Redman: 'Those Guys Hungrier'

Isaac Redman is angry, and he thinks his offensive teammates didn't want it as badly as the Bengals' defensive players Monday night. Read more on his rant:

Isaac Redman maintains one of the reasons the Bengals beat the Steelers is the Bengals wanted the game more, that Cincinnati was the hungrier team.

Add that to the Steelers' list of concerns as they prepare to host the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Heinz Field.

"I feel like the first thing we need to do is just go out there and play harder," Redman said after a video review of Cincinnati's 20-10 triumph on Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium. "Watching the film it looked like they wanted it more than we did, they were finishing harder. It just was unacceptable watching the film.

"I'm really lost for words, honestly. I didn't really get a chance to play as much as I would like to so I wasn't really out on the field that much. After sitting here and watching the film it was ugly, to be honest with you.

"They looked hungry out there. Once we got into the second half they just looked hungrier. I'm not talking about our defense; I'm talking about our offense vs. their defense. It just looked like those guys were hungrier."

And you probably thought all the Steelers had to worry about was running, throwing, catching, scoring, stopping the run and finding a way to generate at least one turnover.

Redman was supposed to start in Cincinnati but came up temporarily unavailable when he had to be checked for a concussion following the opening kickoff.

He wound up carrying the ball three times for 4 yards (1.3 avg.) as part of a Steelers' rushing attack that generated 44 yards on 16 attempts (2.8).

The Steelers have 75 rushing yards on 31 tries (2.4) through losses to the Titans and Bengals.

They rank 31st in the NFL in rushing (ahead of only the New York Giants) and 31st in total offense (ahead of only the Jacksonville Jaguars).

"It's frustrating," Redman said. "I don't know if it's schematically, the players, the running backs, our O-Line. I feel like it's just a collective group, something's just not clicking for us."

Redman entered this season with 1, 136 career rushing yards, with an average of 4.2 yards per attempt. But this season he has 10 carries for 12 yards and has officially fumbled once through the Steelers' 0-2 start.

What's been happening to Redman and the Steelers' ground game can best be summed up by his failure to move the chains on third-and-2 from the Steelers' 28-yard line with 4:59 left in the third quarter on Monday night. Redman followed pulling guard Ramon Foster. Foster wound up blocking no one, the play gained 1 yard rather than the required 2, and the Steelers wound up punting.

It's either that or the aborted handoff from Ben Roethlisberger that turned into a Roethlisberger fumble and, ultimately, into a turnover in the Tennessee end zone on the opening drive of the campaign, that stands as Pittsburgh's running-game signature.

That disaster occurred on third-and-1 from the Titans' 6.

Redman was almost automatic on such attempts a season ago.

This year he gets stuffed, or the ball winds up in the end zone in the other team's possession.

"Obviously, it's not the start I would like individually and as far as the team," he said. "But there's no doubt of my ability at all. I just want to be able to go out there and get something started.

"I don't know; it's tough. You're getting these tough looks. It's hard to run the ball when there's nowhere to go."

Redman described himself as "a little pissed off, a little hungry," and then almost immediately altered that characterization.

"I'm not hungry, I'm starving," he said. "I'm ready to get a win. We haven't come out of a stadium with a win yet this year. It's just unacceptable.

"I'm hungry. I hope the other guys feel like I feel because I'm pissed off and I'm ready to get a win."


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