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hawaiiansteel
05-19-2012, 11:47 PM
Can Isaac Redman Shoulder The Load For The Steelers' Running Game in 2012?

Saturday, May 19, 2012
by Adam Parker

http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2012/01/01/Steelers-escape-clinch-AFCs-No-5-seed-RFPMUJV-x-large.jpg

It's a question that is undoubtedly lingering in the back of every member of Steeler Nation; like those pesky cobwebs in the corners of your basement.

Can Isaac Redman be 'The Guy' to carry the bulk of the duties for the Steelers' running game in 2012?

He's going to have to be.

Incumbent starter Rashard Mendenhall is likely to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from surgery in January on a torn ACL.

The 6'0" 230 lb. bruising back out of NCAA Division II Bowie State University went undrafted in 2009, after leaving as the school's all-time rushing leader with 3,300 yards. His professional career in the NFL has been a whirlwind of uncertainty. Time and again, at least in the early portion of his pro career, he was signed and cut and re-signed again by the Steelers more times than I'd like to count.

And yet, on January 6, 2010, Redman earned his way onto the 53-man roster and has since become a pivotal piece in the Steelers' rushing attack.

On September 7, 2010, head coach Mike Tomlin made Redman the team's goal line and short-yardage specialist, a role the team had struggled to fill in recent seasons.

Redman finished the 2010 season with 247 yards on 52 carries with a 4.8 yards per carry average. However, he didn't reach pay-dirt.

It would be over a year later, on September 18, 2011, that Redman would score his first pro touchdown.

Redman finished with three touchdowns last season, along with 479 yards rushing on 110 attempts, and a 4.4 yards per carry average.

'Red Zone' Redman, as he's been affectionately dubbed, has been primarily a 'change of pace' back-up until now, though he has seen some time as the starter.

As you can see by the stats above, when given more touches, Redman delivered more yardage. In fact, with a little over twice as many carries in 2011, Redman almost doubled his production. However, before I'm willing to knight 'Sir' Isaac Redman, he needs to prove two things: one -- that his production won't take a dip with more playing time; and two -- that his two fumbles last year on 104 carries were a fluke and not a pattern.

After all, ball security, above all else, should be of the utmost importance for a guy auditioning to be a feature back for an NFL team.

It's all up to Redman now.

The 2012 season could be huge for him. If he fails, the Steelers will have to look to youngsters Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and John Clay to fill the void. Not only that, and more importantly for Redman -- he could lose any chance he has of ever being a 'factor back' in the NFL for any team, not just Pittsburgh.

But should he succeed and exceed expectations, well, Redman might usurp Mendenhall for the starting job even if 'Mendy' does come back with a clean bill of health.

All eyes will be on the Steelers' backfield in 2012. Can the former undrafted free agent use that motivation to punish opposing defenses and elevate his career to the next level?

We're looking forward to finding out.

http://www.beardandstache.com/2012/05/can-isaac-redman-shoulder-load-in.html#more

steelnavy
05-20-2012, 05:58 AM
I have given this a lot of thought... The answer is YES. :tt2

DukieBoy
05-20-2012, 09:17 AM
Redman earned those 4.4ypc, (he had to), moving the pile and getting yardage after contact. When the OL shows improvement he'll be better.

steelblood
05-20-2012, 09:45 AM
Saturday, May 19, 2012
by Adam Parker

It would be over a year later, on September 18, 2011, that Redman would score his first pro touchdown.



Wrong wrong wrong Adam Parker. Shame on you. Isaac Redman actually scored two touchdowns in 2010. One was a huge receiving touchdown against the Ravens that most fans remember.

The date September 18, 2011 was his first rushing touchdown of his career. Besides, we all know that Redman didn't score rushing touchdowns because Mendenhall got all of the chances. If there is one thing that Redman does well it is run in tight quarters or on short yardage.

Slapstick
05-20-2012, 11:24 AM
In 2010, Redman was the short yardage specialist, but NOT the goal line back....

In 2010, he carried 17 times on 3rd or 4th and short...but only 4 times within the opponents 10 yard line...

Shoe
05-20-2012, 12:55 PM
Redman earned those 4.4ypc, (he had to), moving the pile and getting yardage after contact. When the OL shows improvement he'll be better.

I agree with you man. Many are quite reluctant to say he is anything more than "serviceable". Which makes sense. But when you think about it... first, if you watch him run, you have to be impressed with his ability to make yards after contact. Second, over the last two weeks of the year, he gave us a glimpse of his ability. Now--when you had the improvement to the O-line (i.e. bigger holes potentially), he really has a GREAT chance of success.

I mean... I don't play fantasy football. But if I were looking for an RB, he'd be a steal IMO.

RuthlessBurgher
05-20-2012, 07:06 PM
Many are quite reluctant to say he is anything more than "serviceable".

I wouldn't say "many"...I think the vast majority of posters here (other than those whose names start and end in "O" of course ;)) are impressed with what Redman has accomplished so far, and are looking forward to him blossoming even further with a greater opportunity this year behind an improved o-line.

Slapstick
05-21-2012, 06:54 AM
It is strange that some of the people who doubt Redman are constantly calling for younger players to get an opportunity...all Redman has done is produce when his number was called...

RuthlessBurgher
05-21-2012, 10:14 AM
It is strange that some of the people who doubt Redman are constantly calling for younger players to get an opportunity...all Redman has done is produce when his number was called...

Dueling opinions that younger players on defense should obviously be playing early in their careers over established vets (because the game has passed "Saint" LeBeau by), but Redman is a backup for a reason (since the coaches obviously know more than people on a message board) don't exactly mesh together, now do they?

Slapstick
05-21-2012, 11:25 AM
Not exactly.

ikestops85
05-21-2012, 12:56 PM
The only concern I have with Redman is whether he can hold onto the ball. I'm hoping those 2 fumbles were an aberation and not the norm. Other than that I think Redman will give us a good run game and with an improved O-line it might even be great. I guess you can call me one of those "believers".

feltdizz
05-21-2012, 02:58 PM
I agree Ike... what seems odd to me is Redman hasn't done much outside of those 2 fumbles to make anyone not believe in him. I could see if he had a few lousy outings or was stuffed, didn't fall forward and was horrible behind our OL but he has done the exact opposite.

hawaiiansteel
05-23-2012, 03:32 PM
Rashard Mendenhall Says Week 1 Return Is Best Case Scenario

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Dave Bryan

The Pittsburgh Steelers have wrapped up day two of their first OTA session of the 2012 season and running back Rashard Mendenhall talked to the media afterwards. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that Mendenhall said that he is still experiencing swelling and soreness in his surgically repaired knee and said that week 1 was a best-case scenario for his return to action. Mendenhall also fully expects to play in 2012 according to Kovacevic.

Dejan Kovacevic@Dejan_Kovacevic via twitter:

Mendenhall: Still swelling and soreness in knee, calls best-case scenario "Week 1" for his return. Fully expects to play in 2012. #Steelers

This report is not really earth shattering in nature as Mendenhall tore the ACL in his right knee late in the first half of the season finale against the Cleveland Browns. Generally the timeline for a running back to be fully ready for action is anywhere from 9 to 12 months, but it is not out of the question he could be ready sooner than that. Despite his optimism, Mendenhall is expected to start training camp off on the Steelers Active PUP list and that will likely lead to him being moved to the Reserve PUP list once the season begins. That would mean that he must miss the first six weeks of the season at the very least.

General Manager Kevin Colbert has stated since Mendenhall suffered the knee injury that he is never really comfortable with running backs returning from ACL injuries until after a year, but he did not rule out the Steelers 2008 first round draft pick returning to action much earlier than that. Mendenhall was spotted by Mark Kaboly on Tuesday running at a pretty good clip during the session, but no cutting was involved.

Mendenhall is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2012 season.

In other running back news Wednesday, running back Isaac Redman, who would be the starter in week 1 if Mendenhall is not ready, said that the new offense of Todd Haley will get the ball to the backs more in the air this year. Redman was quoted as saying, "I feel we're capable of doing well with that." In addition, Redman also said that tight end David Johnson has officially been moved to fullback and that is the very same thing Jonathan Dwyer told us on the podcast prior to the OTA sessions.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/ar...nario/10856594 (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/rashard_mendenhall_says_week_1_return_is_best_case _scenario/10856594)

RuthlessBurgher
05-23-2012, 03:44 PM
In other running back news Wednesday, running back Isaac Redman, who would be the starter in week 1 if Mendenhall is not ready, said that the new offense of Todd Haley will get the ball to the backs more in the air this year.

