Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Zach Brown (55) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Titans won the game, 16-9. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Isaac Redman to Start on Monday, Does He Deserve Another Chance?


I will admit that I was taken aback when Scott Brown of reported that the Steelers were going to give Isaac Redman the starting nod at running back in Monday night’s game versus Cincinnati.

Then when I remembered what a complete and total “dumpster fire” the Steelers’ depth chart at running back looks like, I came to my senses and figured they had not much of a choice.  Of course, most teams would probably bench or even release Redman after the way he played last Sunday.

The bruising running back could not push the pile, was unable to gain traction, and coughed up the football during Pittsburgh’s opening day loss to Tennessee.  Overall, Redman gained only nine yards on eight carries and posted a higher number of fumbles (two) than yards per carry (1.1) on the day.

Although Redman is set to start, that does not necessarily mean that Pittsburgh’s coaching staff have a high level of confidence in the fifth-year running back.

The team brought back their 2012 leading rusher yesterday in the form of Jonathan Dwyer, and one would think that Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley would be inclined to use Dwyer and Felix Jones if Redman’s struggles continue against the Bengals’ stout defense

Monday night could be Redman’s last audition to impress the coaching staff and front office that he is worth a new contract after this regular season.  Thus, if he cannot take advantage of this current opportunity, he will lose carries and could even be deemed expendable when Le’Veon Bell returns from his foot injury.



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  • Carl Eagan

    Starting Redman again after his Mendenhall dancing and spinning impersonation as well as his consistently putting the ball on the ground just proves Tomlin has no clue and his runnings back coach must really suck if he can’t prepare a 5 year vet (Jones) in learning the offense after so many practices. Of course the O-line coach did the impossible he made the worst offensive line in the league even worse and special teams sure really are special aren’t they?

  • Milliken Steeler

    First of all, I want to state I have faith in the Steelers as people have went to far with the negativity after one game in my humble opinion.

    That being said in my opinion, I dont think he should start based on that performance. If you want different results you have to change things up and not wait three or four bad games before you change anything

    Redman needs a big hole and the time to get through it ala the Giants game. Our O line is not creating any holes like that right now and Dwyer has the ability to break the 10 and 20 yard runs. Gut feel is another reason. We cut Dwyer and he is going to have a chip on his shoulder. If you put him in he is going to run with just a little extra attitude in my opinion to prove a point, which is exactly what we need right now.

    My other point is Vince Williams. He demonstrated he is smart, will hit you as advertised and can actually cover when given the opportunity. His heads up play turned heads and got him on the roster and listed as the back up. With Timmons making the calls, its not like he is going to be over thinking. I don’t think its the time now to say “hold on now rookie” and set him down with his potential. He will hit you and is around the football which is what we need.

    We will see how things pan out but regardless, I believe we will improve and our defense will just get better and better. Big Mac, Jones, Thomas added to a healthy Troy and Woodley and ball hawk Cortez? I don’t see us going backwards on defense.

  • Informed reader

    No, he does not deserve another chance. He has had many chances. Get rid of him before he loses more games for the team. What happened to “the standard is the standard”?