Rex Ryan won’t back down on Ed Reed starting


The Houston Texans released safety Ed Reed because they felt like he had nothing left, and couldn’t play. They were releasing him out of respect for his storied career.

Reed’s old defensive coordinator Rex Ryan brought him to the New York Jets and has given him the starting position. After lacking to make an impact on defense in his time in New York, it appears the Texans were right about Reed, but Ryan will continue to start Reed unless he is injured.

He’s going to be starting unless he’s injured,” Ryan said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I think Ed gives us the best shot.”

One of the highlights and arguments is a missed tackle against the Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Brian Hartline.

“If you look at it from a statistical standpoint, I can understand the question,” Ryan said. “We all saw him miss the tackle on Hartline’s touchdown. But Ed did his job, I don’t think there’s any doubt.”

Reed was also to blame for a 66-yard touchdown throw by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco because he misplayed the ball.

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