Week 13 of the NFL regular season didn’t go as planned for the New York Jets, as they watched the Baltimore Ravens run away with the win. One of the big momentum shifts in the game came whenever the Ravens were able to bomb a ball deep over the Jets secondary, which led to a lead to big to overcome.
One of the players responsible for being out of position and giving up the big play was veteran safety Ed Reed, but Jets head coach Rex Ryan is not ready to toss the blame in Reed’s direction.
“I’m not going to pin it on any one individual,” Ryan said, via Neil Best of Newsday. “Certainly not on one guy. Certainly not Ed Reed. He’d probably be third on that list, in all honesty.”
As for Reed, he simply blames not being able to locate the ball for being caught out of position.
“I never really saw the ball,” he said. “I should have played it different. I probably should have just grabbed Jacoby and took the pass interference instead, given the position I was in. I mean, they had the wind; it’s just that simple. It was like, here comes a shot . . . What would you do? I tell one of the fastest guys to just run deep and locate the ball, and that’s what he did.”
There is plenty of blame to go around for the Jets defense and their performance, but it looks like Reed is going to get a free pass.