Wednesday in a conference call with the media in Baltimore, New York Jets newly signed safety Ed Reed addressed his time with the Houston Texans and was extremely critical of the coaching staff there, specifically defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. He also pointed out what the Baltimore Ravens and John Harbaugh had confirmed, which is they were not interested in bringing him back.
With regards to the Texans defense, Reed said the following:
“That defense was not a good fit for a lot of people that are still there. You got to look at the playcalling and put your players in position to make plays.”
Reed carries quite a bit of credibility given that he is going to end up in Canton when his career is over, but it is difficult not to take this with a grain of salt, given his physical condition and the fact he has an ax to grind. On the other hand, there are already talks about how dissatisfied the front office in Houston is with the coaching staff this year, so this might be another little added fuel to that particular fire.
“In hindsight, he’s probably the reason I’m not there.”
“He came in and basically just made sure I was leaving.”
This was Reed in regards to Phillips specifically. It is safe to say that he and Phillips will not be spending Thanksgiving together.
Reed also threw a bone to Baltimore as he said he wishes he did not wear #20 outside of Baltimore. He was also asked about Rex Ryan as opposed to Harbaugh as the head coach of the Ravens, since those were two of the candidates considered. Reed went the politically safe route and said it worked out for both sides. This is all leading up to the Jets playing the Ravens this week in Baltimore with both teams hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive.