With the Baltimore Ravens moving into a new era, one can speculate on whether or not they moved too fast. They probably believe they made the right decision, and in some ways it is still too early to tell. The Ravens wanted to get younger across the board, and they are almost at that goal.
But I personally think they did rush things with Ed Reed. Yes Reed is still hurt and hasn’t played a game with this season with the Houston Texans, but with what the Ravens have seen from Michael Huff at free safety and him getting demoted for rookie Matt Elam so quickly should tell everyone what they need to know.
I never really liked the idea of Reed leaving because he is iconic in Baltimore sports. Is Reed the same player he used to be? No, but he is a player that still strikes fear in elite quarterbacks. His presence alone would have been good enough for me to re-sign him if I were the Ravens at the time.
These are the growing pains teams go through when they are in a transition. But the question is did the transition have to move that quickly with Reed? We already knew Ray Lewis was going to retire after the 2012 season, but to lose the other icon in the secondary just seems to be too much.
I trusted the Ravens through the process, and I still do at the end of the day. But letting Reed go and seeing Huff struggle provides a lot of questions.