Steelers RB Isaac Redman Admits Offense Was Uncomfortable With Todd Haley Last Season

It\’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers offense had a tough time adjusting to then-new offensive coordinator Todd Haley last year and this past week running back Isaac Redman admitted as much in an interview on 93.7 The Fan. Redman did, however, say that things are off to a much better start this year.

“Yeah, you can tell it\’s a better relationship all the way across the board,” said Redman, who signed a one-year, $1.323 million restricted tender during the offseason. “We\’ve got to know him for a year; he\’s got to know us, and you can tell it was kind of awkward, uncomfortable feeling last year and now he\’s part of the family, and everybody\’s embraced the whole scheme and embraced him as well.”

The Steelers running game finished 26th in the league last year in rushing yards per game and 28th overall in rushing yards per play and Redman was asked what led to that.

“Not to have any excuses, but it was the injuries,” said Redman. “We have great talent on the offensive line, and we have great talent in the running back room. There\’s no reason why we shouldn\’t have a great running game, but the offensive line was banged up all year. The backfield was banged up all year, and it was to the point when we were coming into the week and not knowing who was going to be playing where.

“Our offensive line was juggling. They didn\’t really have time to really gel because each week it was a new guy starting at a new position. Each week it was a different running back starting. So when you have those problems its kind of hard to run the ball well.”

With Haley now entering his second season things have gone much smoother for the offense this summer, according to Redman.

“I feel like we’re light-years ahead of where we were last year, which is a good thing,” Redman said. “We’re clicking. We’ve got the offense down pat. Right now its just a refreshment of last year. We’ve changed a few things to better our offense, and I feel like we’re looking great.”

Even though both Redman and fellow running back Jonathan Dwyer were re-signed during the offseason, the Steelers still bolstered their running back unit by drafting Michigan State running back Le\’Veon Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft in hopes that he would eventually become the starter. Redman, however, said he isn\’t ready to concede the starting job to the rookie just yet as he knows 2013 is a make-or-break year for him.

“Bell\’s a great player, and he\’s going to help our team out a lot, but I\’m here to compete, and I definitely have a chip on my shoulder to prove myself,” said Redman.

With Baron Batch and LaRod Stephens-Howling also looking forward to competing for a spot on the 53 man roster this summer, Redman talked about the upcoming training camp battle at the position.

“It’s going to be a heated competition when we get to training camp,” Redman said. “If you’re not built for it, then you’re gonna lag in the back. I\’ve been the guy that\’s always been built for competition. I can\’t really speak for anybody else, but I’m here to compete. When things start firing in training camp, we’ll see who’s built for competition and who’s not.”

  • steeltown

    I love Redmans demeanor and mindset.. over the yrs I haven’t heard Redmans name to much regarding special teams play, I wonder how well he performs in that dept.. because I would much rather have him on roster than B.Batch

  • TJimmy

    Redman isn’t just going to hand the RB role over to Bell or anyone else. I maintain that he is an excellent running back, perhaps as good as Bell could be, but only if he can stay healthy and not have to play through injury.

  • 2443scott

    some the things red said was not new yes were injuries and was reason why there was prob with offence but that haley came in wasnt reason with new system it was the injuries that caused lot it because always was some one hurt so there wasnt enough time each week to train at one spot ….and this is my prob i have with team they havent been coached well enough or conditioned hard enough …i caught part the black & gold radio station and they were talking about conditioning and how chuck and cowher made conditioning a must they talked how they had stress tests and knew who came into camp not in shape when they said they were …so it was a enlighten conversation and i believe thats what has caused so many injuries because the coaches have been laxed in the conditioning part ..not to mention some of what red just said him self he plans to come in this year better and build to take it ….why didnt he last year ??? i believe this is prob and mind set that the coaches have made and caused they take off training and practiceing then do enough to get by and by the 4th quarter they are mentaly tired and plain tired and thats how they loose these games in the end of game ….these so called 3rd and 4th year players need to be pressed to do more conditioning and more ready for games and not sit on side lines cheering lets go but when they get to go in they just are to out shape to do much any thing ..i sure hope with the plans for the stress tests are put in practice because this team sure needs it …. i remember when players played through pain and took 3 guys to keep them off the field now its my pinky hurts and they say they cant play thats all because they aint conditioned enough to handle it .

  • walter mason

    I like Redmans “chip on my shoulder” attitude. Too bad it wont rub off on “sit back and laugh” Woodley.

  • Jason White

    Im so glad they got a year under their belt with the Haley offense. Should be able to fire on all cylinders this year especially if they can avoid the pesky injury bug unlike last year. Im excited to see how well the outside zone compliments the passing game. I’d like to see some zone stretch and playaction off of the stretch added in so we can see Ben do what he does well, throwing on the run.

    Gonna be an exciting training camp/preseason to watch this year. For some reason it just seems like this year has a little added excitement to it, Might be the changes to the offense with the zone blocking scheme and all the goodies that can come from that as well as seeing how well McLendon and Allen do in their first season as starters. And as always seeing the new faces and focusing on the development of a few others. Not to mention Im optimistic about the Steelers’ chances this season which is more than I can say for a lot of people especially in the media and other fan bases whom already have the Steelers penciled in for certain death in the 2013/2014 season.

  • charles

    Redman is ready to compete. Everyone should also remember Ben was having a career year in Haley’s offense until he got injured.