Hmmm... On one hand, Ben could get crushed back there... On the other hand, he could dump the ball off to a RB... Hmmm... I think I'll take the latter.

hawaiiansteel
05-23-2012, 09:53 PM
Steelers’ Mendenhall ready to run in 2012

By Scott Brown - Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall runs during OTAs on the South Side May 23, 2012

Rashard Mendenhall said he will play this season, and the Steelers running back didn’t rule out doing so in the Sept. 9 season opener in Denver.

“There’s always the possibility,” Mendenhall said Wednesday. “I’ll be back at some point. It’s just a matter of what point that is.”

Mendenhall’s future here has been murky, on several levels, since he tore the ACL in his right knee Jan. 1.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has said it usually takes a year to fully recover from that injury. And the Steelers have braced for the possibility that Mendenhall will spend the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.

Mendenhall is in the final year of his contract, but the Steelers’ 2008 first-round pick plans on playing through whatever risk comes with returning this season. When asked if there is any chance he won’t play in 2012, Mendenhall said, “I don’t see that happening at all.”

Mendenhall, the Steelers’ leading rusher the past three seasons, said he is still experiencing soreness and swelling in the knee he hurt in the Steelers’ 2011 regular-season finale in Cleveland.

The 5-foot-10, 225-pounder didn’t appear to be favoring it while running on the side during the Steelers’ first two offseason practices, and Mendenhall said he has been cutting and doing other things that put him on track to return in 2012.

There is not a whole lot in the way of experience behind Mendenhall.

Third-year man Isaac Redman has shown promise, but he has made just two career starts. No other healthy running back on the roster has more than 25 career carries.

The Steelers are eager to see if Redman, who rushed for 213 yards in the final two games last season, is ready to handle an increased workload.

“Everybody here has confidence in Isaac,” Mendenhall said.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1849354-85/mendenhall-steelers-season-running-2012-career-didn-doing-final-isaac

Crash
05-23-2012, 10:01 PM
If we are allegedly going to start using RBs as receivers we should be talking to LT, and perhaps Cedric Benson for a possible depth signing.

RuthlessBurgher
05-24-2012, 10:11 AM
If we are allegedly going to start using RBs as receivers we should be talking to LT, and perhaps Cedric Benson for a possible depth signing.

Benson's receiving totals parallel what Mendenhall typically does (catches in the teens or 20's). Tomlinson, on the other hand, has been able to regularly get over 50 catches per season throughout his career (and has a 100 catch season back in his prime a decade ago). He's a guy who knows that role, for sure.

RuthlessBurgher
05-24-2012, 03:14 PM
Redman prepared to carry the load
Posted 14 minutes ago

Teresa Varley
Steelers.com


The memory is still fresh in Isaac Redman’s mind. It was training camp of his rookie season when he woke up in his dorm room in Rooney Hall at St. Vincent College and realized none of his teammates were around.

“I overslept,” recalled Redman. “I came out of the dorm and everybody was on the field. The first thing I thought was why didn’t my roommate wake me up? I thought I would go out there and they would send me back to my room and tell me to go home.

“Coach (Mike) Tomlin asked what happened and I explained. I really thought I might get cut. That never happened again.”

It truly was a wake-up call for Redman, who said it made him grow not only as a person, but as a player.

“I am a lot more professional,” said Redman. “I am a lot smarter. I am always early, watch film. I am more dedicated to what I am doing.”

That is going to be a necessity this year as Redman will carry the load for the Steelers running game when the 2012 season kicks off in Denver, with Rashard Mendenhall still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in the 2011 regular-season finale against Cleveland.

Redman is ready for the challenge.

“You look at the depth chart and see your name number one there,” said Redman. “It makes you look back at how far you have come since you got here. I am trying to treat this situation the same way I have every other one since I got here and trying to make the best of it.

“Since I left Bowie State I haven’t come into a season with all eyes on me and being that guy whose spot it is from day one. I am out here on the field, running with the ones, and everything feels different. I feel like I am back home and I am ready to take this opportunity and run with it.”

This has been a key offseason for Redman, who admits he wasn’t in the best of shape his rookie year and doesn’t want anything like that to happen again.

“You focus in a lot more on your workouts, eating habits,” said Redman. “I feel like I want my body in tip-top shape by the time the season gets here to be ready to take the bulk of carries and take those hits day in and day out. You have seen my style of running. If I am going to run like that for a whole season I am going to have to be ready because that is the way I am. There is no going down. I am going to fight for the extra yards. With that running style I am going to have to make sure my body is ready to take it.

“I came back early to make sure I am in shape, the shape of a starting running back in this league, so my body doesn’t get too worn down or getting too tired by the time the middle of the season comes. I am going to have to stay away from McDonalds and Burger King and be more disciplined and be more professional about the way I take care of my body.”

Another reason Redman wanted the early jump was to get a look at offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s playbook before OTAs got underway.

“For me, being in the league a couple of years now, I am picking it up faster than the younger guys,” said Redman. “It’s not too difficult for us. Everybody is out here working together, helping each other out, discussing things so that when the season comes around we should be clicking on all cylinders.”

While this is the first time Redman is starting at the beginning of the season, it’s not the first time he started for the Steelers. Redman started two games in 2011, including the AFC wild card game against the Denver Broncos when he responded with 121 yards on 17 carries, after what was an emotionally trying week.

When Redman arrived at the Steelers practice facility the Friday morning before the game he heard about a fire at running backs coach Kirby Wilson’s home. He soon got word that Wilson was injured, but initially didn’t know how serious it was.

“I was kind of in disbelief,” said Redman. “I didn’t really understand what was going on, how serious it was, just that his house caught on fire. I didn’t know it was life threatening. When I heard that it hit me hard that he was fighting for his life and you have to go out and play a game you know he loves. I wanted to play my heart out for him.”

Redman heard all of the speculation, that Wilson might not be back at all during the 2012 season, or he might be out six or nine months. Others told him it could even be two years. So when Redman returned for offseason workouts in April, he was thrilled to see Wilson there greeting him.

“That is all of the motivation you need,” said Redman. “A guy fighting for his life three months ago and you come back and he is at his desk working. He is like Superman. To go through what he went through, to come back and be at work, on the field, going over plays, it’s just very inspirational.”


http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Redman-prepared-to-carry-the-load/12c28e34-28da-40a4-aaa4-e0108a071da1

DukieBoy
05-24-2012, 05:26 PM
I think Mendy's been underutilized as a receiver out of the backfield. He has good hands and is dangerous in the open field.

RuthlessBurgher
05-24-2012, 07:45 PM
I think Mendy's been underutilized as a receiver out of the backfield. He has good hands and is dangerous in the open field.

The question is, when healthy, and with a competant offensive line in front of him (finally), will Haley be able to transform Mendenhall into a Ray Rice or Shady McCoy type of running/receiving weapon?

hawaiiansteel
05-24-2012, 09:21 PM
THURSDAY, 24 MAY 2012

WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

Some stuff:

--- There is one play for me that told me Isaac Redman can be a productive player for the Steelers, and that was the third-down, nine-yard TD catch he made in Baltimore on Dec. 5, 2010 that virtually clinched the AFC North Division. It helped the Steelers reach a Super Bowl.

Redman’s style will be more important to this offense as it tries to revive its running game. He also showed with that reception that he can catch a football in a tense spot over the middle.

--- I’ve always been a pretty good catcher . . . I can make guys miss after the catch,’’ Redman said Wednesday. “Hopefully that will open up our passing games.”

--- Redman also said things have changed for him these days back home in New Jersey, where he’s getting more respect.

“It’s a lot different. I’m having a football camp for youth [June 26 at Paulsboro High School]. In my neighborhood, I get a lot different treatment now when I’m home than when I was on the practice squad.”

--- Undrafted rookie receiver Marquis Maze was a playmaker at Alabama, but boy does he look small on that football field with the Steelers, who list him as 5-8, 186 pounds. Don’t know how the quarterbacks find him. Chris Rainey is listed as 5-9, 180. Is there a spot for two smurfs on the Steelers offense?

--- Jason Worilds always seems to have some minor injury holding him back. This should be his year to step up, although not as a starter. However, if an injury occurs, the Steelers need to turn to him to fill in on the outside and not take Lawrence Timmons from the inside.

--- If Trai Essex could make the conversation from tackle, where he played at Northwestern and the position for which the Steelers drafted him, then Willie Colon can do it.

--- James Harrison remains outspoken on a variety of topics and that should come as no surprise because of the position he plays. After all, his predecessors included Joey Porter and Greg Lloyd at right outside linebacker. It’s not been a spot for shrinking violets with the Steelers.

--- YOU: Dan Rooney, if he's coming back for good, will he be more involved with the team? Remember you said this guy attended Steeler practices for seventy years since he was a young kid.

