Steelers run game off to slow start

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He’s at 111 yards through two weeks with a middling 3.6 yards per carry average and found the going tough at the goal line. He had five yards on six carries inside the Seattle 5. Redman has been more productive while spelling his backfield mate and ran for 49 yards on 10 carries against the Seahawks, including a 20-yard touchdown run in which he juked by a Seattle defender and walked into the end zone.

It was the kind of move that drew praise from Tomlin, who called his backup running back “Red Zone Redman” during a film session on Monday. Tomlin isn’t complaining about the flashy moves but would like to see his team grind it out too.

“The reality is that we have to be able to play 60 minutes of football in the manner of which we desire,” Tomlin said. “I didn’t think we ran the ball as effectively as you would like to in the second half. Our run game efficiency wasn’t acceptable and we will just simply work.”

The Colts can still bring it against opposing quarterbacks with ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis but have shown little grit stopping the run. Indianapolis is 29th in yards allowed and 30th in the league against the run. The Steelers know there’s room to move in between the tackles.

Redman hopes the backs will be given a chance to find it. For all the talk about the weapons at Roethlisberger’s disposal, this is the Steelers after all. They’re supposed to line it up and run it down your throat, right?

“As a running back, we always want to be a run-first team even if it sounds kind of selfish,” Redman said. “As running backs, we just want the ball in our hands but we know we have great receivers, a great tight end … so it’s kind of hard to get into a rhythm and try to even it out, run and pass at the same time. “By the time we get to midseason, we should have a good run/pass ratio.”

When it happens, Redman expects the backs to be ready. They’re not out there doing extra wind sprints because it’s fun.

“We want to make sure we’re not huffing and puffing and breathing too heavy,” Redman said.

They’d rather leave that up to the Colts.

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