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Bill Belichick is president of the Ed Reed fan club

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Bill Belichick has coached in the NFL for 37 years. Many of those years were spent coaching defense or coaching up the secondary.

And Belichick says he’s going up against the best he’s ever seen this Sunday.

“Can’t say I’ve [coached] against anyone better in the secondary than Ed Reed,” Belichick said.

Belichick-ophiles already know about his long-standing appreciation of Reed. It’s not just Belichick’s usual public praise of an opponent. Belichick and Tom Brady were seen on an NFL Films documentary talking about Reed’s greatness behind closed doors at length as they prepared for the Ravens in 2009.

Belichick said Wednesday that Reed probably covers more field as a single safety than most teams can cover with two. While this hasn’t been Reed’s best season, he’s coming off a terrific performance against the Texans.

“You don’t fool Ed too often,” Brady said Wednesday. “Coach Belichick has a meeting for quarterbacks each week. We go over the strengths and weaknesses of opponents.  Ed has no weak points.”

Brady says he locates where Reed is before every play. While Belichick may lay on his praise thick, we don’t doubt his sincerity.

Sunday’s matchup involves an all-time great coach and quarterback going up against two all-time great defensive players in Reed and Ray Lewis. Both sides know these chances don’t come around often.

It’s a matchup to savor for football fans.

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  1. nocookies28 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:40 PM

    Gonna be a hell of a game.

  2. cobrala2 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:40 PM

    Wait… somewhere in here should be… nope. No Giants references, connections or praises to be found in this article.

  3. bradybbgoat says: Jan 18, 2012 12:43 PM

    So glad the Pats selected Daniel Graham over Ed in 2002.

    *facepalm*

  4. ninerdynasty says: Jan 18, 2012 12:47 PM

    I do have to say.. After Ronnie Lott, i have not seen another more dominant Safety than Reed.

  5. QuothTheRaven says: Jan 18, 2012 12:47 PM

    Hey Boston fans what do you think is going to suck more, Baltimore ending your baseball season, or Baltimore ending your football season?

    The Ravens ain’t the Broncos.

  6. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 18, 2012 12:47 PM

    Ed Reed and Bill Belichick will travel on the same road to Canton.

  7. dannyreneau says: Jan 18, 2012 12:50 PM

    reed is a Beast. and so is Brady. This will be a great game

  8. steelbydesign says: Jan 18, 2012 12:51 PM

    While I don’t discount Ray Lewis’ great career, as a Steelers fan, his cheerleader antics have always annoyed me.

    Reed on the other hand is a guy I’ve always wished we could steal from the Ravens.

    With Pittsburgh out, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but go ravens… And then maybe Reed and Lewis will finally retire.

  9. bcgreg says: Jan 18, 2012 12:51 PM

    Wonder what he thinks of Derrick Mason.

    Ed Reed’s the best DB I’ve seen play. Better than Deion. Better than Darrell Green. Better than Kyle Arringt…wait.

  10. horatio69 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:53 PM

    This is standard Belichickian subterfuge: compliment the hell out of the other team’s best player, in hopes that he will not play well as a result.

  11. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 18, 2012 12:53 PM

    Too bad Flacco is so mediocre.

  12. The Commish says: Jan 18, 2012 12:54 PM

    Can’t imagine too much disagreement on this one.

  13. jicjak says: Jan 18, 2012 1:00 PM

    Reed is very very good but a bit past his prime. Brady is arguably the best QB in NFL history. Look for ring #4 this year.

  14. sizzle55salad says: Jan 18, 2012 1:00 PM

    Reed will be at least 50% of the reason why the Patriots lose on sunday

  15. wigsplitta says: Jan 18, 2012 1:01 PM

    Too bad Ed Reed doesn’t play cornerback, linebacker, quarterback, and defensive end. Then the Ravens might have a shot on Sunday. FLACCO IS GARBAGE and he will blow this game for you Ravens fans. The only way you win is if Rice runs for 250+ with 4 TDs.

  16. nflfollower says: Jan 18, 2012 1:04 PM

    Watching games and highlights this guy covers sick ground, there’s no doubt. His instincts always seem to be right….

  17. mistersmith22 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:04 PM

    Reed is the greatest free safety of all time — it doesn’t take a Belichick to see that!

    Here’s hoping his body can maintain for a few more years, so he keeps the will to play…but if not, we couldn’t have asked for more.

  18. lolb23 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:06 PM

    Ravens 1-6 vs. Brady, Hoodie and Pats. Nuff said

  19. profootballwalk says: Jan 18, 2012 1:08 PM

    Belichick also loved Ochocinco.

  20. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 18, 2012 1:08 PM

    QuothTheRaven says:
    Jan 18, 2012 12:47 PM
    Hey Boston fans what do you think is going to suck more, Baltimore ending your baseball season, or Baltimore ending your football season?

    The Ravens ain’t the Broncos.

    ————————
    And Tom Brady aint TJ Yates buddy

  21. 8man says: Jan 18, 2012 1:08 PM

    QuothTheRaven says:
    Jan 18, 2012 12:47 PM
    Hey Boston fans what do you think is going to suck more, Baltimore ending your baseball season, or Baltimore ending your football season?

    The Ravens ain’t the Broncos.
    ————————————————–
    That’s cute. I was at that game. And even during it, when the Sox were leading, I asked myself who are these guys going to beat? Detroit? Texas? The Yankees. No. So, since the Patriots have a legitimate shot to win it all, the answer to your question would be, “your football season.”

    But…Brady ain’t TJ Yates and the game ain’t in B-more.

    Incidentally, I was at the Texans game on Sunday, in section 136, and if you think for a skinny minute Flacco can play like that again and win, you are kidding yourself.