ME: As long as Dan Rooney draws a breath, he will be involved with the Steelers. Being here instead of in Dublin, Ireland, I would say yes he’ll be more involved than he has been the past three years.

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/116482-ed-essex-believes-adams-can-step-in

hawaiiansteel
05-24-2012, 10:00 PM
Mendenhall needs to be selfish

May 24th, 2012

Rashard Mendenhall has worked out on his own at a feverish pitch during the first two days of organized team activities.

The way he looks running up and down the sidelines at the Steelers’ facility makes you wonder if he will be back sooner than expected from the torn ACL he suffered in Cleveland during the regular-season finale last year.

Well, he could be ready sooner, but don’t expect him to push to get back early.

Mendenhall’s contract is up after the year, and you really can’t blame him for not wanting to rush back.

Think about it, why would he rush back? So he shows the rest league what a less-than-100 percent Rashard Mendenhall looks like during a contract year if the Steelers decide he’s not in their plans anymore?

Honestly, Mendenhall needs to be selfish with this situation. He needs to make sure he is 100 percent before he gets on the field more to ensure his long-term future in the league. He will be 25 soon, and we all know running backs don’t last past 30 too very often, so it would be smart if Mendenhall takes his time.

“I am not targeting anything,” Mendenhall said after Wednesday’s OTA. “I don’t have a time frame. I just want to get back to 100 percent, and right now, I feel good about it. Everything is going well.”

To quote Mike Tomlin, there might be some short-term misery with the lack of experienced depth the Steelers have at running back, but it just may pay off substantially in November and December.

An ACL injury typically takes 9-10 months to heal following surgery. Mendenhall is close to five months out from his surgery.

A little quick math puts Mendenhall back in the lineup by November. Since it is an unknown if Isaac Redman can carry a load for an entire season, Mendenhall could be ready to step in and help at the perfect time.

A fully rested and totally healed Mendenhall in the lineup for the last month of so of the season to share time with Redman would be something that could really benefit the Steelers’ offense down the stretch.

And it could really benefit Mendenhall’s wallet in the long run as well.

http://blog.triblive.com/steel-mill/2012/05/24/mendenhall-needs-to-be-selfish/#.T74388ZUab8.twitter

Jooser
05-25-2012, 09:58 AM
Rashard Mendenhall not ruling himself out for Week One Posted by Josh Alper on May 25, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT
http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/rashardmendenhallstlouisramsvpittsburghejhkayqfxts l.jpg?w=250 Getty Images
When Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4652/rashard-mendenhall) tore his ACL in the season finale, it created some doubt about whether he’d be able to get back on the field in time to help the team during the 2012 season.

Mendenhall still isn’t sure when he’ll be back (http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1849354-85/mendenhall-steelers-season-running-2012-career-didn-doing-final-isaac), but he’s adamant that he won’t miss the entire season. Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the team is prepared for the possibility that he will have to start the year on the PUP list, but Mendenhall isn’t willing to give up hope that he’ll be on the field for the Sunday night game against the Broncos on September 9th.

“There’s always the possibility,” Mendenhall said. “I’ll be back at some point. It’s just a matter of what point that is.”

Mendenhall said that he has been running and cutting, but that he also still has soreness and swelling in the knee. That makes it difficult to predict what kind of shape Mendenhall will be in when September rolls around. The fact that he’s entering the final year of his contract makes it more likely that Mendenhall will make sure he’s fully ready to play before pushing himself too far too fast.

Isaac Redman (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5544/isaac-redman) will likely take Mendenhall’s place in the starting lineup with Jonathan Dwyer (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5709/jonathan-dwyer), Baron Batch (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6730/baron-batch) and rookie Chris Rainey (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/7507/chris-rainey) also in the backfield mix.



Competition fueling Mendy's recovery?

feltdizz
05-25-2012, 11:31 AM
Definitely Jooser! Mendenhall has watched Redman succeed behind this OL and every RB knows all it takes is a few successful games to lose your starting role.. especially when the new RB is signed on the cheap.

Plus we have a stable of young unproven guys who will get touches with this new and improved OL.

Pops8
05-25-2012, 11:52 AM
Definitely Jooser! Mendenhall has watched Redman succeed behind this OL and every RB knows all it takes is a few successful games to lose your starting role.. especially when the new RB is signed on the cheap.

Plus we have a stable of young unproven guys who will get touches with this new and improved OL.

I would add to that the prospect of running behind that line has to make Mendy excited. Last year I felt Mendy didn't trust his line early in the season. He only began to hit holes better when IRed started showing him up a bit. I would think Mendy sees the chance for having some real holes opened for him this year. Couple that with added emphasis to running and screen passess...well, it plays right into putting RB in the spotlight a little bit. If that doesn't motivate a back to rehab and get back then I don't want said back on the team.

hawaiiansteel
05-26-2012, 01:54 AM
Rashard Mendenhall hasn’t ruled out a return for the Steelers’ opener

by The Football Fan Spot:
March 25, 2012

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Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL week 17 last year and the Steelers are handling the situation such that they’ll view anything they can get from Mendenhall in 2012 a bonus.

They’ve talked up new lead back Isaac Redman this offseason and used a 5th round pick on Chris Rainey to go with Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. However, Mendenhall hasn’t ruled out a return for the Steelers’ opener. Any talk of that is overly optimistic at this point. My money would be on him starting the season on the PUP and returning sometime around October or November.

If Isaac Redman impresses in Mendenhall’s absence, he might not find the lead back job available when he returns and instead have to settle for a split in carries between him and Redman in the final year of his rookie deal. He might not be resigned either after the season. Nothing is certain at all for Mendenhall in the future.

Original Story: http://footballfanspot.com/rashard-me...

hawaiiansteel
06-05-2012, 02:31 PM
Paulsboro High School product, current Pittsburgh Steeler Isaac Redman confirms football camp details

Published: Monday, June 04, 2012

http://media.nj.com/gloucester-sports/photo/11130470-large.jpg

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman has confirmed the details for his upcoming camp at his alma mater of Paulsboro High School.

He’s also confirmed who will be joining him.

Redman will be bringing a host of teammates and another Paulsboro product — current New England Patriots linebacker Alex Silvestro — with him when he returns to South Jersey for his inaugural Redzone Football Camp at the end of this month.

Fellow Steelers will include center Maurkice Pouncey, cornerback Keenan Lewis, guard Ramon Foster and breakout wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“I’m just happy these guys said they would do it for me,” Redman said. “Everyone I asked was more than willing to come. I know there are kids in the neighborhood that have never gotten a chance to see the guys they watch on TV or play with on Playstation. I hope this is something they remember for the rest of their lives.”

The camp, originally slated to include just athletes in the age bracket of 12-17, will now allow players as young as 8, after Redman received a lot of interest in expanding the camp.

“A lot of younger kids were inquiring about it,” Redman said. “I didn’t want it to feel like I was letting anyone down in the neighborhood. A lot of people I know were asking if younger kids could come and I decided to lower the age limit and let everyone come.

“This is for the youth, that’s why you do it. And when you get that type of feedback and that many people that want to come and be a part of it, it’s exciting.”

Redman has decided to give back to the community after a successful collegiate career that included five program records at Division II Bowie State and two years as the goal-line back for the Steelers. He’s hoping this camp won’t just be an annual event while he’s in the NFL, but long after he’s played his last down.

But that shouldn’t be for a while.

“I’m nervous and excited at the same time,” Redman said. “I hope everything goes smooth and I hope a lot of kids come out and have a good time. I’m looking forward to be able to have this every year, even when I’m done playing.”

http://www.nj.com/gloucester-sports/index.ssf/2012/06/paulsboro_high_school_product_3.html

hawaiiansteel
06-08-2012, 07:00 PM
Isaac Redman Talks about the Advantages of Pittsburgh’s New Offense, his Grasp on the System and his Chance to Start at RB

June 8, 2012 – by Brad Gagnon


The Pittsburgh Steelers offense is going through plenty of changes this offseason. Not only do the Steelers have to learn a whole new offensive under new coordinator Todd Haley, but there’s also uncertainty regarding who’ll be the No. 1 back to start the season with Rashard Mendenhall recovering from a torn ACL.

Steelers running back Isaac Redman joined Jim Colony on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh to talk about his chances of starting in place of Rashard Mendenhall, his goals for preparing for 2012, his grasp on the new offense and how the changes could help the team.

On the opportunity he has to gain a major role with Rashard Mendenhall hurt:

“I’m just gonna take it like I’ve done with every opportunity I’ve got — try to make the best of it. If he comes back, then he comes back. If he’s the guy, then he’s the guy. We’re all in this room trying to win a championship so whatever it takes. Right now, I’m just working hard and trying to prepare myself to be the No. 1 back.”

