18 Mar

Posted by Mike Huff, March 18th 2012, 8:20 am EST

Last night we told you that the Steelers coaching staff wants an open competition at inside linebacker.

It appears that philosophy has carried over to the offense.

The decision makers also see starting tailback as an unsecured spot. This makes sense with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley having yet to observe any of his personnel.

Since Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL late last season, Steelers fan have believed the job would be handed to Isaac Redman for the beginning of 2012. But while Redman seems like the logical favorite, there are no guarantees.

The roster also consists of Johnathan Dwyer, Mewelde Moore, Baron Batch, John Clay and Chad Spann.

Of that list, we believe Dwyer is the only true competition Redman has for the temporary gig. It will be tough for Moore, Clay and Spann to make the team – and Baron Batch is coming off of last years season ending injury.

With all the reported interest the team has supposedly had in Mike Tolbert, maybe they are looking to bring in a veteran to supplement the staff. We made an argument for the front office to look at Joseph Addai last week.

While the reports of Pittsburgh being interested in Tolbert seem to have lacked integrity, if the team chooses not to bring in outside help, Redman should ultimately come out of training camp with the job.

He rushed for 479 yards last season with a 4.4 yards per carry average.

But while those are impressive numbers for a guy out of Bowie State, Redman doesn’t have the skill-set to be a starter long-term. In games where he has been given increased work his performance has tailed off. That’s to be expected, but over the course of a sixteen game season – that weakness is going to become apparent.

Perhaps – in the end – he and Dwyer will more or less share the position.

Saving the most profound idea for last, we feel it’s worth mentioning that Duce Staley is available.


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