The Houston Texans cut safety Ed Reed earlier this week. It was shocking in part because of Reed’s veteran status and league wide respect. It came on the heels of some comments reed made about being out-coached, which led to some speculation that those comments played a role. Head coach Gary Kubiak denies that.
“It all gets back to football,” Kubiak said Wednesday, via the Texans’ official website. “Obviously, I know there was lot said and this and that. I talked to Ed yesterday. We’re playing young guys and we really like the way D.J. (Swearinger) is playing and Shiloh (Keo) is playing. His role became diminished, especially the last few weeks.”
Kubiak says part of the decision was so that he could find a team to play in a bigger role, out of respect for Reed.
“In all fairness to him, like I told him, in respect to his career and what he’s done, and for us to be in a situation where we’re playing him eight-to-10 plays and that was going to continue with the way we’re doing it right now,” Kubiak said. “I thought it was fair to him to give him an opportunity to play somewhere else, whatever he wanted to do.
“That’s how we came to the conclusion. He and I talked about it yesterday and we’ll continue with these young guys. They’ve been doing a good job.”