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    Jan 19, 2011

    Hines Ward on Darrelle Revis: 'He can be beaten'

    By Sean Leahy, USA TODAY

    Hines Ward may be the next receiver ticketed for Revis Island. But the Pittsburgh Steelers wideout has the confidence that he can muscle his way off of it.

    Ward is likely to be matched up with New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis often during Sunday's AFC championship game.

    The two-time Super Bowl champion said that despite Revis' strong record of accomplishment, he's not intimidated.

    "Can he be beaten? Yeah, he can be beaten," Ward said, via ESPN. "But at the same time he's one of those guys you don't want to mess with. If you make a mistake he's a game-changer.

    "A lot of quarterbacks just stay a away from him. So as a wide receiver you can get frustrated, because you're not even getting looked at when he's covering you."

    Ward had just two catches for 34 yards when the Jets beat the Steelers 22-17 in Week 15. He's part of a receiving corps that has several blossoming young players such as Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

    What's his philosophy when being matched against Revis?

    "For me, I just have to stay focused and not get frustrated," Ward said. "It's not about Revis against me. It's Steelers vs. the Jets. So I have to go out there and work my tail off to get open.

    "He's one of the best cornerbacks in our league. He's probably the best cornerback in our league. I look at it as a challenge."

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    I am sure Ward has a few tricks up his sleeve. He is a wily veteran who's been around the block and I say he catches a TD pass from El.
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    Jets defense says Hines Ward is 'toughest guy in the league when nobody's looking'

    Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011
    by John Munson/The Star-Ledger

    Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said it's known among players that Hines Ward is the "toughest guy in the league when no one is looking."

    Mike Pettine said his players are well aware of Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

    "Our guys, I think, called him the toughest guy in the league when nobody's looking," the Jets defensive coordinator said.

    Known for his crack-back blocking style and overall ruthless field persona, Ward has, without question, drawn the ire of many players — not just the Jets.

    So, for the Jets’ first matchup against the Steelers this season, the team created a “highlight tape” of sorts, showing Ward's countless low-lights. Pettine felt it was important to document the dangers of a player with one of the league’s dirtiest reputations.

    “Our guys are certainly well aware of his reputation,” said Pettine, whose Jets' defense will face Ward again in Sunday's AFC title game. “... And again, that works for (the Steelers). He’s kind of the spark that gets them going, and we’re well aware of it.”

    Some other worthy notes from his presser:

    Pettine called defending Steelers WR Mike Wallace "football 101." The most important thing Sunday will be jamming him at the line of scrimmage and hanging a safety high over the top.

    When Big Ben scrambles, there is an organization to the chaos that follows. In the case of a breakdown, Pettine instructs his guys to find the nearest guy, but to always be mindful of the deepest one first to eliminate big plays.

    He joked that of all the players he could possibly throw at Ben Roethlisberger, the most successful — so far — has been the 5-9, 180-pound Drew Coleman. In their last meeting, Coleman had two sacks on the mammoth Roethlisberger.

    * * *

    Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said he never saw the video footage that surfaced depicting what was apparently the Patriots utilizing a sideline wall.

    Previously, Westhoff had intimated as much to a Chicago radio station.

    "I didn't see it so no, not at all," he said. "Trust me, I concentrate on what's on the field. That was a great win on the field, I was proud to be a part of it."

    He was not pelted with snowballs in Foxborough as expected, though the day was not all pleasant.

    "There was a guy that irritated me," he said. "I wonder what he told his children when he left home that he was going to spend the whole day yelling at me, he called me names the whole game, it was ridiculous."

    * * *

    On Steve Weatherford's recent punting woes (six touchbacks in the playoffs opposed to just four all regular season), Westhoff said he was not pleased.

    "It's frustrating, aggravating, I'll give you a whole bunch of 'ing's.' We tied and set an NFL record during the season for kicks inside the 20. We were as good as you could do. And that's good news/bad news. Good news is we executed the situation, bad news is we tried as many.
    "Lately, it's been poor — he hasn't done it as well. So what you do is, you go back to his fundamentals, look at it and say 'Okay, why? Why is this happening?'"

    Westhoff said it had nothing to do with the snap or the protection.

