Safety Ed Reed made intriguing headlines a week before Super Bowl XLVII was played between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Reed, then a member of the Ravens, said he would love to play for New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
“I could definitely play for coach Belichick,” said Reed in an interview with Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “He is a great coach. I’m sure he can help me to expand my football knowledge even more as a player and as a coach, so if I’m ever able to be around him, just like I was at the Pro Bowl, it’s huge.”
Reed even went as far as to complement Belichick’s unusual attire.
“It’s the reason why I wear my sweater cut off a little bit,” Reed said. “He’s the first guy I saw like, ‘That’s cool.’ You know, that’s cool.”
The comments were very peculiar given that Reed had just contributed to the Ravens’ victory over the rival Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
After the Ravens won the Super Bowl, it was widely known that he would not be re-signed by the team he spent his entire 11-year career playing for. Upon the start of the free agency period, there was some major buzz that the Patriots may look to sign Reed. After all, the Patriots’ secondary has been suspect in recent years, and adding Reed, the nine-time Pro Bowler, could help propel the team to win their first Super Bowl since 2004.
But the marriage between Reed and Belichick never became a reality, as Reed signed a three year, $15 million deal with the Houston Texans. The Patriots, meanwhile, signed five-time Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson to fill their void at the safety position.
It was unclear why Reed opted against signing with the Patriots. But could Reed’s recent comments about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shed some light into the safety’s free agent choice?
Reed, who is rehabbing from offseason hip surgery, indicated that the injury originally occurred when Tom Brady kicked him in the 2012 AFC Championship game.
“The only play I could look at is when I got kicked by a certain quarterback,” Reed told the Associated Press at Texans’ minicamp on Tuesday. “But even then, I played in the Super Bowl and you saw what happened there.”
Did the 34-year-old Reed not sign with the Patriots because he vehemently believes that Brady’s kick-slide caused his injury, leading to the second hip surgery of his career? Maybe this is just speculation, but it appears Reed still holds a grudge over Brady. Perhaps, Reed planned on joining forces with Belichick in New England until Brady’s kick-slide changed everything. After all, Reed did clearly state, before playing in the Super Bowl, that Belichick could make him a smarter and better player. So, it’s a little uncanny that Reed bolted to Houston, a team that few envisioned him playing for, instead of for the coach of the team he praised so highly.
Brady brushed off Reed’s claim that his kick-slide led to the safety’s injury and eventual surgery.
“Yeah, there was nothing intentional about it,” Brady said during a media session on Wednesday. “It was unfortunate that it happened.”
Reed will likely think little of what Brady has to say at this point. These two players appear to have bad blood, which could make the Week 13 meeting between the Patriots and Texans at Reliant Stadium all the more exciting. Brady and Reed, who almost joined forces in the offseason, could see each other in the playoffs as both players are on AFC powerhouse squads, which could spice up the rivalry between these future Hall of Famers.