On the flip side, the running game has not lived up to any expectations. During the preseason this looked like a backfield that could be very dangerous despite being without starting running back Rashard Mendenhall for the first three games.
Unfortunately, the preseason isn't a good indicator. Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and Chris Rainey have all struggled mightily. The only real bright spot for the Steelers has been the work on Will Johnson at fullback. He's been a good blocker, runner and receiver.
Redman is the most disappointing. After a great performance against Denver in the playoffs last season, he's done virtually nothing. I thought, if nothing else, that Redman would play well trying to get a big contract. Instead, he's been ineffective.
Part of the problem so far has been the blocking up front. The offensive line, so good in pass protection, has been terrible when asked to open holes in the running game. If that doesn't improve, it probably doesn't matter who is carrying the football.