Ed Reed, no longer starter, says he's not being tested

Ed Reed, no longer starter, says he's not being tested
November 8, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Recovering from offseason surgery on his hip, Ed Reed took a while to work his way back onto the field in his first season with the Texans. But now the former Ravens safety is no longer a starter in Houston.

Shiloh Keo got the start at free safety on Sunday against the Colts. Reed said it’s the first time since 1999 that he’s been healthy and not started a game.

Reed is 35, and though he established a Hall of Fame career in Baltimore, it just may be that his time is up as a front-line safety. That doesn’t seem to be his view of the situation, however. Reed takes more of the view that offenses stay away from him so much that he can’t even show what he still can do.

“Let’s look at the tape,” he told ESPN.com. “I’ll look at the tape with anybody who wants to look at it with me. Played six games, missed 3 1/2-4 tackles, mental error here and there, nothing major. But they haven’t thrown my way, not anywhere close. I think the ball has come close to me twice. Am I not doing my job, or am I not being tested?"

Defensive coordinator and interim head coach Wade Phillips said how much Reed plays is a reflection of what opposing offenses are doing. The ESPN.com piece cites Reed’s playing time as running from a high of 97 percent of the defensive snaps in his second game back, against the Seahawks, to a low of 45 percent against the 49ers the next week. Reed was in for about half of the defensive plays on Sunday against Indianapolis.

How did he handle it?

"I’m human," Reed said. "I have trial and tribulations like anybody else. Did I accept it well? No, I didn’t because I look at the tape as well. I’m grading, not just myself, but us a whole. At the same time, like I said, I understand this game. I understand where I’m at. I understand communication with my coach and what he’s trying to accomplish, what we’re trying to accomplish. At the end of the day, that’s for the betterment of the team.”

So Reed said what he’s supposed to say, especially on a team that has lost six in a row.