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fordfixer
10-07-2011, 02:39 AM
Steelers' Isaac Redman ready if called upon

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, October 7, 2011

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 60636.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_760636.html)

Running back Isaac Redman is in his third season with the Steelers, and he needs to introduce himself to no one in the team's locker room.

He did so anyway Thursday before practice.

"I'm Isaac Redman. I play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, (I'm) a No. 2 running back that has a chance of starting," Redman said.

The introduction was filled with subtext as thick as one of Redman's thighs. And it reflected his irritation over labels and stereotypes that stem from the circuitous route the 6-foot, 230-pounder took to this point.

Redman, the first player from Division II Bowie State to make the NFL, may soon have a chance to show what he can do with an extended stay in the spotlight.

Starting running back Rashard Mendenhall has yet to practice this week because of a hamstring injury that forced him out of the Steelers' last game.

If Mendenhall is unable to play Sunday against the visiting Tennessee Titans, Redman will make the first start of his career.

Redman is one of the few Steelers that have been on the rise through the first month of this season. But he still remains something of a curiosity to fans that became enamored with him in August of 2009, when the undrafted rookie excelled in a goal-line drill at training camp.

Redman, whose career yards per carry average is a robust 4.8, has never had more than 10 carries in a game.

Redman said he is ready to handle a full load Sunday if Mendenhall can't play.

"I can do it with 30 carries," he said. "I know what I'm capable of doing. It's starting to get on my nerves a little bit that it's shocking to everybody that I'm doing good, but I'm not a sorry running back that got lucky and made the team.

"A lot of people are shocked that I'm doing good, but people that haven't been following me, people that don't know what type of player I am think, 'Oh he came from Bowie State.' They don't know the whole background to everything. I'm not a Division II football player. I'm sick of people saying that I am from a small college."

Redman's uncle, Todd McNair, actually recruited him to Southern Cal when he was an assistant coach for the Trojans.

McNair later told Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians -- he had played for Arians at Temple and in the NFL -- that Redman would have gone to Southern Cal if the southern New Jersey native would have qualified academically.

That came during the same conversation in which McNair recommended to Arians that the Steelers take a look at Redman after he had finished his career at the small school in Maryland.

Arians liked what he saw on tape, and the Steelers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

Redman made the team last season after a year on the practice squad, and he has produced when he has gotten an opportunity.

"Right now, Isaac's running with a lot of passion, a lot of heart, and hopefully, he just continues doing that and being consistent," Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said.

Arians admittedly has a soft spot for Redman, but he said Mendenhall is in no danger of losing his job as the Steelers' feature back.

"Red's done a good job with his opportunity, and he hasn't failed us yet," Arians said. "But Rashard's the guy, and everything starts with him. He's the ace."

Mendenhall will likely be a game-time decision Sunday. Even if he is cleared to play, the Steelers will monitor the fourth-year veteran closely, and they may be more inclined to spell him with Redman.

"I don't know what the coaches are thinking," Redman said. "I just know right now (Mendenhall's) hamstring is bothering him pretty bad. Right now, I'm preparing to go. When I get the opportunity to step on the field, I'm always going to perform."


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Pahn711
10-07-2011, 08:45 AM
The question is, if Redman has a big game on Sunday, is Mendenhall benched?

BDESteel
10-07-2011, 11:29 AM
30 + carries is exactly what I said in my post. The Steelers can do themselves a lot of good by beating the Titans this weekend.

I can't wait to see how the team looks with all the changes on both sides of the ball.

:tt1 :tt1 :tt1 UU uuuuuu!

Oviedo
10-07-2011, 11:31 AM
30 + carries is exactly what I said in my post. The Steelers can do themselves a lot of good by beating the Titans this weekend.

I can't wait to see how the team looks with all the changes on both sides of the ball.

:tt1 :tt1 :tt1 UU uuuuuu!

They may need to run the ball 30 times to protect our defense.

What long term Steelers fan ever would have thought we would seriously be discussing how the offense has to protect the defense from themselves????

Ghost
10-07-2011, 12:26 PM
Arians admittedly has a soft spot for Redman :shock:

Is this same soft spot that made BA pretend he was Houdini and made Redman disappear from the field after 40 yards on 6 carries?

costanza2k1
10-07-2011, 12:28 PM
I'm kind of excited to see Redman and Dwyer in the game...

NorthCoast
10-07-2011, 12:45 PM
Ready if called upon?..... all I can say is he better be called upon...early and often. Or I will really have lost faith in Tomlin's coaching ability.

Shoe
10-08-2011, 09:23 PM
30 + carries is exactly what I said in my post. The Steelers can do themselves a lot of good by beating the Titans this weekend.

I can't wait to see how the team looks with all the changes on both sides of the ball.

:tt1 :tt1 :tt1 UU uuuuuu!

Me too... I'm imagining Redman sparking our offense into playing an efficient game. And our defense, riding Timmons' impact at OLB, showing the level of defense we've come accustomed to.

*Whether or not that's reality of course, remains to be seen! ;)

RuthlessBurgher
10-08-2011, 09:26 PM
UU uuuuuu!

When I see this, all I can picture is:

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