The divorce of safety Ed Reed and the Houston Texans has managed to get even messier this week. Reed was pulled from the starting lineup midway through his tenure with Houston and was released after post game comments made following a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
“Certain situations we just got outplayed and outcoached,” Reed said.
Interesting words coming from an offseason free agent acquisition who had yet to make a single impactful play midway through the season.
Reed was in no position to throw stones following a loss in which he was on the field for 11 total snaps.
And that’s how the Ed Reed era ended in Houston. No one was sad to see him go. Reed as a Texan was more pointless than disastrous. It was amazing to watch a player, long thought of as the best ball hawk in NFL history, look completely pedestrian and not manage a single big play in his handful of games in a Texans’ uniform.
Reed is now a New York Jet, and for some reason will not ease off his smear campaign of the Houston coaching staff. During a conference call with the Baltimore media (the reason he’s on a conference call with the Baltimore media is beyond me), he had more mud to sling, this time aimed directly at defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.“(It) is not a good fit for a lot of people who are still down there.”
“The truth is the truth. You’ve got to put your players in a position to make plays,” Reed said. “(He) basically just made sure I was leaving. Honestly, of all people, he’s probably the guy, the reason I’m not there.”
Reed’s play in 2013 has spoken for itself, and his petty comments only make the longtime respected NFL vet seem childish and immature. He needs to take a long look in the mirror. Reed couldn’t make an impact on a struggling secondary riddled with holes and populated by unproven young players. The coaching staff isn’t the reason he was run out of Houston, his lackluster performance and inability to shut his mouth is.