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Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

Posted on: January 22, 2011 11:40 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the debate about whether Steelers WR Hines Ward is a tough, gritty, blue-collar WR who makes hard, but clean blocks on defenders or a dirty, cowardly head hunter, I usually lean toward the former.

I’m pretty sure a wide variety of players – like Jets LB Bart Scott, Ravens S Ed Reed and Bengals LB Keith Rivers, all of whom have been hammered by Ward – would disagree with my assessment.

You can add Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to the list.

“Our guys I think called him the toughest guy in the league when nobody’s looking,” Pettine said, via ESPN New York.

Considering Ward was voted by his peers in Sports Illustrated as the dirtiest player in the league, Pettine’s comment might have some merit. That doesn’t mean the “tough, gritty, blue collar” thing is wrong, though.

“That works for them,” Pettine said. “He’s kind of the spark that gets them going and we are well aware of it.”

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Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:16 pm

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

The guy from the Jets is right.  Ward is the toughest player in the league when no one is looking.  Why is that a negative thing.  This just means he's always looking to hit someone and relishes a chance to put a hard hit on a guy that should be paying attention.  I love the fact that this means his opposition always has their heads on a swivel wondering where Hines is at.  He's tough, but not stupid.  He's not going to square up and try to outhit a linebacker when the guy is dialed in on him.  That's not tough, but stupid.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:07 pm

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

This qualifies as yapping? He called him tough, not dirty.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:57 pm

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

I also see Hines Ward going over the middle for more than a decade where he is suspect to getting clobbered as he is focused on the ball while head hunters are looking to crush him.  Hines can dish it out and he can take it also.  Call him dirty but he gets just as much as he gives.

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:53 pm

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

I don't know... all the histrionics from the Jets seem forced. It's like they're searching for a motivation. Ward laying the wood to defenders isn't exactly new. And all of a sudden the Jets are puffing out their chests and are OUTRAGED. I don't buy it. I look for it to be business as usual. Ward is going to do his thing. He's not going to play any harder or softer because of what the flavor of the week said.

Also, I've never understood defensive players who get so offended that someone has the nerve to block them and hit them, blind side or not. Defenders make a living out of hitting people. When they lay someone out they dance and preen. So take a hit every now and then fellas. All this chest beating and rodomontade about what a great defensive squad you are doesn't square with all the sobbing that ensues when a WR has the temerity to put you on your rear end.

Looking forward to a good game tomorrow.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:51 pm

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

The Jets and their fans are starting to sound about as whiney as worthless as Seattle and its team and fans.  Just like the Seahawks, the Jets will never win anyting as long as they spend their time yapping about why the tough the Steelers....are too tough for them.  Bunch of all you wimps in NYC hear that?  Don't come to P'burgh; your accent ain't that tough down here.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:43 pm

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

haha, pettine is nothing but rex's gopher.  Shut up pettine and go get ryan some more primanti sandwiches!!

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:13 pm

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

When he goes out to block he doesnt care how he gets you down just that he does. His blocks are sometimes on the edge but he doesnt care. And he likes to give that extra shot in and the end to throw you of your game. His game is to get under your skin than blow by you and make a catch,and hey theere is no denying it works for him.

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