Isaac Redman on Tomlin Going with the Hot Hand at RB: “If he calls my number then I’m going to be prepared”

November 9, 2012 – 9:45 am by Chris Fedor

After getting off to a slow start this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers look like they are hitting their stride during this three game winning streak. It’s no surprise but the common denominator in all three victories has been a strong running game. In two of three games, Jonathan Dwyer went over the 100 yard mark and in the other it was Isaac Redman. On one hand it’s a great thing to have so many reliable running backs on one roster but on the other hand it makes the decision difficult for the Steelers when Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are all healthy at the same time. Some running back will be the odd man out in Pittsburgh and Redman did his part last week to show that it shouldn’t be him.

Isaac Redman joined 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh to talk about the running back situation in Pittsburgh, how it felt to perform the way he did this past weekend, who he thinks should be the starting running back when all three are healthy, on not overlooking Kansas City coming off a big win against the Giants and how big of a game this is for offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

On the running back situation in Pittsburgh:

“We’re in a good situation. We’re a little banged up but it’s like every week at least one of us is healthy to go and it’s good to have three guys on your team that you can count on and that are capable of being a starting running back.”

How it felt to be back out there and perform the way he did this past week:

“I don’t understand when I was ever the odd man out but it felt good to go back in and be able to contribute. I hate sitting on the sideline and watching my team go out there and play and know what I was capable of doing. It was just tough trying to come back from injury. I didn’t want to come back too fast or too soon and re-injure it. It was just good to come out and be able to perform the way I did. Everything started with the offensive line, guys like Max Starks, Willie Colon and Maurkice Pouncey, they’ve been doing a great job and stepping up and we’re starting to like the demeanor those guys have.”

Who he thinks should be the starting running back when all three backs are healthy:

“That’s the coaches decision. I’m not going to say who should be the starting running back or not, that’s up to Coach Tomlin and the rest of the coaches on who they feel should be in there. Coach Tomlin said he is going to go with the hot hand and I don’t know what he means by that but if that means he’s going to go with who’s hot or you know who’s performing at the time then so be it. If he calls my number then I’m going to be prepared and that’s all I can really worry about.”

On staying focused on Kansas City despite a big win over the Giants:

“We know that game is behind us now and we have to put all of our focus on Kansas City. It’s the NFL. We don’t want to look at a team’s record and not take them as serious. It’s the NFL and everybody is good. They just have a problem with turning the ball over and they didn’t turn the ball over in the Baltimore game and it was a pretty close game between them and the Ravens so we haven’t been doing too good of a job of getting turnovers and we know that we have to come out and play our A game.”

How big of a game this is for offensive coordinator Todd Haley playing against his former team:

“We haven’t said anything but we know it’s a big game for him. We know he wants to go out there pretty good. You could tell by his speech this morning that he had a little extra on it. He’s pumped up to be able to go against him.”

Listen to Isaac Redman on 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh here

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