If you are not comfortable with the Steelers’ running back siuation behind starter Rashard Mendenhall, you don’t share the same concern as offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
B.A. likes what he has.
Arians said Monday that he is quite comfortable with the depth behind Mendenhall with veteran Mewelde Moore and second-year guy Isaac Redman — even if either were asked to carry the load for an extended period of time.
“Isaac is coming on line gangbusters,” Arians said. “We went to the Super Bowl with Mewelde running as our feature back for more than a month (in 2008) so I know what he can do. He is a quality guy.”
The Steelers have no desire to bring in a proven running back to back up Mendenhall, who has 539 regular season carries over the past 22 months.
When Moore has been asked to fill in for long periods of time before, he has been succesful.
Moore filled in three times in 2004 as a rookie with Minnesota and ripped off games of 92, 109 and 138 yards. The next year, he had games of 122 and 101 yards.
With the Steelers during the Super Bowl-winning year of 2008, Moore filled in for an injured Willie Parker and went for 99, 120 and 84 yards then later in the year added games of 57, 56 and 67 yards.
Redman had an 4.8 yards per carry average last year as a rookie and caught the game-winning touchdown against Baltimore. He has carried that momentum into this training camp as he ripped off a team-high 42 yards including an 22-yard touchdown run against the Redskins last week.
“And don’t forget Jonathan Dwyer, he is making a nice move,” Arians said. “He is getting in shape and he has running skills. It gives us quality depth. Redman and Mewelde are proven guys. They took us to the Super Bowl last year. Every time Red got the ball, it was positive plays. And Mo is Mo.”
– Mark Kaboly