Player Gauge: Who Would You Start at Steelers Running Back?

Three moderately performing running backs. So who do the Steelers start next?

Yesterday, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer filled in for injured starting running back Rashard Mendenhall.  There are those out there who are ver disappointed in Mendenhall’s start so far.  Is it the o-lines fault or his own?  Now that we’ve seen both Redman and Dwyer have their shares of carries, have they earned the right to continue starting over Mendenhall?

Here’s how their stats break down so far through five weeks: (Carries/Yards/Average/TD’s)

Mendenhall – 58/173/3/2

Redman – 37/156/4.2/1

Dwyer – 11/107/9.7/0

None have great stats except Dwyer.  But, the majority of his yards came yesterday on a 76 yard run.  For the most part Redman and Mendenhall have been ‘unimpressive.’  I will concede that the offensive line is a factor when looking at our running backs’ performance.  But given the circumstances because of our offensive line, who has been performing better?  Who will perform the best under these circumstances?

Redman has the better stats in yards per average.  He is always moving forward and is not afraid to hit the smallest of holes if it means positive yards.  He has more of a Bettis style of running – the legs don’t stop until the whistle blows.  He showed some of that against the Titans.  Mendenhall is the veteran starter.  His average yards is down from last year and he looks very hesitant when he gets the ball – something that is a negative when running behind this offensive line.  He has better wheels than Redman, but will he ever get the chance to break one outside?

It’s a tough call in my opinion.  Pluses and minuses to both guys right now.  Tomlin obviously likes his starter and alludes that he would prefer to stick with him.  But if Mendenhall is not 100%, what makes anyone think he will run any better than he already has when he was completely healthy?  For the time being, I would think that the Redman/Dwyer combo should continue until Mendenhall shows that he is 100% AND can run the way he needs in order to help move the sticks forward.  Mendenhall is the starter, but he needs to find himself again.  I don’t think the Steelers can afford that kind of ‘discovery’ on Sundays.

So Nation, I ask you:

Who Would YOU Start This Sunday?

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  • alsfittoprint

    @Kimmy_KimKimM @fansided Redman, Mendenhall then Dwyer

  • alsfittoprint

    @Kimmy_KimKimM @fansided Redman, Mendenhall then Dwyer

  • TruszNews

    @Kimmy_KimKimM @fansided without a doubt it should be Redman

  • TruszNews

    @Kimmy_KimKimM @fansided without a doubt it should be Redman

  • Kimmy_KimKimM

    @alsfittoprint go to the link and vote on the website! Some good posts on there too!

  • Kimmy_KimKimM

    @alsfittoprint go to the link and vote on the website! Some good posts on there too!

  • Kimmy_KimKimM

    @TruszNews click on the link and vote on the website! Some good posts on there too!

  • Kimmy_KimKimM

    @TruszNews click on the link and vote on the website! Some good posts on there too!

  • RickHarmon

    All 3 are scrappy runners,Mendy is just haven a hard time decideing what hole to hit, every other team uses multiple backs..why cant we? LOL and a fullback would come in handy some times..3 tightend formations..anything besides that 4 wide single back formation.. I say run some split back and more I-formations..give the D somethin think about..we blessd to have 4 decent backs (More included) u cant just disregaurd his play on 3rd downs over the years..Dwyer reminds me of Duece Staley..havent seen much of him in blk and gold but he was a beast at Georgia Tech backing up Cowbys Tashard Choice, Doak Walker candidate in 2008..ACC #1 rusher and player of the year.. a steal for a 6th round pick..Arians needs to use this kid

  • RickHarmon

    All 3 are scrappy runners,Mendy is just haven a hard time decideing what hole to hit, every other team uses multiple backs..why cant we? LOL and a fullback would come in handy some times..3 tightend formations..anything besides that 4 wide single back formation.. I say run some split back and more I-formations..give the D somethin think about..we blessd to have 4 decent backs (More included) u cant just disregaurd his play on 3rd downs over the years..Dwyer reminds me of Duece Staley..havent seen much of him in blk and gold but he was a beast at Georgia Tech backing up Cowbys Tashard Choice, Doak Walker candidate in 2008..ACC #1 rusher and player of the year.. a steal for a 6th round pick..Arians needs to use this kid

  • Prafulla

    I am putting my finger across.Pluses and minuses to both guys right now. Tomlin obviously likes his starter and alludes that he would prefer to stick with him.But I think Tomlin is having slightly a upper hand.

    http://www.simplehealthguide.com/football-running-back-workouts-part-i

  • Prafulla

    I am putting my finger across.Pluses and minuses to both guys right now. Tomlin obviously likes his starter and alludes that he would prefer to stick with him.But I think Tomlin is having slightly a upper hand.

    http://www.simplehealthguide.com/football-running-back-workouts-part-i