Redman: 15 carries, 49 yds. 3 catches for 12 yds. He did leave with cramps in the 3rd quarter.
Dwyer: 11 carries for 107 yds.
Redman running like a bulldozer, straight up the field and dragging tacklers. He got the tough yards today, something we wanted to see how he could handle carrying the load as the main back. Just watching Redman run is so refreshing. No dancing, no wasted movement, just get the ball, hit the hole, and go to work. He secures the ball, lowers his head and isn't afraid to take on the defenders for that extra yard.
Dwyer's amazing first carry goes for 76 yds. There's no way he envisioned that when he took the field today but credit the blocking on the right side, Legursky sealed the lane and Dwyer burst right through it. He's come a long way since that run test at training camp. Who knew he had that kind of speed to boot.
The Steelers need to realize this is a what have you done for me lately league. Right now they need a jump start. They can't afford to go back to doing what they were doing the first 3-4 weeks in the NFL. Both players provided a spark and they should continue to get the workload. Now is not the time to " be partial' to the veterans just because. Run with the hot hand in my opinion.
Now, let's not kid ourselves here, credit the offensive line as well, as we're talking about in another thread. The running game is not about just the running back, if you don't have a line blocking it doesn't matter who is carrying the ball. However I still maintain that with a line who is struggling, you need a back with the style of Redmand and Dwyer right now. You don't forget about Mendenhall, let's not lose sight of him. He's still going to play a part in this offense but clearly the with the offensive line being a MASH unit, the running style of Redman and Dwyer is more effective right now.