Jets coach Rex Ryan continues to back Ed Reed, although his performance may not warrant the loyalty. The Jets (5-7) have lost all three games since signing Reed, and he has proved little help. In fact, Reed has been directly involved in two long passes surrendered by the Jets, including a 66-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones against the Ravens. Reed also missed a tackle Sunday on a 31-yard touchdown catch by the Dolphins’ Brian Hartline.
Reed was released by the Texans earlier this season, and has looked nothing like the future Hall of Fame safety that spent 11 seasons with the Ravens. There is ample evidence to suggest that Reed can no longer play anywhere near his previous level. However, Ryan said Reed would continue to start.
“He’s going to start unless he’s injured,” Ryan said via ESPNNewYork com. “I think Ed gives us the best shot “If you look at it from a statistical standpoint I can understand the question. We all saw him miss the tackle on Hartline’s touchdown. But Ed did his job, I don’t think there’s any question.”
If Reed is still the best option for the Jets, they are in trouble. So is Ryan, if the Jets continue to lose.