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hawaiiansteel
01-06-2011, 10:18 PM
about the playoffs and what they're about to step into, that is... :tt2


Ward: Young WRs 'don't have a clue' about playoffs

January 6th, 2011


Apparently the Steelers’ bye week goes by another name as well.

“This week is young guys emphasis week,” veteran wide receiver Hines Ward said. “They’re getting a lot of reps.”

Steelers’ wide receivers Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Browns, also got an earful from Ward this week.

He stayed on them about maintaining their focus in position meetings as well as in practice even though the Steelers’ don’t play until Jan. 15 when they host an AFC divisional playoff game.

Ward’s vigilance in monitoring the concentration level of the young wideouts stems from a simple fact: none of the three have ever suited up for an NFL playoff game.

“They don’t have a clue, what they’re about to step into,” Ward said. “They only know what the veterans tell them.”

Ward surely told the postseason newbies about his first playoff game in 2001 against the Ravens.

On Steelers’ first offensive play, Ward said, he got “popped in the mouth.”

And on a running play no less.

I got (mad) so I played angry, but that’s what it’s all about,” Ward said. “There’s no tomorrow. That’s what makes our sport so great.

“We don’t have series like hockey and baseball and basketball where you lose a game and you’ve got a chance the next day. That’s why every play is magnified. If you drop a crucial third-down (pass) you never know, that might be the difference between winning or losing that game.”

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SanAntonioSteelerFan
01-06-2011, 10:26 PM
Great leadership by Hines. He knows the rook WRs could be the difference between Hoisting #7 or going home early. Then he tweaks 'em in public, like Tomlin naming Wallace "One Trick" earlier in the year. Hines is like a WRs coach right now.

Come to think of it, was Lefty with us when we won XLIII? I wonder if Ben is slapping him up the side of the head??!!!

flippy
01-07-2011, 09:19 AM
This is Tomlin talking cause I've heard Ben saying very similar things recently.

RuthlessBurgher
01-07-2011, 09:35 AM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg

ghettoscott
01-07-2011, 09:44 AM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?

RuthlessBurgher
01-07-2011, 10:12 AM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?

Nope...it's Parker.

Randle El was in Pittsburgh in '05 (obviously...he threw a TD pass in SBXL), but Byron was still in Jacksonville then.

Leftwich was in Pittsburgh in '08, but Randle El was in Washington that year.

This is the first season in which Leftwich and Randle El have been teammates.

feltdizz
01-07-2011, 10:44 AM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?

Nope...it's Parker.

Randle El was in Pittsburgh in '05 (obviously...he threw a TD pass in SBXL), but Byron was still in Jacksonville then.

Leftwich was in Pittsburgh in '08, but Randle El was in Washington that year.

This is the first season in which Leftwich and Randle El have been teammates.


Lefty with no Steeler gear on and looks like he is having the time of his life :roll:

ghettoscott
01-07-2011, 03:18 PM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?

Nope...it's Parker.

Randle El was in Pittsburgh in '05 (obviously...he threw a TD pass in SBXL), but Byron was still in Jacksonville then.

Leftwich was in Pittsburgh in '08, but Randle El was in Washington that year.

This is the first season in which Leftwich and Randle El have been teammates.

just kidding, man. remember when that reporter thought Randle El was Willie during the XL parade? making poking at that.....

RuthlessBurgher
01-07-2011, 03:20 PM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?

Nope...it's Parker.

Randle El was in Pittsburgh in '05 (obviously...he threw a TD pass in SBXL), but Byron was still in Jacksonville then.

Leftwich was in Pittsburgh in '08, but Randle El was in Washington that year.

This is the first season in which Leftwich and Randle El have been teammates.

just kidding, man. remember when that reporter thought Randle El was Willie during the XL parade? making poking at that.....a little obscure i know, but HILARIOUS.....

Did not see that...sounds worthy of making poking, though. :mrgreen:

ColumbusSteelerFan
01-07-2011, 03:35 PM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?

Nope...it's Parker.

Randle El was in Pittsburgh in '05 (obviously...he threw a TD pass in SBXL), but Byron was still in Jacksonville then.

Leftwich was in Pittsburgh in '08, but Randle El was in Washington that year.

This is the first season in which Leftwich and Randle El have been teammates.

just kidding, man. remember when that reporter thought Randle El was Willie during the XL parade? making poking at that.....a little obscure i know, but HILARIOUS.....

