The Houston Texans needed to find a leader in their defensive backfield which prompted them to go out and sign safety Ed Reed to be that anchor. Reed underwent surgery last month to repair a labral tear in his hip. He is expected to be ready to go by training camp, and that will give Houston the piece on defense that should be able to take them over the top in 2013.
I have a lot of confidence in what the Texans could do this coming season. The offense is still strong, but they needed to improve in the secondary some. The signing of Reed gets that taken care of, and for a player in the final years of his career, I’m sure Reed would love to win one more title. He may have gotten his first championship last season with the Baltimore Ravens, but I think Reed was ready for a new challenge. It will definitely be a new challenge to get a team to the Super Bowl that has never played in a conference championship game before.
Reed had 58 tackles and four sacks last season during the Super Bowl run for Baltimore. Houston has lost the last two years in the divisional playoff round and got hammered in the secondary last season. I would expect Reed to tighten up what the Texans are trying to do back there. Houston is my favorite to get to Super Bowl XLVIII out of the AFC. I don’t see any other teams being able to compete now with the Texans, but only time will tell. The arrival of Reed makes that prediction easier to make.