59 PM
I just don't think this kid gets it!

... Agreed.... :?

Ozey74
08-07-2008, 09:18 PM
I just don't think this kid gets it!

... Agreed.... :?

I think he's stupid. You can't coach stupid!

RuthlessBurgher
08-07-2008, 10:28 PM
Anthony Smith, who enters his 11th season with the Steelers, didn't have to say much.

Doesn't the Post-Gazette employ editors? Sheesh.

Well, it is the first time that I have ever seen Hines on a football field without a smile on his face. Way to go, kid...you da man, alright. :roll:

NKySteeler
08-07-2008, 11:01 PM
Doesn't the Post-Gazette employ editors? Sheesh.

Wha????.... You don't have respect for a SERIOUS veteran player?..... :lol:

... I should have edited that. But I will not edit an article in any way. (I bitched at tommiesteel for doing so, and I won't do it...)

Shawn
08-07-2008, 11:39 PM
Looks like da alien flat out blew Ward up. Now if he could actually do that to anyone besides his own teammates.

kennyes
08-08-2008, 01:25 AM
I think Syracuse is a douche bag and apparently a pretty stupid one at that. His main role should be on special teams as a head hunter.

sd steel
08-08-2008, 01:50 AM
I agree that Smith is a dumbass, but at the same time the kid is a ball hawk and he is the biggest hitting DB we have. I guarantee if we cut him we will eventually regret it. The kid has the Ronnie Lott/ Jack Tatum gene. He is able to apply a knockout blow to a receiver. His timing is perfect for the hit, and he is an itimidator, and he is the guy that give opposing receivers the alligator arms over the middle.

Should he be hitting receivers in non-contact drills? No. But should they be ready to take the hit anyways? Yes.

Also if your read the article where Clark commented on the hit, he said that everything was blown out of proportion by the media (looking for a story), and he barely hit Ward. Maybe he was just doing damage control, but I think AS is a guy we need in the d backfield.

AngryAsian
08-08-2008, 07:55 AM
Looks like da alien flat out blew Ward up. Now if he could actually do that to anyone besides his own teammates.

ET needs to corral that energy to opposing offenses, not his own. I'm hoping someone lights up this kid and shows him what's it like on the other end. It seems that this is the only way that this kid will acquire his smarts.

rpmpit
08-08-2008, 09:21 AM
These guys play football right??? Take the hit and stop crying, Hines.

But yeah, I'd like to see AS hitting more people like that when it counts.