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The Curious Case Of Issac Redman

Steelers Issac Redman

He started the season as the starting running back.

Six weeks later – he’s unemployed.

The Monday release of running back Issac Redman really should have come as no shock, but at the end of the day, it just shows how fast a player can go from a starter to looking for a job.

Redman and his final weeks with the Steelers appeared to come across as tense to say the least.

He was the starter opening day against the Titans, and, along with the rest of the offense, was awful to say the least.

He ran for just nine yards on eight carries in the 16-9 loss.

The team promised the run game would be better in week two, but Redman got hit on the head on the opening kickoff and Felix Jones started the game at running back in the loss.

Redman was back the following week, but that’s when the controversy really started.

He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he had a concussion. The team said that was not the case, and that he was good to go after going through all the tests.

“I was pretty much out of it the rest of the game,” Redman told the paper. “I just tried to go back in.”

Redman said he told the team’s medical staff he was fine to get back in the game.

The going to the press appeared to tick off the team, and they paid him back for his words by making him inactive for the last three weeks.

Now with Le’Veon Bell back, and the team winning two straight, the team felt they didn’t need Redman, and didn’t wanna deal with any more of his words that could cause problems within the organization.

Redman gained 1,136 rushing yards from 2010-12, and nearly helped the team overcome a huge deficit in the playoff game two years ago against the Broncos.

The team feels that they have enough at the running back spot with Bell, Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones.

Which leaves Redman back looking for a job, and wondering now if his words about the ‘concussion’ he reportedly suffered was the start of his demise with the black and gold.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Zarbor

    October 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hard for me to believe that this one incident is what caused him to be released. I personally don’t see that happening if he performed well in the games especially when he started.

    I like Redman and was glad he was given a chance coming from a small school. He was never meant to be a starter in this league. Just doesn’t have all the tool. He a short yardage guy and unfortunately he was even consistent on that part of his game. Add to that fumbling, I think it becomes a little clearer.

    All the best Redman. Never know, Dwyer came back.

    • Mario

      October 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      He will never be a premier back anyway. Without the O-Line creating holes to run thru, no running back will look good here!

  2. Mike

    October 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    He also started last season while Mendenhall was out with his ACL. Produced nearly identical results as this year. Fact is, Redman is nothing more than a camp warrior who scored during goal line drills that one time.

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