Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
I couldn't disagree more. Cook suggests that Redman supporters think he is the second coming of Adrian Peterson. Please. Maybe the Bears' Adrian Peterson, but not the Vikings' Adrian Peterson. Does he really think Steeler fans are that stupid? Give us some credit here, man.
The fact of that matter is that if Redman was active, he would have one specific job and one specific job only. In short yardage and goal line situations, he would have to line up behind FB D.J. Johnson in the I-formation, and pound the rock for a yard or two to get the first down or touchdown. That's it.
It's a very specialized gig. In order to do it, he does not need to know the whole offense and understanding all of the assignments. He does not have to pick up blitzes and make the right blocks so quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn't get knocked into next week. He doesn't have to run the right pass routes so Roethlisberger doesn't throw silly interceptions. They have Parker, Mendenhall, and Moore to handle all of those things. Redman would only need to be on the field in short yardage situations and carry the ball between the tackles. Perhaps occassionally, they use him as a decoy in short yardage and run a play action pass, in which case Redman's only responsibility would be to pretend that he was carrying the ball between the tackles. I think he could handle that.
It's not tough. This guy can do it. He showed that he could against our defense in Latrobe (against both 3rd teamers as well as 1st teamers). In preseason games, he scored TD's against Arizona's 3rd teamers and Carolina's 1st teamers, breaking multiple tackles from actual NFL players (not current UPS drivers) on the way to paydirt.
We kept a guy on the team last year solely for short yardage running last year. His name was Gary Russell. No one expected him to become the next Adrian Peterson, but he did score the first TD in the Super Bowl. If those 7 points we scored there were only 3 because we were not able to punch it in, Santonio's TD catch at the end of the game would have only tied the score instead of won it. Being able to run the ball in short yardage situations is vitally important.
We have a specialists for a variety of jobs (just return kicks, just long snap, etc.) so why not have a specialist just to run short yardage? I think he'd be better at the job that we ask him to do as opposed to having Frank the Tank trying to learn how to convert to a fullback and whiffing on half his blocks. Summers can learn to be a FB on the practice squad while Johnson takes over the reins at blocking FB with Redman behind him in short yardage situations.
I wish the PPG would publish this rebuttal to Cook's article.