On what he’s working on to prepare for 2012:

“I think I’m gonna come in a little lighter, try to be a little faster. [He's asked if that's it] That’s it. Everything else I’m pretty much … I’ve been very good on blitz pick-up. I’m a student of the game and coaches told me that’s what kept me around, because I’m a fast learner. I’m one of the few guys that’s picking this offense up pretty fast and I just want to be a little faster, and with the speed will come power.”

On if he feels he’s completely ready to go in the new offense:

“No, not by any means. It’s still early but I’m starting to be able to break the huddle and not do as much thinking as I was when we first started. And that’s a big key, being able to break the huddle and not have to think about what you’re doing and already know what you’re doing that you can go out and play fast.”

On if being forced to learn an offense forces everyone to concentrate harder:

“It does. It’s gonna take everybody to go home, watch film, go home and stay in the play book. As far as — last year a lot of guys probably just took it for granted, ‘I know this, I know that,’ and maybe not as crisp as we could’ve been, especially in the red zone last year. So now every single one of us is gonna have to be in our playbook knowing exactly what we need to do and exactly where we need to be. And also, you gotta look at it, the other teams that we play, especially in our conference, they were used to us running the same plays and kinda had our playbook down and kinda knew what we were running. Now, they got a whole new offense that they have to prepare for.”

http://sportsradiointerviews.com/2012/06/08/ike-redman-talks-about-the-advantages-of-pittsburghs-new-offense-his-grasp-on-the-system-and-his-chance-to-start-at-rb/

NorthCoast
06-09-2012, 08:41 AM
Definitely Jooser! Mendenhall has watched Redman succeed behind this OL and every RB knows all it takes is a few successful games to lose your starting role.. especially when the new RB is signed on the cheap.

Plus we have a stable of young unproven guys who will get touches with this new and improved OL.

In this league today, the way offenses are designed and the rules written, RBs are a commodity. It is not really necessary to have a 1,200 yd back to win consistently anymore.
A reliable back that can manage 3-4 yds/att is all that a team needs to stay competitive and I think there are plenty of those to find around the league, on practice squads, and in free agency.

hawaiiansteel
06-09-2012, 03:07 PM
Isaac Redman has no doubts he’s ready to lead the Steelers

Posted by Michael David Smith on June 9, 2012

http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/isaacredman.jpg?w=250

New Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to implement a run-first offense in Pittsburgh, and the biggest question is who will do most of the running. After Rashard Mendenhall suffered a torn ACL in Week 17, it appears that the carrying the load will fall to Isaac Redman. And Redman says he’s ready for that.

“Rashard and I really haven’t spoken that much,” Redman told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We both understand that he’s working as hard as he can to get back. I’m working hard to lead this team until he gets back to 100 percent, and I don’t doubt that I can.”

Redman has every reason to be confident after the way he played when Mendenhall went down: In that Week 17 game when Mendenhall was hurt against the Browns, Redman stepped in and had 19 carries for 92 yards. The next week, in the Steelers’ playoff loss to the Broncos, he had 17 carries for 121 yards. Redman says that’s what gives him confidence in himself, and his teammates confidence in him.

“Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve been doubted by everybody — except the players and coaches,” Redman said. “They understand the type of player I am, and it’s why they’ve kept me around. They see something in me, so I never doubt myself. I’m ready to get out there. Hopefully, I’ll surprise everybody.”

Redman called learning Haley’s offense “difficult,” but he said he’s sure the Steelers will make progress.

“It’s tough right now because everybody’s trying to learn this playbook,” Redman said. “You can’t really play as fast you would like to because we’re doing a lot of thinking right now. It’s been a learning process. By the time we get to training camp, we’ll have this thing down. I want to come into camp mentally ready to play.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/09/isaac-redman-has-no-doubts-hes-ready-to-lead-the-steelers/

RuthlessBurgher
06-10-2012, 12:03 AM
New Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to implement a run-first offense in Pittsburgh

No one other than the biggest tin-foil-hat-wearing-message-board-posters among us truly believe that this is the case. Haley's offenses have historically taken advantage the talent on the roster (passing in Arizona, rushing in K.C.) and our passing offense has a 2-time SB winning QB, 4 talented wideouts, and an underutilized TE, while our rushing game has one guy who has been a solid complementary #2 RB in this league, and 4 other guys who have done little or nothing in the league. Hmmm...which would you emphasize? Haley will strive for balance, but will ultimately play to his strengths.

Crash
06-10-2012, 02:38 AM
Haley will do what Art II tells him to do.

Slapstick
06-10-2012, 01:37 PM
Haley will do what Art II tells him to do.

Yep. Art II will tell Haley to call plays that score points.

Crash
06-10-2012, 01:52 PM
Yep. Art II will tell Haley to call plays that score points.

They were 12th in scoring in 2009 and his QB threw for 26 TD passes in 15 games.

Art II made Arians commit to the run.

DukieBoy
06-10-2012, 01:58 PM
Redman always moves the pile and gets yards after contact. I want to see him run over ray-ray this year, Bus-Urlacher style.

Crash
06-10-2012, 02:03 PM
Redman does move the pile but there have been times where he's been stuffed on short yardage also. Hopefully Haley will use more unpredictable sets that don't tip their plays off.

Slapstick
06-10-2012, 02:30 PM
They were 12th in scoring in 2009 and his QB threw for 26 TD passes in 15 games.

Art II made Arians commit to the run.

If Arians had committed to running more effectively, he would still be here...

Crash
06-10-2012, 02:52 PM
If Arians had committed to running more effectively, he would still be here...

No he wouldn't. Mendenhal was effective in 2009, and 2010 and fans (and ownership) weren't satisfied.

Injuries destroyed their OL in 2011 and the Steelers as a team still had their highest YPC in TEN SEASONS.

Just remember, Haley doesn't get a free pass because of injuries because of who his Daddy is.

He gets graded the same way Arians does.

hawaiiansteel
06-10-2012, 09:03 PM
Just remember, Haley doesn't get a free pass because of injuries because of who his Daddy is.

He gets graded the same way Arians does.


I agree, let's see if Haley's offense this season can be higher ranked than 21st in the NFL in scoring.

Crash
06-10-2012, 09:08 PM
I agree, let's see if Haley's offense this season can be higher ranked than 21st in the NFL in scoring.

And hopefully they'll be better than 30th in starting field position because the defense couldn't create turnovers like last season.

You guys look at things like fantasy owners.

Have to start looking at the CONTEXT of games.

hawaiiansteel
06-10-2012, 09:48 PM
And hopefully they'll be better than 30th in starting field position because the defense couldn't create turnovers like last season.

You guys look at things like fantasy owners.

Have to start looking at the CONTEXT of games.


actually, I prefer to look at this from the CONTEXT of a TEAM.

yes, the defense needs to create more turnovers. and yes, our offense needs to become more efficient in short-yardage and red zone situations. if we can improve in both of these areas our team will be improved, which is all I'm really concerned about.

either way, Bruce Arians' play calling was predictable and inefficient in the red zone and the Steelers made the right decision to replace him. whether Todd Haley was the right man to replace Arians remains to be seen, but that doesn't change the fact that Arians needed to go.

skyhawk
06-10-2012, 09:53 PM
And hopefully they'll be better than 30th in starting field position because the defense couldn't create turnovers like last season.

You guys look at things like fantasy owners.

Have to start looking at the CONTEXT of games.

Yep. I got so tired of it. The Steelers probably led the league starting drives inside the 10.

Crash
06-10-2012, 10:07 PM
Arians play-calling in the red zone is what people wanted. Run the ball! HmmHa! Okle Dokle! Double Yoi!

hawaiiansteel
06-10-2012, 10:12 PM
Arians play-calling in the red zone is what people wanted. Run the ball! HmmHa! Okle Dokle! Double Yoi!


it's not what I or any Pittsburgh Steelers fan wanted.

we wanted six points, not three.

Crash
06-10-2012, 10:17 PM
12th in scoring in 2009, and Arians was told to change the offense.

Slapstick
06-10-2012, 10:37 PM
12th in scoring in 2009, and Arians was told to change the offense.

If only he had done so for the better...

DukieBoy
06-10-2012, 11:36 PM
http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/05/28/secret-superstar-isaac-redman-rb-pittsburgh-steelers/

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:13 AM
If only he had done so for the better...

Um, they were 12th in scoring the following year too. And that was without his HOF QB for 4 weeks.

I'd say he did pretty well.

You have to quit arguing just to do it Slap. You never learn, and you always look foolish.

Slapstick
06-11-2012, 07:55 AM
Um, they were 12th in scoring the following year too. And that was without his HOF QB for 4 weeks.

I'd say he did pretty well.

