Hines Ward: Why His Comments Are As Wrong As They Are Unnecessary

Joe MContributor INovember 30, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22:  Wide receivers Hines Ward #86 and Mike Wallace #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stand on the field together during NFL action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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I get it. He's frustrated. He doesn't like losing. He probably thinks that if Ben was in the game, they might have won. I mean, they almost won it with Dennis Dixon. Dennis Dixon! His mechanics are so bad, my dog covered his eyes every time that DD dropped back to throw.

The Steelers lost too many games this year and the frustration is mounting for Hines and the team. Perhaps, the most frustrating aspect of this season has been the margin of their defeats. They've had the lead so many times and just let it slip through their fingers.

It's time to shore up the defense. It's time to find a way to win out. It's time to re—establish the ground game. Most importantly, it's time for Hines Ward to just shut up. Throwing your quarterback under the bus on national television is stupid.

Suggesting that he should lie to the doctors because you have made that stupid choice in the past is worse. Maybe Ben should buy some weed and stash it in his SUV because that's what the other star wide receiver did. Risking another head injury for one game is silly.

Even if Ben isn't under serious head trauma, it makes Hines look bad.  Everyone still remembers the temper tantrum he threw when Ben was asked what he wanted in the draft and he responded by saying a taller receiver.  We all kind of ignored that one, figured he was just venting but this time, there can be no ignoring.

Hines needs to be sat down and talked to like the bad teammate he was on Sunday night. He might make the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. He may go down as the greatest Steelers receiver of all time. I hope that he does.

Today I just hope that he shuts up and apologizes for throwing a teammate under the bus when it was none of his business.

The doctors made a decision. Hines didn't like it. Until he goes to Med School and gets his degree his opinion is as relevant as his feelings about quantum physics. He just needs to shut up and do his job.

Part of that job is leading the locker room. I hope that two Super Bowl victories in the last few years hasn't made him a prima donna. Pittsburgh is a tough resilient city. So is their football team. They can recover from this loss but first one of their leaders needs to man up and admit he made a bad mistake. He lacked loyalty. Shame on him.