Wade Phillips responds to Reed's criticism

Wade Phillips responds to Reed's criticism
November 21, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had his chance to fire back at Ed Reed on Thursday. The former Ravens safety had plenty to say about Phillips this week, and none of it was complimentary. Phillips wished Reed well, but it’s clear the two will never be close.

“I don’t think he’s going to ask me to induct him into the Hall of Fame,” Phillips told the Houston Chronicle. "But when he does go in the Hall of Fame, wherever I am, I'm going to be clapping my hands and saying, 'Well deserved.' Because he's been a great player in this league.

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“There’s disappointments in this league and in life. And I believe the way you deal with those things tells a lot about what you are and who you are.

“When we let Ed go, I went down to the training room. I looked him right in the eye, shook hands with him and I said, ‘Thank you…it was an honor to coach a guy that’s going to be in the Hall of Fame, and I wish you good luck.' The truth is the truth.”

When he was still with the Texans, Reed said the Texans had been outcoached after they lost to the Cardinals. Not long after that, the Texans released Reed, and he has blamed Phillips for that decision.

Reed is now with the Jets, and he will return to M & T Bank Stadium for the second time this season on Sunday to face the Ravens. Now that Reed and Phillips have weighed in on their divorce, maybe both can move on.

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