Elias Sports Bureau Changes Redman Fumble To A Roethlisberger Fumble

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician for the NFL, has changed the first quarter fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman to a Ben Roethlisberger fumble for no gain.

The play in question happened with 8:22 left in the first quarter. On third and one from the Tennessee Titans 6 yard-line, the Steelers attempted a fullback dive to Redman with time winding down on the play clock. Roethlisberger’s handoff was never fully controlled by Redman and that is most likely why Roethlisberger is now being charged with the fumble instead.

Dan Fouts, who broadcasted the game Sunday for CBS Sports, suggested during a replay of the turnover that Roethlisberger was too high with his ball placement on the handoff. I have included an animated gif of the play below and you can judge for yourself.

Regardless of the stat correction, Redman needs to hold onto that football. To make matters worse on that play, the Steelers had the wrong personnel in the game at the time as Felix Jones was supposed to be the running back on the play instead of tight end David Johnson.

If you own and started Redman in your fantasy football league this past weekend, you can now rejoice in the fact that the Steelers running back finished the game with 3.5 points if your league scores negative points for fumbles. On the flip side, Roethlisberger will now be docked one or two points depending on your scoring system.

Redman fumble Steelers versus Titans

  • TxSteeler

    I don’t know. Still looks like to me Red didn’t secure the ball, high hand off or not. JMO

  • pittsburghjoe

    Ahh, Heck. Let’s just make it a Todd Haley fumble. As we all know he is the root of all problems up to, and including, global warming.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    LOL, are they on drugs? At no time does Roethlisberger’s motion suggest he fumbled it.

  • Starbuck63

    and he shot JFK too…and steals lollipops from orphans!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    thats where my lollipop went!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I really do not look at placement this closely and really have nothing to compare it too but it looks like a decent handoff to me. Somebody in fantasy football just lost a game by one point because of this somewhere …lol!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    not sure why this was changed.

  • Michael Briscoe

    You can tell by the massive movement from Foster and Adams he would of scored on this play…….if he had 5 more downs. Who cares whose fumble it is loss is a loss play better line!!

  • dgh57

    Never mind the fumble what is Paulson trying to do? A weak block if I ever did see one!

  • Pete

    Redman never had the ball. It was a bad exchange after confusion on the field. Redman said as much. Roethlisberger took full responsibility for the poor exchange and fumble right after the game. End of story. Elias Sports Bureau finally has it right.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I think he’s being blamed for what they determined was a bad handoff, not actually fumbling the ball himself.

  • Dan

    Agreed. I guess Elias considers it to be Ben who last had full control of the ball and therefore it is his fumble, but I put that all on Redman. Maybe a little on the high side, but it was certainly a good hand off. Redman was looking at and focused on the bodies in front of him instead of the ball.

  • Matt Manzo

    And gay people!

  • Joe Bu

    I’m with you on placement. To me, Redman had it in his chest, pushed the ball down to belly button level where he should have secured it, but went “Hot Potato” with the ball.

    Ben did take credit for a bad hand-off but that’s probably just him being a good teammate and not gas-lighting his RB

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  • JPDQ

    But the stats will show Ben having a fumble in this game, and that’s clearly not what happened. It’s not like he hit him in the facemask with the ball.

    I do hope, too, that Steelers Depot will post an article every time that Elias Sports Bureau changes a stat on a Steelers player. Not just one that makes Redman look like he played a better game.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I hear ya, but that animated gif shows clearly that he puts it right in the middle of the bread basket that Redman creates.

  • John

    That person was me.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    really!? that suxs dude!!!

  • jake schmitt

    I’m calling you out elias sports bureau. your are completely and utterly wrong on this stat change. it is ridiculous, for you to even blame ben, the only competent player other than antonio brown on the offense. isaac redman deserves that fumble as an exclamation point on a horrific performance. you’re opening pandora’s box by suggesting that a quarterback must tuck the football perfectly inside the runningback’s belly button in order to prevent err on his part. that handoff was isaac redmans ball to lose, and he did, you’re absolutely wrong, end of story.

  • Benjo

    This lost me my fantasy week, so stupid.