Did not see that...sounds worthy of making poking, though. :mrgreen:

I have that clip at home somewhere. I posted that on the old Trib site not long after it happened. I'll put it back up here when I can. It is pretty funny as Randle-El got REALLY mad at the reporter!

Crash
01-07-2011, 04:06 PM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

His words. Not mine.

ghettoscott
01-07-2011, 04:13 PM
just kidding, man. remember when that reporter thought Randle El was Willie during the XL parade? making poking at that.....


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:tt2

costanza2k1
01-07-2011, 06:05 PM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?

Nope...it's Parker.

Randle El was in Pittsburgh in '05 (obviously...he threw a TD pass in SBXL), but Byron was still in Jacksonville then.

Leftwich was in Pittsburgh in '08, but Randle El was in Washington that year.

This is the first season in which Leftwich and Randle El have been teammates.

just kidding, man. remember when that reporter thought Randle El was Willie during the XL parade? making poking at that.....a little obscure i know, but HILARIOUS.....

Did not see that...sounds worthy of making poking, though. :mrgreen:

Both of you guys suck! :moon :lol:

fordfixer
01-07-2011, 09:15 PM
I thought Ward only helped young wideouts if they asked him to first? The divorced bastage...

And, yes, Byron Leftwich was on our roster for SBXLIII. Here he is with FWP at the parade:

http://www.donnan.com/images/SB28.jpg


Isnt that Lefty and Randle El?


No its Gary Coleman and Randle El

Shoe
01-07-2011, 09:38 PM
just kidding, man. remember when that reporter thought Randle El was Willie during the XL parade? making poking at that.....


[youtube:ly1uipcy]vkxw33Gd198[/youtube:ly1uipcy]

:tt2

Normally, I'm not a fan of celebrities acting high and mighty over the public, but in this case... I can understand ARE getting offended. That's bush league reporting.

hawaiiansteel
01-12-2011, 07:47 PM
Hines needs to have a good game on Saturday, he hasn't done a darn thing in the first two games against the Ravens...


Ravens-Steelers III: Ward 'respects' Ed Reed

JAN 12
By James Walker


PITTSBURGH -- While there is plenty of bitterness involved in the AFC North rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, there is just as much mutual respect in both locker rooms.

For example, Pittsburgh veteran receiver Hines Ward discussed his respect Wednesday for Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed. Ward recently introduced Reed for the NFL's compilation of the league's 100 greatest players.

"I did that, and it was just out of respect," Ward said. "They asked if I would do a presentation on Ed Reed and I said 'Sure, why not?' We've had our battles over the years. He's hit me and I've hit him a couple times. It's always been very physical between both of us.

"But at the end of the day -- and I'm a little bias towards Troy [Polamalu] -- but he is by far, No. 1 or No. 2, the best safety in the league."

Reed pulled off an amazing feat this season. Despite starting on the physically unable to perform list and missing six games following hip surgery, Reed led the NFL with eight interceptions in 10 games. Often Reed's picks come in bunches. He had three multi-interception games this season and is the NFL's active leader in that category with 11 total.

"He's a game-changer, same thing with Troy," Ward said of Reed. "When you're playing good and you're a great player, great things just happen when you're around. [Reed] will pick up a fumble and take it to the house. A tipped pass, he will take it to the house or somebody will pitch it to him and he will take it to the house.

"Those guys just have a key knack for making plays when they need it the most, and he's right up there with Troy."

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_ ... ts-ed-reed (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/23144/ravens-steelers-iii-ward-respects-ed-reed)

hawaiiansteel
01-12-2011, 09:57 PM
Learning At The Feet Of The Master

by CRAIG WOLFLEY on JANUARY 12, 2011


Speaking of crack-back blocks, during the Cleveland game while on the sidelines, i watched a Steelers play run towards the Browns sidelines.

Big ol' 6-4 275 pounds of outside linebacker Matt Roth for the Browns attempted to gain outside leverage on a Rashard Mendenhall run. As Roth moved towards the sidelines, what must have been a crack-back block upended the “Mighty Roth” and set him sidewise on his face eating Cleveland Browns Stadium dirt.

I was expecting to see the “Tougher than woodpecker lips” (as Tunch Ilkin likes to call him) Hines Ward standing over Matt Roth after knocking Roth to the turf.

Instead i was pleasantly suprised to see Steelers rookie WR Emmanuel Sanders standing over the Roth, giving Matt plenty of time to see who had mulched him.

Sanders than began jogging to the sidelines looking at Mike Tomlin, bobbing his head up and down with a smile on his face as if to say “I got him coach.”

