Assuming RedZone is not going to be fumbling on a regular basis, I don't really think it's that big of a deal. Would be nice to get Moore back out there for the odd catch & run.
Count me in as one that doesn't think the difference in production between RM and IR is going to suffer for the playoffs; it's really the remaining productive depth behind that has me concerned. At the beginning of the season, I was worried about the RB situation behind Mendy and that was with
a healthy MeMo. Without either? Fingers crossed that Red can stay healthy carrying the load for 4 games or so.
Also, if opposing teams take a relaxed approach to the Steelers' ability to run the ball now and focus primarily on Ben, it'll only open things up even more for Redman.
Obviously, Pittsburgh's success continues to be predicated on Ben getting healthy and being back in sync with the offense.
I'm of a philosophy you don't pay big bucks for RB unless it's an all time great (Bettis for example). Most replaceable position on the field IMO, and they break down fastest. Keep bringing in young hungry guys for a few years, then let someone else overpay for them later.
As I've hypothesized before, having an elite/stud RB often puts teams behind the 8 ball towards winning Championships. Generally, a RB can't carry a team to a title and their big contract usually handcuffs a team from giving a big contract to a franchise type QB.
A great example of this is the Ravens this year. It will be interesting to see what they do with Ray Rice who's a FA and Flacco who's going into his final season. And, while I don't consider Flacco a "franchise QB," he's all they got.
This is the last year of Mendenhall's deal. Pittsburgh would be wise not
to extend his contract. If he recovers in time for the '12 season, let him play it out and walk or just cut him after this season and bring in a mid level type FA (a Hightower or Tashard Choice type) or draft a RB in the early to mid rounds or both.