You have to quit arguing just to do it Slap. You never learn, and you always look foolish.

How they do last year?

And you are hilarious...accusing other posters of "arguing just to argue"...and "looking foolish"...yet, you've mastered both...

You crack me up, dude!

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 08:44 AM
You have to quit arguing just to do it...You never learn, and you always look foolish.


You are a funny guy

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 08:47 AM
Redman does move the pile but there have been times where he's been stuffed on short yardage also. Hopefully Haley will use more unpredictable sets that don't tip their plays off.

so you admit BA was predictable?

RuthlessBurgher
06-11-2012, 09:58 AM
And hopefully they'll be better than 30th in starting field position because the defense couldn't create turnovers like last season.

You guys look at things like fantasy owners.

Have to start looking at the CONTEXT of games.

You complain about people making excuses for LeBeau, and yet you continue to use this same excuse as a crutch over and over again.

We were below average in takeaways and were below average in scoring.

If we were average in takeaways, would we be average in scoring?

If we were above average in takeaways, would we be above average in scoring?

A quality NFL offense should not be so reliant on the field position that their defense gives them in order to be effective.

flippy
06-11-2012, 12:18 PM
And hopefully they'll be better than 30th in starting field position because the defense couldn't create turnovers like last season.

You guys look at things like fantasy owners.

Have to start looking at the CONTEXT of games.

Hopefully they'll have a QB that gets rid of the ball, doesn't take so many hits, and avoids the lingering injuries and limping into the playoffs.

I think this is the context the Rooney's are most concerned about. Protecting their $100M investment. That's why the offense needs to change.

Actually, I suspect the Rooney's and Tomlin didn't hire Haley because of his dad. They likely hired him because of Ben. At the end of the day, you have to deal with crazy with crazy. I think both Ben and Haley's track records indicate they're both a little off.

I suspect most coaches would cater to Ben. And I think Tomlin/Rooney don't want that. They want Ben healthy for the playoffs. I think they need an OC that won't bow to the alter of Big Ben, but will push him to be better no matter what. I think Haley can fit that role. Stop Ben from stopping Ben.

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:28 PM
so you admit BA was predictable?

With formations? Absolutely.

But as far as the emphasis on the running game? He only did what he was told to do.

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 12:29 PM
You have to be a little off to think the Steelers hired Haley because of his dad.

phillyesq
06-11-2012, 12:33 PM
With formations? Absolutely.

But as far as the emphasis on the running game? He only did what he was told to do.

He was told to run more EFFECTIVELY, not more often.

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:34 PM
Hopefully they'll have a QB that gets rid of the ball, doesn't take so many hits, and avoids the lingering injuries and limping into the playoffs

And like I said, the minute he starts playing like Carson Palmer? Trade him.

MOST of the hits Ben takes are jail breaks from the pocket, he doesn't have time to just get rid of it, and you can't just get rid of it from the pocket. That's grounding. Ask the alleged best QB in the game Tom Brady about that.

If Ben does what people want on this play? They lose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K8Ln5TQjwo

You take the bad with the great, or you replace him, period.

flippy
06-11-2012, 12:37 PM
With formations? Absolutely.

But as far as the emphasis on the running game? He only did what he was told to do.

In fairness, BA was very successful with the scripted part of the game plan. And he used a lot of different formations.

The predicatability came as the game went on. Some signal caller had more input into the game as the game progressed.

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:44 PM
A quality NFL offense should not be so reliant on the field position that their defense gives them in order to be effective.

When a defense creates turnovers, you also get MORE CHANCES to score on offense.

You are probably one of those guys who blames the offense for not scoring early against the Texans, never mind the fact that the defense couldn't get off the field for 11 MINUTES TO OPEN THAT GAME.

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 12:44 PM
With formations? Absolutely.

But as far as the emphasis on the running game? He only did what he was told to do.

He was told to be more EFFECTIVE...

and instead he chose to run the same plays out of the same formations more often.

If a chick tells you to be more effective in your pick up game at the bars it doesn't mean you go out and ask every girl at the same bar what's her name and her sign 5 times! LOL

RuthlessBurgher
06-11-2012, 12:46 PM
Radio Raheem (from Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing") is the son of longtime Steelers scout Bill Nunn...if the Steelers' hiring practices are based solely on nepotism, why did we hire Sean Kugler to be our OL coach when we could have hired Bill Nunn Jr. and his Boom Box?

http://mediascope.wikispaces.com/file/view/RadioRaheem.jpg/78119611/RadioRaheem.jpg

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:46 PM
You have to be a little off to think the Steelers hired Haley because of his dad.

If his Dad wasn't a Rooney buddy, they don't bother with him.

His whole makeup as a coach, goes against everything this team wants in one.

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:47 PM
Radio Raheem (from Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing") is the son of longtime Steelers scout Bill Nunn...if the Steelers' hiring practices are based solely on nepotism, why did we hire Sean Kugler to be our OL coach when we could have hired Bill Nunn Jr. and his Boom Box?

http://mediascope.wikispaces.com/file/view/RadioRaheem.jpg/78119611/RadioRaheem.jpg

Didn't you see New Jack City? He can't even speak.

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 12:50 PM
And like I said, the minute he starts playing like Carson Palmer? Trade him.

MOST of the hits Ben takes are jail breaks from the pocket, he doesn't have time to just get rid of it, and you can't just get rid of it from the pocket. That's grounding. Ask the alleged best QB in the game Tom Brady about that.

If Ben does what people want on this play? They lose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K8Ln5TQjwo

You take the bad with the great, or you replace him, period.

ask Tom Brady? That again.

No one said to sit back in the pocket and throw it away while in the endzone but I'm sure that's what you hear because it's the worst scenario that can happen.

There are more than enough times that Ben breaks the pocket, there isn't anything there and instead of eating it he cuts back, tries to break a few tackles and takes unnecessary punishment. Sure it worked in his first 2 or 3 years and it may work a few times now but lately players have caught on and grabbed the arm or wrapped him up. Most of those plays are dead and while we can't predict when an incredible play will happen we have seen Ben hobbled and hurt more times than not when trying it the last 3 years.

DukieBoy
06-11-2012, 12:51 PM
He was told to be more EFFECTIVE...

If a chick tells you to be more effective in your pick up game at the bars it doesn't mean you go out and ask every girl at the same bar what's her name and her sign 5 times! LOL

I really did LOL at this one. :tt1

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 12:52 PM
If his Dad wasn't a Rooney buddy, they don't bother with him.

His whole makeup as a coach, goes against everything this team wants in one.

... you mean it goes against everything YOU want in a coach.

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:54 PM
There are more than enough times that Ben breaks the pocket, there isn't anything there and instead of eating it he cuts back, tries to break a few tackles and takes unnecessary punishment

No, not really. Feel free to list all these examples if you wish.

And then what happens if he starts playing Peyton Manning football and eats it? "Ben's scared", "Ben's gun shy".

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 12:55 PM
I really did LOL at this one. :tt1
or you could just "holla" at her like this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJMD5R8stRc

Crash
06-11-2012, 12:55 PM
... you mean it goes against everything YOU want in a coach.

You think this team would hire Rob or Rex Ryan?

Because that's what Haley is to an exent, only he coaches offense.

DukieBoy
06-11-2012, 12:59 PM
or you could just "holla" at her like this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJMD5R8stRc

:grin:You're killin' it Dizz.

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 12:59 PM
No, not really. Feel free to list all these examples if you wish.

And then what happens if he starts playing Peyton Manning football and eats it? "Ben's scared", "Ben's gun shy".


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The play he was hurt on last year... it was over. Out of the pocket and he tries to cut back against the grain.

Gun shy? Because he isn't taking hits like a RB or LB? Who cares if people say Ben is scared if he is healthy and efficient.. I know you will take it personally but I'll take winning and a healthy Ben over winning and a hobbled Ben.

Crash
06-11-2012, 01:02 PM
The play he was hurt on last year... it was over. Out of the pocket and he tries to cut back against the grain

That's one.

Anything else? You said more than enough times.

grotonsteel
06-11-2012, 01:06 PM
The play he was hurt on last year... it was over. Out of the pocket and he tries to cut back against the grain.

Gun shy? Because he isn't taking hits like a RB or LB? Who cares if people say Ben is scared if he is healthy and efficient.. I know you will take it personally but I'll take winning and a healthy Ben over winning and a hobbled Ben.

I hope Ben continues to make plays on the run. He should not listen to crowd who wants him to be turned into Marsha/Peyton and suck into playoffs. I want my QB to play like a man.

A better O-line and WRs knowing their hot routes will keep Ben healthy. Throwing ball away from pocket is a sure way of getting smacked.

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 01:32 PM
That's one.