Manny Sanders came to the Steelers as a guy well prepared for the sophisticated route running and coverage reads that he has to master. What i don’t think he came prepared to do was develop a taste for whacking guys bigger than him.

When you have a teacher like #86, a man so well known throughout the NFL as a guy who turns the table on the hunter in the scondary to being the hunted, you’ve got no choice other than to embrace the physical style of play that Hines Ward brings and as Charles Henry Noll used to say “Get in the spirit of the thing.”

The value of Hines Ward can never be solely judged through his statistics. What he brings as a player is much broader than that.

http://craigwolfley.com/2011/01/learnin ... he-master/ (http://craigwolfley.com/2011/01/learning-at-the-feet-of-the-master/)

SanAntonioSteelerFan
01-12-2011, 10:05 PM
Learning At The Feet Of The Master

by CRAIG WOLFLEY on JANUARY 12, 2011


Speaking of crack-back blocks, during the Cleveland game while on the sidelines, i watched a Steelers play run towards the Browns sidelines.

Big ol' 6-4 275 pounds of outside linebacker Matt Roth for the Browns attempted to gain outside leverage on a Rashard Mendenhall run. As Roth moved towards the sidelines, what must have been a crack-back block upended the “Mighty Roth” and set him sidewise on his face eating Cleveland Browns Stadium dirt.

I was expecting to see the “Tougher than woodpecker lips” (as Tunch Ilkin likes to call him) Hines Ward standing over Matt Roth after knocking Roth to the turf.

Instead i was pleasantly suprised to see Steelers rookie WR Emmanuel Sanders standing over the Roth, giving Matt plenty of time to see who had mulched him.

Sanders than began jogging to the sidelines looking at Mike Tomlin, bobbing his head up and down with a smile on his face as if to say “I got him coach.”

Manny Sanders came to the Steelers as a guy well prepared for the sophisticated route running and coverage reads that he has to master. What i don’t think he came prepared to do was develop a taste for whacking guys bigger than him.

When you have a teacher like #86, a man so well known throughout the NFL as a guy who turns the table on the hunter in the scondary to being the hunted, you’ve got no choice other than to embrace the physical style of play that Hines Ward brings and as Charles Henry Noll used to say “Get in the spirit of the thing.”

The value of Hines Ward can never be solely judged through his statistics. What he brings as a player is much broader than that.

http://craigwolfley.com/2011/01/learnin ... he-master/ (http://craigwolfley.com/2011/01/learning-at-the-feet-of-the-master/)

Great lupine observation by the Wolfe Man!!

I honestly wonder - even if Hines' stats slowed down next year to half of what they are this year ... would his value in terms of teaching "Institutional History of Being a Steeler WR - Course Level #301" be worth it to keep him on the team? I'm inclined to say yes ... one more "Hines year" with these young guys could be just what they need to graduate with honors - and then watch out, NFL - for REAL!!!

hawaiiansteel
01-15-2011, 03:17 AM
A Fresh Face In The Steelers’ Offense

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, January 14th, 2011

http://blogs.baltimoreravens.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/13_Sanders_news.jpg


You know the usual suspects in the Steelers’ offense.

There’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Rashard Mendenhall and wide receivers Hines Ward and Mike Wallace to name a few.

But there’s a new playmaker emerging in black and gold.

Rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has become Pittsburgh’s No. 3 wide receiver, supplanting veteran Antwaan Randle El.

Sanders has 12 receptions for 148 yards in his last three games, including a seven-catch, 78-yard performance versus the New York Jets on Dec. 19.

In his only game against the Ravens, Sanders caught three passes for 49 yards, including a 28-yarder that lead to a Pittsburgh field goal. He was targeted six times in Baltimore, just one fewer than Wallace.

Sanders has the Ravens’ attention.

“[Wallace] and that Emmanuel Sanders have great speed,” cornerback Josh Wilson said. “[Sanders] is a guy who has gotten better and better and more successful throughout the year. He’s a guy you have to watch out for too; it’s not a one-man show.”

Sanders was selected by the Steelers in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft.

The Southern Methodist University product is also a dangerous kick returner (25.1 yards per return), but has seen less time on special teams due to his offensive role. He was inactive for the Ravens’ trip to Heinz Field earlier this year.

http://blogs.baltimoreravens.com/2011/0 ... s-offense/ (http://blogs.baltimoreravens.com/2011/01/14/a-fresh-face-in-the-steelers-offense/)