The Houston Texans made a surprising move this week when they decided to cut safety Ed Reed after the team signed him this offseason in hopes of upgrading a pass defense that ranked among the NFL’s worst last year.
While it appeared to be a good move now that they’re out of playoff contention at 2-7, the players don’t agree with it and hated to see Reed go.
“It’s not something you want to see, but it’s part of the business,” Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson said after practice Wednesday. “I had a chance to talk to him, and he’s not in a bad place. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went somewhere and did very well. You wish he still could be here, but you’ve got to move on from it. It’s disappointing for everybody. Everybody’s frustrated.”
Tight end Owen Daniels was asked if he thought Reed was released because of his criticism.
“From what I’ve heard, I don’t think that’s the reason he was released,” said Daniels. “I think there were probably some other differences between him and the coaching staff. Guys make comments a lot. That’s something that can be handled in-house without a release being the result of it.
“I don’t disagree with what he said. When you don’t win games, being outplayed and outcoached is the reason for that.”
Losing brings out the worst in NFL players, and it appears this team is ready to voice their displeasure with anything they believe is causing them to lose. It’s unfortunate that may have cost Reed his job in the end, and the players are just ass disappointed that’s the case.