Anything else? You said more than enough times.

vs. Cleveland in the last game of 2008.

feltdizz
06-11-2012, 01:33 PM
I hope Ben continues to make plays on the run. He should not listen to crowd who wants him to be turned into Marsha/Peyton and suck into playoffs. I want my QB to play like a man.

A better O-line and WRs knowing their hot routes will keep Ben healthy. Throwing ball away from pocket is a sure way of getting smacked.

It's a shame that people think the only way to play like a man is to take meaningless hits and tons of punishment. No one suggested throwing the ball away in the pocket.

phillyesq
06-11-2012, 01:42 PM
It's a shame that people think the only way to play like a man is to take meaningless hits and tons of punishment. No one suggested throwing the ball away in the pocket.

Dizz, I agree with you. I'd like to see Ben relatively intact for the playoffs.

I realize there is a balance, and I don't want him to throw the ball away at the first hint of pressure, but at times (like when he was hurt against the Browns) you need to throw the ball away and live to fight again.

Crash
06-11-2012, 01:44 PM
vs. Cleveland in the last game of 2008.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q-VWtZt13M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q-VWtZt13M)

You are blaming Ben for that one, really?

hawaiiansteel
06-16-2012, 03:13 AM
Steelers Isaac Redman: 300 Carries Over Or Under?

Jun 15th, 2012 by CraigSteelers

http://nicepickcowher.com/files/2012/06/5906992.jpg?75c61e

With Rashard Mendenhall recouping from his knee injury and subsequent surgery, Isaac Redman is expected to be the front runner as the #1 RB for the Steelers offense. An interesting article from Yahoo! Sports (I use the term ‘interesting’ loosely whenever speaking about Yahoo! anything) discusses (again loosely) the notion of the days of the 300+ carry running back are fading into the rear view mirror of most NFL offenses.

Only two running backs breached 300+ carries last season. According to Yahoo!, that’s very low from the average of 8.5 between 2000-2010. Also last year, 19 teams had at least two backs register 100 or more attempts each. So it appears that most teams are beginning to try and ‘save’ their work horses in order for them to last more than a handful of seasons. Or, at least that could be the trend taking place across the league.

Head Coach Mike Tomlin tends to ‘run the wheels off of his primary backs.’ Willie Parker had over 300 carries in 2006 and 2007. Then the wheels indeed came off – in the form of a knee injury and turf toe. Parker never fully recovered, even after being on the Redskins for a short stint. Mendenhall ran over 300 times in 2010 – which is a surprising stat considering that Bruce Arians was just about set to throw out any substantial running game. So, in five seasons, the Steelers had three that saw one back with over 300 carries. And although Parker or Mendenhall ever really reached the Curst of 370, they still saw their bodies wrecked pretty good – more than likely leaving them susceptible to injury the following season.

Is this a trend in the NFL? Are teams more inclined to ‘rest’ their feature back by giving them less carries over a season? Are teams fully adopting a two back system?

Will Isaac Redman, assuming he will maintain the starting job for the entire season, breach the 300 plateau? If not, will it be of his own doing or new OC Todd Haley’s and how he constructs the offense?

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/06/15/steelers-isaac-redman-300-carries-over-or-under/

Jooser
06-16-2012, 07:42 AM
With formations? Absolutely.

But as far as the emphasis on the running game? He only did what he was told to do.

No Crash, he only did enough to APPEAR that he was doing what he was told to do.... Let me rehash this for you. Players are on record (OL and RBs) as saying that the running scheme was generic in nature. It was never designed or schemed to work in any particular way against opposing teams. The passing game wasn't much better in terms of predictability (i.e. bubble screens), so the offense in general was a generic disgumbobulation of "Ben playing street ball" in order to be half-way effective. It made Ben feel powerful and in control of things and it catered to his ego, to be sure. But, the offensive scheme was an aberration. We occasionally schemed for teams and it worked when the blockhead would do it (i.e. NE* game), but the trouble was the blockhead wouldn't do it most of the time. It was just a bunch of scripted plays, and Ben calling audibles when ever he felt like it. I think it was far past time to bring in a new scheme with some structure and intelligence in design. The jury is still out, but I hope that Ben is willing to prove the nay-sayers wrong, and not Todd Haley just for the sake of saying "See I told you so."

RuthlessBurgher
06-16-2012, 01:18 PM
Steelers Isaac Redman: 300 Carries Over Or Under?

I think Redman might be on pace to go over 300 carries at the midpoint of the season, but I expect him to split carries with Mendenhall in the second half of the season, and therefore not reach 300. Probably low-to-mid 200's (Mendenhall had 228 carries last season...I could see Redman having about the same this year).

Oviedo
06-16-2012, 02:13 PM
I think Redman might be on pace to go over 300 carries at the midpoint of the season, but I expect him to split carries with Mendenhall in the second half of the season, and therefore not reach 300. Probably low-to-mid 200's (Mendenhall had 228 carries last season...I could see Redman having about the same this year).

I'm sure they would like Redman to have that many carries but with his style and the contact he absorbs and delivers on every run I don't see him staying healthy for all 16 games to get anywhere near that. I agree he will end up in the <240 range.

Slapstick
06-16-2012, 02:17 PM
I'm sure they would like Redman to have that many carries but with his style and the contact he absorbs and delivers on every run I don't see him staying healthy for all 16 games to get anywhere near that. I agree he will end up in the <240 range.

Part of the reason that Mendenhall had 228 carries is because Redman himself had 110 last year...

I'm hoping that Batch can be a guy who can take some of that load off of Redman as Redman did for Mendenhall last year...

RuthlessBurgher
06-16-2012, 03:23 PM
Part of the reason that Mendenhall had 228 carries is because Redman himself had 110 last year...

I'm hoping that Batch can be a guy who can take some of that load off of Redman as Redman did for Mendenhall last year...

Mendenhall himself might be able to amass in the neighborhood of 110 carries after returning from PUP in October.

feltdizz
06-16-2012, 10:27 PM
I'm sure they would like Redman to have that many carries but with his style and the contact he absorbs and delivers on every run I don't see him staying healthy for all 16 games to get anywhere near that. I agree he will end up in the <240 range.

Baloney... Mendenhall is elusive and he was busted up by Ray Ray in his first start. Redman is great at avoiding direct contact but it's football and we can't limit a guys touches because we fear for his well being.

If he is effective keep feeding him. There will be games where he will get limited touches due to the way the game unfolds but we won't stop feeding him out of fear of injury.

hawaiiansteel
06-17-2012, 01:43 AM
Steelers' running game rests on Redman

June, 16, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2012/0611/nfl_u_isaacredman_cmg_300.jpg

Isaac Redman spent his first training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers trying to get Mike Tomlin to remember his name. These days, Redman's challenge has far more pressing consequences.

The success of the Steelers' running game and hopes of a well-rounded offense fall on an unproven and undrafted backup who was playing the likes of Elizabeth City State in Division II football four years ago.

As Pittsburgh begins its mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Redman is expected to take snaps with the starting offense as he's done in previous weeks. He's earned the right to fill Rashard Mendenhall's spot after he gained 121 yards against the Broncos in the playoffs.

But Redman has to prove his durability. In 36 career games (including playoffs), he's had double-digit carries in four.

"Ever since I've been here, I've been doubted by everybody except the players and coaches," Redman told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "They understand the type of player I am, and it's why they've kept me around. They see something in me, so I never doubt myself. I'm ready to get out there. Hopefully, I'll surprise everybody."

Confidence has never been a problem for a player who went from Bowie State in 2008 to the Steelers' practice squad in 2009 to becoming the team's specialized backup the past two seasons.

Pittsburgh has shown a great amount of faith in Redman after not signing a veteran backup (like Brandon Jacobs, Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant or Mike Tolbert) and not drafting a running back until the fifth round. The Steelers' actions say they believe Redman can replace Mendenhall, the team's leading rusher for the last three years. Mendenhall is expected to be sidelined at the start the season because of ACL surgery in January.

The pressure is on Redman to produce because Pittsburgh doesn't have a safety net. The other running backs have less experience than Redman. Jonathan Dwyer, John Clay and Baron Batch have a combined 35 career carries in the NFL.

So, why are the Steelers trusting Redman so much? Although Mendenhall has the first-round pedigree, Redman's between-the-tackles running style gives the offense a better shot at getting back to Steeler football.

Since the start of 2010, Mendenhall averaged 3.9 yards per carry, the fifth worst among the 28 players with at least 300 rushes in the last two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Mendenhall also had the second fewest yards after contact (1.6 per carry) among running backs with at least 200 carries.

Redman has shown flashes of being more physical and explosive in his two-year career, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns.