    "We noticed that he was gaining a little ground, over-striding a little bit, and when you do that — sometimes at the last second — you fall back a little bit, that tends to put the ball lower and you drive it. So instead of hitting the soft wedge, you're hitting an 8 iron, so that's exactly what we did."

    On Comartie's punt return gaffe last week, Westhoff said:

    "I wish he had just fair caught the ball and let it hit and he just got away from it. I wish he hadn't done that, but it was just a mistake that me made. We're continuing the search."
    He said he would likely stay with Jerricho Cotchery on returns because his game better suits what he "has in mind." Though he could use Cromartie in two-deep situations.

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    Jets DBs riled up over Hines Ward

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Antonio Cromartie knows the perfect way to stop Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward from throwing a blindside block Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

    "Just tell [him] if he do it again you're gonna kick his ***," Cromartie said Friday afternoon.

    Ward has developed a reputation because of his penchant for hitting opponents who aren't looking in his direction. Some Jets on Friday called his play "dirty" and "cheap."

    Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said the Jets refer to Ward as "the toughest player in the league, when no one's looking."

    Blocking when meeting your opponent face to face? No problem. But some Jets say Hines Ward drills foes when they aren't looking."We're going to deal with him early so he knows what type of game it's going to be, and that none of that stuff is being tolerated," Jets safety James Ihedigbo said.

    Like a tone-setting hit?

    "Hell yeah," the safety said.

    Safety Eric Smith hesitated to say what would happen if Ward serves up any cheap shots on Sunday. Why? Because Smith is worried such words might incur a fine from the league.

    "If I finish what I said and then do what I planned on doing, I'm going to get fined," Smith said.
    Smith said Ward took some cheap shots at the Baltimore Ravens last Saturday in the Steelers' divisional round victory.

    "We saw some of those plays, like in the Ravens game, he's out there hitting Dawan Landry in the back, he came across and hit Ray Lewis in the back," Smith said. "Ed Reed was 30 yards downfield and he's going down and hitting him. It's just unnecessary things like that that make you mad as a defender."

    Prior to the 2009 season, the NFL implemented a rule stating that a 15-yard penalty would be assessed if a player delivers a blindside block to the head of a defender using his helmet, forearm or shoulder. The new statute was commonly referred to as the "Hines Ward Rule."

    "If you hit a guy like that, when he's looking at you and it's face to face then I'll be like, 'Hey, he's a pretty tough player,'" Ihedigbo said. "But if you hit someone in their back when they're pursuing a play or they're not even looking, that's a cheap shot."

    The Jets coaching staff put together a video of Ward's hits prior to the Week 15 road win over the Steelers to alert defensive players.
    "That makes you mad when you see stuff like that," Smith said.

    Cromartie said that he doesn't really care if Ward hits opponents with blindside blocks -- as long as he can hit back.

    "I really don't care. You smash him in the mouth, he's going to smash back, whatever," Cromartie said. "Does he do it while you're not looking? Yeah, he does. But who doesn't?"

    The Jets corner allowed that Ward's hits "can be" dirty. When such hits occur, Cromartie suggests that players "grab [him] by the throat and choke [him]."
    Friday evening on SNY's "Loud Mouths," Cromartie said Ward is not "man enough" to hit players while they are looking.

    At least one Jet respects Ward: Rex Ryan. During Ryan's 10-year tenure on the Ravens' coaching staff, he accounted for Ward and the Steelers in game plans, so he is well-aware of Ward's reputation.

    "He'll look for you now. If he can hit you, he's going to. And I've seen him knock out a ton of guys before," Ryan said. "Let's face it, they changed a rule [for] Hines Ward about hitting a defenseless player and all that kind of stuff.

    "But, quite honestly, he's just finishing plays and there was no rule [before]. So he went out and he plays hard and he plays to the whistle. And that's the kind of guy he is. I respect the heck out of Hines Ward."

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    These guys are just plain babies, Hines turns the table on DBs who are supposed to be the hunters and deliver big hits.......they have to get themselves all hyped up with a video of Hines Ward hits....I hope Hines wipes a couple of 'em out on sunday!
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