PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers let one get away in Week 3 at Oakland, but according to running back Isaac Redman, the 34-31 upset by the Raiders, their pretty punchless ground attack is not entirely to blame, nor is Todd Haley’s strategy.
“They were down in their defensive backfield…so we knew Ben could pick them apart, and our receivers could have their way,” Redman told the gathered masses on the South Side earlier this week. “There wasn’t really any need to keep running the ball, because we were doing what we wanted to them.”
The Steelers enter their bye week with a running game ranked 30th in the NFL in total yardage. Redman, who carried only nine times for 27 yards Sunday, and has just 72 yards through three games, was quick to diagnose the negative plays that have kept this offense from achieving true balance.
“Guys are coming in free and unblocked. We need to put hats on hats, and do a better job getting to the line of scrimmage, and not dancing too much,” he said.
Redman also explained why he’s not worried about the underwhelming numbers from the Steelers’ running game through three contests…and exactly how much he missed the “regular” (unionized) NFL officials:
After Sunday’s open date, the Steelers host the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field for a 1:00 kickoff Oct. 7.