The New England Patriots are having a surprisingly good season. In fact, they might even be set for another Super Bowl run. They’re getting healthy at the right time, they have a quarterback who can play at an elite level and no one thinks they can do it. That basically describes the last four or five champions. The one thing they’re lacking? Veteran leadership.
You wouldn’t think that veteran leadership would be a problem for a New England team that has had so much success the past decade, but because of the typical roster turnover in the NFL they actually have a lack of players who know what it takes to go all the way.
One way they can fix that is to pick up Ed Reed off of waivers. Reed, a surefire first-ballot Hall of Fame safety, was recently released by the Houston Texans. While Reed is clearly not the difference maker on the field he was just a few years ago, he is a difference maker in the locker room. Reed brings leadership and experience, something the young and talented Patriots need.
This season is starting to shape up better than most expected in New England. Because of a weak conference they may end up with the second seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye. They can beat anyone in the conference, including the Denver Broncos who all of a sudden look mortal.
If the Patriots want to make a run at another Super Bowl for Tom Brady, it would do them good to pick up his one-time adversary Ed Reed so that Reed could help show the young New England defenders how to win championships.