Ed Reed did not part on good terms with the Texans. In particular, Reed did not see eye-to-eye with Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
The Texans abruptly released Reed last week, after Reed said the Texans were being outcoached. Now with the Jets, Reed has fingered Phillips as the main reason why things didn’t work out in Texas. During a Wednesday conference call with Baltimore media, this is how Reed described his final conversation with Phillips.
“He came and basically just made sure I was leaving,” Reed said. “Honestly, out of all the people he’s probably the guy, the reason why I’m not there.”
After 11 seasons at safety with the Ravens that will eventually land him in the Hall of Fame, Reed is going through a roller coaster season. He will make his second trip to M & T Bank Stadium as an opponent on Sunday, when the Jets face the Ravens. Reed was with the Texans when they lost, 30-9, to the Ravens in September. Reed made it clear that he was glad to be out of Houston, and he had a comeback when it was suggested that maybe the Texans’ defense wasn’t a good fit for him.
“That defense is not a good fit for a lot of people who’s still down there,” Reed said. “It wasn’t just about me. My comments were not just about me. Obviously, that’s why I’m not there anymore, because some people felt some type of way about what I said. The truth is the truth. They know I know. People might feel a certain way, like Ed didn’t do things on the football field. But you got to look at the play calling. You got to put your players in position to make plays.”
At age 35, Reed is past his prime, but you can’t convince him that he can’t help the Jets. Or that he couldn’t have helped the Texans. Reed is thrilled to be reunited with Jets coach Rex Ryan, the Ravens’ former defensive coordinator.
“I know I’m still effective, and I know the quarterbacks across the league hasn’t throwing the ball my way,” Reed said. “Hope it changes this week. Probably won’t, but we’ll see.
“That was part of my decision of signing here. Knowing that I could come in, know the defense, be effective and not worry about all the b.s. ,with the business side of things.”
Reed was also looking forward to another return to Baltimore.
“I’m sure the welcome will be good,” Reed said. “I spent a lot of time down in Baltimore, and I plan on spending a lot of time after football in Baltimore. I would hope that it’s a warm welcome.”
It will certainly be warmer than the feeling Reed has for Phillips.