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NFL Playbook Segment Features Poor Runs By The Steelers Running Backs


One of my favorite shows to watch every week during the season is "Playbook", which can be seen every Friday night on the NFL Network. They do great job of previewing the upcoming games and you always learn something thanks to their all-22 play break downs.

In their preview of the Monday night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, they took a brief look at what James Harrison brings to the Bengals for starters. In addition, they illustrate how both Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling both failed to read blocks in the Sunday season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

I have included gifs below of the two runs in question for you to study after you watch the video.

LaRod Stephens-Howling Titans

Isaac Redman Titans

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  • george

    Adams wiffs on cut block in #2

  • Jones

    Play was already blown up anyway….

  • tequila0341

    Yes, Redman had no chance on the 2nd run. The double team is ineffective, AND there is no cutback lane open because Adams can’t get the DE on the ground.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I cannot put either one of those so called poor runs on the HB.

  • RW

    The cutback was there on the first play.

  • r4kolb

    Not sure how the 2 gifs tie into the backs not hitting holes? Can anyone tell me where the holes were? Other then our porous line that’s like a sieve!

  • chris ward

    Stephens-Howling should of cut back on the 1st run. David Johnson did a nice job sealing the DE. Adams and Foster had a nice double team on the 3 technique. Linebacker was flowing hard also, Hole was there if Howling would of cut back.

  • r4kolb

    I think it’s important to know where the run was designed to go. It looks to me that it /his original read was to go up the middle, then he went with the flow to try to find a hole. To say he should have cut back is really not fair to Stephens-Howling.

  • chris ward

    It was a zone play. Howling is suppose to have vision and see that. That’s why the Steelers cut block, so they can get the backside player down and the RB can cut back. In Zone blocking cut backs are designed in the play and it’s the RB job to see that.

  • r4kolb

    Vision…..something all our RB’s seem to lack. Will have to wait and see if Bell has it.

  • chris ward

    Yeah hopefully Bell can be the answer at RB.

  • Douglas Andrews

    LSH missed that cutback lane that should have been a big run.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Watch the video.

  • chris ward

    Second run was not on the running back. Hard to run when Decastro and Adams are both on the ground.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Hopefully Velasco starts on Monday. Impatience by LSH on his run for sure. If he just looked for the cut back I’m sure he wold have taken it. Not sure about the Redman play, but since he sucked that day I won’t give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • David Todd

    This. Yes, definitely a big hole on the first play. I don’t really see it on the second play unless he presses the edge.

  • tank

    Y don’t pittsburgh try some miss direction plays like play action to the right and then go back to the right with a quick pass or run.last week i wached them over pursue the thier defense on every play …..u have to keep the defense off balance. .a reverse would have went for pay dirt

  • chris ward

    Yeah I agree on the 2nd run there was not much to work with for Redman. O-line got beat, Decastro and Adams both on the ground. Gilbert got beat inside and Beachum/Foster didn’t have the best double team up to the backer.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I saw that to the left but the direction of his body looks to me it would have been tough to redirect that way.

  • Pete

    Thanks for the gifs. What you are showing me is excellent defense by the Titans quickly closing holes created by the Steelers linemen. Sorry but the Titans won the battle of the trenches against our O line and that has been the problem for a long time (since the later part of Fast Willie Parker’s tenure). The Bengals front 7 are much better than the Titans so I am expecting that they are going to maul the Steelers O line.

    I’m still of the belief that this O line will get much better but it may take all of this season to become a cohesive unit.

  • charles

    I thought that I read that the Steelers only ran 1 ZBS play.

  • charles

    Haley never seems to make adjustments like that. He seems at this point (including last year) to just want to ram his system down the oppositions throat. You have to “get the defense on their heels” whatever that means. We will know it when we see it and we haven’t seen it yet in Haley’s tenure.

  • charles

    Agree, but it needs to start becoming a unit by game 8 then we have a good chance of being the team who is playing the best at the end of the season when it counts.

  • tank

    So true ..and the teams we play its like they now what we r gone to do …something has to change or its gon to n a long season

  • PA2AK

    That’s one of the biggest benefits of the zone is that cutback lane. Have to pin it on the rb. Even our TE blocked on that play! He saw it too, but made the wrong decision.

  • PA2AK

    Their cut technique is miserable. Need to keep their heads up and approach it more like a bear crawl than a belly flop. No coach is telling them to just hop down and take a nap. If you do it right, it still takes some athleticism.

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