Without a doubt, New York Jets safety Ed Reed is bound for the Hall of Fame. The 9-time Pro Bowler, 5-time First-Team All Pro and 2004 Defensive Player of the Year appears near the top of the list in several career statistical categories and was a member of last year’s Super Bowl winner with the Baltimore Ravens.
As his career approaches its latter stages – as with any player – perhaps the laundry list of injuries he has suffered over the years, and well, age, have slowed him down just a tad.
According to a report from Dom Cosentino at NJ.com, Reed was none-too-happy when a reporter brought up some recent poor defensive play.
“That’s football, man,” Reed said. “We in this locker room have been playing football for a long time. Nobody’s perfect out here on this football field. You guys’ jobs is to critique, be critics. That’s why you ask a controversial question—to try to be controversial and then trash people in the media. I could care less about that.
“Missed tackles happen. Nobody’s perfect. Big plays—you can’t have them. Not to win.”
Reed went on to express his opinion about some members of the media, and their collective knowledge of the game.
“Everything I’ve been through, I’ve been through for a reason, to learn a lot—even reading you guys’ blogs, listening to your comments, knowing half of ya’ll don’t know as much about football as you think you do, unless you come and sit in the film with us, and break the film down. You don’t even know the schematic part of it.
“You can ask the questions, but that don’t mean that you’re an expert at what we do. It’s funny to me. Reading it, I smile at it, laugh at it, but that’s your job. Some of your jobs, you tear people down, (or) try to, and tear the team down, not understand that it’s a team. You’d rather point the finger at one individual. It’s not an individual game. It’s a team sport—totally a team sport.” [NJ.com]