"Coming into the season there's always some type of nerves," Redman said. "But once you step on the field and start performing, all the nerves just go away and you just try to perform at a high level, which I'm sure I'm going to do."

Redman won't be the only change in Pittsburgh's backfield. It was revealed last month that the team is converting tight end David Johnson into a full-time fullback. There's also been speculation that offensive coordinator Todd Haley will put more emphasis on the run than his predecessor, Bruce Arians.

Although Redman wouldn't say how much the Steelers plan to run this season, he knows who will be carrying the ball with Mendenhall out.

“Rashard and I really haven’t spoken that much,” Redman said. “We both understand that he’s working as hard as he can to get back. I’m working hard to lead this team until he gets back to 100 percent, and I don’t doubt that I can.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post?id=49500

feltdizz
06-17-2012, 10:04 AM
Since the start of 2010, Mendenhall averaged 3.9 yards per carry, the fifth worst among the 28 players with at least 300 rushes in the last two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Mendenhall also had the second fewest yards after contact (1.6 per carry) among running backs with at least 200 carries.

This is precisely why Mendenhall has lost some fans the last few years

ikestops85
06-18-2012, 05:38 PM
This is precisely why Mendenhall has lost some fans the last few years

It's the "second fewest yards after contact" that lead me to dislike Mendy's style. I think the reason we have so much trouble in short yardage situations is the line gets no push and Mendy doesn't get any yards after he's been hit. Redman always seems to get positive yards after contact ... many more than Mendy. I think if we use Redman to soften up the D we can bring in Rainey/Mendy/Batch who are more likely to use their quickness to start gouging the opponent with the longer runs.

hawaiiansteel
06-18-2012, 11:30 PM
Steelers Records: QB Ben Roethlisberger Poised to Break Franchise Mark for Passing Yards in 2012

by Neal Coolong on Jun 18, 2012

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger already owns many of the single game team passing records. Much of that is due to the much higher frequency of passes thrown in this era vs., say, Hall of Fame QB Terry Bradshaw.

That doesn't dilute Roethlisberger's accomplishments, though. his 63.1 career completion percentage stands alone all-time (well ahead of Tommy Maddox's 58.2) and Roethlisberger's five touchdown passes in a 2007 game against Baltimore and last year against Tennessee tied him with Mark Malone and Bradshaw. Roethlisberger has thrown four in a game on two other occasions.

Barring a disaster, Roethlisberger will break Bradshaw's career yards mark of 27,989. Roethlisberger will start 2012 at 26,579.

He sits 47 touchdown passes from Bradshaw's 212, and he will have done it in far fewer games, and having thrown nearly exactly half as many interceptions (Bradshaw threw 210, Roethlisberger is at 100 going into this year).

Even without WR Hines Ward, who essentially re-wrote the Steelers' entire receiving record book, Roethlisberger looks to shatter most game, season and career passing records. Some of it may be due to the passing era, but Roethlisberger ranked 11th all time with a career 92.1 passer rating and his 165 touchdown passes ties him with Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman for 59th all time.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/6/18/3094209/pittsburgh-steelers-all-time-records-passing-ben-roethlisberger-terry-bradshaw#storyjump

RuthlessBurgher
06-19-2012, 12:11 PM
I didn't realize that Ben was so close to breaking the team passing yardage record. He should be able to surpass that mark by October. The TD pass record will have to wait for next year, though.

Sugar
06-19-2012, 02:47 PM
I didn't realize that Ben was so close to breaking the team passing yardage record. He should be able to surpass that mark by October. The TD pass record will have to wait for next year, though.

C'mon, it's only 3 TD passes a game and he's got the record!

hawaiiansteel
06-19-2012, 03:11 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers: Isaac Redman Will Carry Offense Early On

June 19, 2012

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Steelers starting running back Rashard Mendenhall suffered a torn ACL in week 17 of last season. The injury hurt the back’s chances at his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. Mendenhall finished with 928 yards in 2011.

His chances of returning to 1,000 rushing yards this season are also dwindling as Pittsburgh’s GM Kevin Colbert guesses Mendenhall will start the season off on the PUP list according to RotoWorld. That would keep Mendenhall out of the first six games of the season.

But Pittsburgh has confidence in Isaac Redman, Mendenhall’s backup, who started last year’s playoff game against Denver. Redman has played in every game the last two seasons and has rushed for a respectable 726 yards as a backup.

Some Steeler experts actually believe Redman could be a huge surprise and play better than Mendenhall did last season. Pittsburgh threw the ball a lot more in 2011 than they did the previous year, but Mendenhall ran too much to his left and right trying to dodge defenders rather than running through them.

Redman looks much more like a “Jerome Bettis” type back and even if he only gets 15 carries in the new Ben Roethlisberger oriented offense, Redman will punish defenders which will endear him to Pittsburgh fans.

New offensive coordinator Todd Haley will, however, have to worry about Redman’s fumbling problem. Last season, he lost two fumbles in just 110 carries. But if Redman can correct that problem, he should carry the backfield for the first half of the season. Then when Mendenhall returns, the Steelers could have a deadly one-two punch.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/pittsburgh_steelers_isaac_redman_will_carry_offens e_early_on/11043890

Jackson
06-21-2012, 04:01 PM
No. Redman is just a guy. A nobody,really. If he does succeed as a #1 back, it will just provide corroborating evidence for those who say the RB position has become so degraded that you can always find a decent option from the kind of nowhere hole where players like Redman are to be found.

feltdizz
06-21-2012, 04:20 PM
No. Redman is just a guy. A nobody,really. If he does succeed as a #1 back, it will just provide corroborating evidence for those who say the RB position has become so degraded that you can always find a decent option from the kind of nowhere hole where players like Redman are to be found.

not really... all it means is sometimes the scouts, agents and coaches get it wrong... and sometimes a kids bad decisions can hurt his options while in college or HS which can slow his rise to fame.

If anyone could be a RB in the NFL then trust me... a lot of guys would be in the NFL.

The RB position is one where a talented RB who didn't get hype can flourish in if given the opportunity and he is up to the challenge.

Oviedo
06-21-2012, 04:23 PM
not really... all it means is sometimes the scouts, agents and coaches get it wrong... and sometimes a kids bad decisions can hurt his options while in college or HS which can slow his rise to fame.

If anyone could be a RB in the NFL then trust me... a lot of guys would be in the NFL.

The RB position is one where a talented RB who didn't get hype can flourish in if given the opportunity and he is up to the challenge.

Pretty certain Redman won't "flourish" but he will be "adequete."

Slapstick
06-21-2012, 07:19 PM
Pretty certain Redman won't "flourish" but he will be "adequete."

He flourished when given an opportunity against the Browns and in the playoffs vs the Broncos...

hawaiiansteel
07-09-2012, 05:43 PM
Confident Redman Ready For Larger Role With Steelers

July 9 by ProSportsDaily Staff

PITTSBURGH -- One of six former undrafted free agents who figures to open the year as a starting tailback for his franchise, Isaac Redman of the Pittsburgh Steelers is also the only member of that half-dozen lead runner subset who has yet to rush for 500 yards in a season.

Yet the third-year veteran, who almost certainly will supplant the injured Rashard Mendenhall as the Steelers' starter for the Sept. 9 opener at Denver, is confident that he can fill the bill in a revamped offense that likely will emphasize the run more in 2012 under new coordinator Todd Haley.

"Mentally, you're always ready, because you're just one (injury) away from having to be 'the guy,' you know?" said Redman, a former Bowie State (Md.) standout signed by the Steelers in 2009, after he went undrafted. "This is a little different. You have to be ready to carry maybe 20 times in a game, instead of, say, 10. The workload is something you can't ignore. But I'm looking forward to it. People are looking hard to me to step up ... and I don't intend to let anyone down."

Mendenhall tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 2011 season finale at Cleveland, and the Steelers' leading rusher each of the past three seasons probably will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list. That would sideline Mendenhall for at least the first six weeks. Even though Mendenhall has begun light jogging, and his rehabilitation seems to be proceeding without incident, there is speculation the former first-rounder won't play at all in 2012. Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert even acknowledged that anything the team gets from Mendenhall this season will be "a bonus."

The team's first-round pick in 2008, Mendenhall expects to return at some point in 2012, but conceded this spring that he can't say when. Entering the final season of his original contract, the injury places Mendenhall and the Steelers in a tough spot.

Enter Redman, who rushed for 121 yards on 17 attempts in the Steelers' wild card loss to the Broncos to end last season, but who had only one regular-season start before that. His lack of starting experience notwithstanding, Redman has adopted an Alfred E. Newman ("What, me worry?") approach to the impending pressure.

"I've never been one, not matter what other people think, to doubt myself," Redman said. "I mean, why not me, right? Other (undrafted tailbacks) have done it."

