Ed Reed is a trusty veteran who chose the Houston Texans in free agency with hopes of making one final Super Bowl run before calling it a career, but the team has struggled greatly throughout the first two months of the season as they currently sit with just two wins.
The latest loss came thanks to the Arizona Cardinals, who were able to edge the Texans in Week 10, and Reed says the reason for the team’s latest loss was because they were out-coached.
“I’m just doing what I’m told for the most part,” Reed said, via ESPN.com. “At the same time, I know a lot of football. I know a lot about football. I know a lot about this game. I’m not just watching it blind. The stuff I do know, I can’t say to you guys because it is a team sport and I do look at it from a coaching perspective as well. There’s lots of soul searching, top to bottom, that needs to be done as coaches and as players.
“If you’re watching the game, it’s not no-brainers. Certain situations we have to get off the field. We need three-and-out. You have to also come out as an offense and move the ball. We can’t go three-and-out and put your defense on the field that quick. That drive that they had, I’m looking at it like guys are a little fatigued because I know if you don’t control the ball as much, offensively and defensively, you’re going to get fatigued. They’re going to get plays. Eventually, they’re going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things.”
Houston is being led by interim head coach Wade Phillips, who is filling in for head coach Gary Kubiak who suffered a mini-stroke one week ago, so there shouldn’t be a surprise that things weren’t running as smoothly as they can.
Kubiak is the man who calls the Texans offensive plays, which helps the team keep possession and allows the defense to rest on the sidelines.
That was missing on Sunday, which ultimately led to a tired defense allowing the Cardinals to march down the field and earn a win that put them right in the thick of the NFC Wild Card race.