True enough, but Redman, who took the bulk of the snaps as the No. 1 tailback during the Pittsburgh minicamps and OTAs, and who appears unchallenged right now for the top perch on the depth chart, hasn't done it yet. All of the other five undrafted players projected as starters have achieved some respective degree of NFL success.

Fred Jackson (Buffalo), LeGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Cincinnati) and Arian Foster (Houston) all have 1,000-yard seasons. Foster's resume includes a rushing title. New Orleans' Pierre Thomas owns a Super Bowl ring. Green-Ellis (Cincinnati) has played in a Super Bowl.

Redman, on the other hand, has just two career starts, counting the playoff game last year. He owns only three career contests with 10 or more carries. And, after starting his career in 2009 by spending the entire season on injured reserve, Redman has just 726 yards in two seasons. The five other undrafted free agents cited previously all have at least one year with more rushing yards than Redman's career total.

What he might lack in experience and accomplishments, though, Redman possesses in self esteem. And the rest of the organization here, where the Steelers have added no veteran runners in free agency and didn't choose a tailback in the draft until the fifth round, seems to share that confidence.

"That's our guy," said center Maurkice Pouncey. Added coach Mike Tomlin at last month's mandatory minicamp: "We believe in (Redman)."

Good thing, because there isn't much behind him. The Steelers currently have four tailbacks, besides Mendenhall and Redman, on the roster. Second-year veteran Baron Batch, a seventh-round choice in 2011, spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. This year's fifth-rounder, Chris Rainey, is regarded more as a third-down or change-of-pace back. Returning young veterans Jonathan Dwyer and John Clay have a total of 10 regular-season appearances and zero starts between them, with a combined 35 carries for 191 yards and one touchdown.

Compounding the situation is the new offense installed this spring by Haley, who is replacing longtime coordinator Bruce Arians. Redman conceded that the offense, with its new terminology, will need an acclimation period. Then there is the seeming preference of standout quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the passing game, and the charge of Steelers' president Art Rooney II to better balance the attack in 2012.

If the urging of Rooney, that Pittsburgh improve its ground efficiency, doesn't quite qualify as a mandate from the top, it's certainly a strong suggestion. The Steelers ranked No. 14 statistically in rushing offense in 2011, had only 386 rushes by backs, and suffered problems closing out games on the ground.


Relying on a relatively untested tailback to fix all of the problems -- especially one who probably lacks Mendenhall's wiggle, and his and long speed, and was principally utilized as a short-yardage and goal line specialist in the past -- doesn't exactly sound like a ready remedy.

Except to the 230-pound Redman.

"I'm sure of myself," Redman said. "And the team, I think, is sure of me, too."

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/confident_redman_ready_for_larger_role_with_steele rs/11185669

Slapstick
07-09-2012, 06:12 PM
Okay, I can kind of see the author's point...

But, before any of those guys became the starter for their respective team, what did their resumés look like?

RuthlessBurgher
07-13-2012, 01:38 PM
Rashard Mendenhall: “My knee has healed wonderfully”
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 13, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has been saying this offseason that he thinks he can play in Week 1 this season despite suffering a torn ACL in Week 17 last season, and as training camp draws near, Mendenahll isn’t changing his tune.

Mendenhall took to Twitter today to give his fans an update, saying the knee has healed.

“My knee has healed wonderfully, thanks for all the well wishes!” Mendenhall wrote.

Mendenhall likely won’t be ready to go when training camp starts for the Steelers on July 25, but if he’s ready to go when the regular season opens on September 9, that would be an impressive recovery. And wonderful news for the Steelers.


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/13/rashard-mendenhall-my-knee-has-healed-wonderfully/

feltdizz
07-13-2012, 04:29 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/13/rashard-mendenhall-my-knee-has-healed-wonderfully/

The reason Mendenhall is pressing to return is because he knows Redman will show out behind this OL.

Shawn
07-13-2012, 04:52 PM
If Mendenhall doesn't come back this season, I would be shocked if Redman ran for less than 1200 yards this season.

Oviedo
07-14-2012, 08:44 AM
If Mendenhall doesn't come back this season, I would be shocked if Redman ran for less than 1200 yards this season.

I'll take the under on 1200 yards because I think the very thing that makes everyone love Redman, running hard, is going to get him dinged to the point he misses games. In addition, I think Dwyer knows this is his year to put up or find another job and he will be a viable option and get at least 75-100 carries if Mendy doesn't come back.

grotonsteel
07-14-2012, 10:36 AM
I'll take the under on 1200 yards because I think the very thing that makes everyone love Redman, running hard, is going to get him dinged to the point he misses games. In addition, I think Dwyer knows this is his year to put up or find another job and he will be a viable option and get at least 75-100 carries if Mendy doesn't come back.

I think one most also factor in that Redman will get more attention from opponents with Mendy being injured. I still believe Mendy will be back after 6 games.

feltdizz
07-14-2012, 01:05 PM
More attention? Nah... Redman is our short yardage back and he got tons of attention on 3rd and 1 and they couldn't stop him 80% of the time... he will get the same amount of attention he got in the Denver game...

RuthlessBurgher
07-14-2012, 01:59 PM
I still believe Mendy will be back after 6 games.

Me too. Last year, Mendenhall had 228 carries and Redman had 110 carries. With Mendenhall missing the first 6 games, Redman taking the reins in September and October, and they having those two essentially split carries through November and December to ease Mendenhall back into the swing of things, I would expect those numbers to ultimately be reversed for this season...about 228 carries for Redman and about 110 carries for Mendenhall.

Snatch98
07-14-2012, 02:09 PM
The reason Mendenhall is pressing to return is because he knows Redman will show out behind this OL.

Don't discredit the fact that if Redman will show behind this line Mendenhall certainly will. I whole heartedly believe that Mendenhall behind this line could enter elite territory if he's healthy.

Shoe
07-15-2012, 01:44 PM
I think one most also factor in that Redman will get more attention from opponents with Mendy being injured. I still believe Mendy will be back after 6 games.

IMO, that would be really good for Redman. For a young, unproven guy like this, I think it's good to have a fire constantly under him, to make him not take anything for granted. I don't know much about Redman, but I think a lot of young people (not just football players) can quickly get a sense of complacency/entitlement and NOT push themselves when they need to.

In the ideal situation, Redman comes out of the gates and runs well. If/when Mendenhall comes back (around Week 6), Redman will feel pressure to continue to stay in games (as mentioned, he will get dinged no matter what), knowing that last year's starter is back and wanting his job back. If Mendy doesn't come back, I think a young guy like Redman might take a more laxed approach to battling through injury/adversity.

ikestops85
07-16-2012, 01:12 PM
Don't discredit the fact that if Redman will show behind this line Mendenhall certainly will. I whole heartedly believe that Mendenhall behind this line could enter elite territory if he's healthy.

I'm thinking you might be right. I think Mendy has elite talent if he can get to the second level. The problem has been that our line doesn't let that happen very often. That is why Redman has been more successful (in my opinion) running behind our bad line. He hits what should be the hole and then pushes, digs, scrounges, squirms, and fights for every inch.

I hope Mendy comes back better than he was and puts highlights on Sports Center every week. I hope Redman does the same thing.

grotonsteel
07-16-2012, 01:35 PM
I'm thinking you might be right. I think Mendy has elite talent if he can get to the second level. The problem has been that our line doesn't let that happen very often. That is why Redman has been more successful (in my opinion) running behind our bad line. He hits what should be the hole and then pushes, digs, scrounges, squirms, and fights for every inch.

I hope Mendy comes back better than he was and puts highlights on Sports Center every week. I hope Redman does the same thing.

I have to agree with you. I believe Mendy is more dangerous in open field and he has good pair of hands.

With improved O-line (on paper for now) and contract year Mendy might put some crazy numbers if healthy.

feltdizz
07-16-2012, 02:52 PM
I have to agree with you. I believe Mendy is more dangerous in open field and he has good pair of hands.

With improved O-line (on paper for now) and contract year Mendy might put some crazy numbers if healthy.

Mend has all the makings of an elite RB once he gets to the second level.. the problem though is he rarely gets there and is easily tackled. I'm hoping the Mendenhall of 2010 in the playoffs shows up. That guy was a beast...

I was extremely disappointed with him last year.

Oviedo
07-16-2012, 03:31 PM
Mend has all the makings of an elite RB once he gets to the second level.. the problem though is he rarely gets there and is easily tackled. I'm hoping the Mendenhall of 2010 in the playoffs shows up. That guy was a beast...

I was extremely disappointed with him last year.

I've said it many times. Can't judge anything about offensive performance given the bad OL we have had. Put Mendy behind a solid OL and he will do very well.