  22. bigblaw says: Jan 18, 2012 1:11 PM

    Ed is Great but his tackle #’s are half of say Polamalu

  23. pastabelly says: Jan 18, 2012 1:12 PM

    This isn’t 2009. Reed is still a great player. But he is not the player he was then. I agree he was the best.

  24. ravenfan820 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:13 PM

    I notice that Pats fans keep bringning up Flacco and the reason they will beat the Ravens Sunday.

    Who was the Ravens QB when the Ravens knocked you out of the playoffs a couple of years ago at home?

    The same Joe Flacco……do not beleive all the crap you hear about Flacco. He has beaten some very good defenses this year including the Steelers, 49ers, and Texans.

    He plays within the Ravens system and just wins. Continue to think of him as a weak link at your own peril!

  25. nejerseygirl says: Jan 18, 2012 1:16 PM

    QuothTheRaven says:
    Jan 18, 2012 12:47 PM
    Hey Boston fans what do you think is going to suck more, Baltimore ending your baseball season, or Baltimore ending your football season?

    The Ravens ain’t the Broncos.
    ____________

    Baltimore didn’t end Boston’s baseball season. Boston did.

  26. medtxpack says: Jan 18, 2012 1:16 PM

    Joe Flacco aint even mad.

  27. southpaw2k says: Jan 18, 2012 1:17 PM

    wigsplitta says:
    Jan 18, 2012 1:01 PM
    Too bad Ed Reed doesn’t play cornerback, linebacker, quarterback, and defensive end. Then the Ravens might have a shot on Sunday. FLACCO IS GARBAGE and he will blow this game for you Ravens fans. The only way you win is if Rice runs for 250+ with 4 TDs.

    ———————————————-

    Right, because it’s not like the Ravens have Ladarius Webb at CB, Ray Lewis at LB, Suggs at DE, Ngata at DT, or Flacco at QB. Yeah, the Ravens are a two-man team between Reed and Rice.

    Reed and Lewis enter the Hall of Fame together in five years after the Ravens win the Super Bowl. And I will raise hell to make sure I’m there to witness it.

  28. ballboy48 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:21 PM

    How does/did one become a Ravens fan in the first place? I mean Baltimore lost their team to Indy and then gladly accepted one of the better franchises in the NFL, in Cleveland? Isn’t that quite hypocritical? Were you all bandwagon fans?

  29. chocolatebaconbutter says: Jan 18, 2012 1:22 PM

    Very high praise. High praise for a great player from a great coach. Refreshing. If the stupid Jets were here all we’d hear is trash talk.

  30. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 18, 2012 1:22 PM

    All this pre-game talk simply doesn’t matter.

    You think Ed Reed is going to try less hard because he has the respect of BB and TB? Come on. This pregame lovefest means nothing. I am sure they do respect Ed. I think all football people do. And I know the Ravens respect BB and TB. Even Suggs, who hates TB; I know ‘sizzle respects him. But it all means nothing. Each one of these people wants to tear the heart out of their opponent. So don’t be fooled by respect. Preparation and execution are really all that matters now.

    The Patriots are the model of a team that gives no pre-game sound bites. None. Nothing as bulletin board material. I have to say, I like that approach. Let the final score do your talking.

    As a Ravens fan, I hope the final score says good things about us. We’ll see.

  31. tomtravis76 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:26 PM

    Keep thinking Flacco is “garbage”. This garbage is playing in his 2nd AFC championship game in his 4th season. I understand Tom Brady has set the bar very high for all QB’s playing the game, but Brady is considered top 3-5 QB’s to ever play the game.

    I’ll take Flacco as the QB anyday, just get rid of Cam Cameron in the off season no matter what happens Feb 5th. You need to watch more than a playoff game, a loss to the Jags on Monday and read profootballtalk posters to have an accurate opinion of Joe Flacco as a QB.

    Joe just needs a few pictures snapped of him leaving church and all opinions will change. It will become he is a young QB who has accomplished alot in 4 years, he has a rocket arm, he is working on his pocket presence, he is limiting his mistakes, his receivers are dropping balls, and if his line can block for him Joe would be top 5 QB in league.

    Play the game and see what happens. Joe is one of 4 QB’s left playing this year, much rather have that then talking about next season.

  32. Move Them Chains says: Jan 18, 2012 1:28 PM

    For those thinking the Ravens will lose because of Flacco. Take a look at his numbers the last time he played New England in the playoffs…

    J. Flacco
    4-10
    34 YDS
    0 TDS

    Final score: Baltimore 33, New England 14

    The Ravens don’t need Flacco to be Tom Brady, they need him to secure the ball and hand it off to #27. This feels eerily similar to 2009 when no one was giving the Ravens a chance.

    Ravens – 28
    Pats – 20

  33. timmyonfleet says: Jan 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    Ravens 1-1 vs Pats last 2 years. combined score total is Ravens 53 pats 37. 2011 Ravens are 7-1 vs teams over .500. 2011 pats are 0-2 vs similar teams.

  34. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 18, 2012 1:39 PM

    Flacco is awful. Like Mark Sanchez awful. His own teammates hate him and have no confidence in him. What does that tell you?

  35. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:40 PM

    Hey Ravens Fans!!!

    2 numbers – 1 & 6!!! That’s your record against the Pats.

    4 names – Welker, Wilfork, Hernandez & Gronk.

    Oh, and keep talking about how the Pats only beat weak teams during the regular season while your road record was 4 & 4 against the absolute worst.

    This is not the same team you beat in the 2009 playoffs. So while you try to excuse those poor performances of the Ravens during the 2011 regular season you’re still holding on to 1 win from 2 years ago!!!

  36. j0esixpack says: Jan 18, 2012 1:40 PM

    Odd that the Patriots never trash talk or guarantee victory… All of that seems to make the fans of other teams hate them more.

    The question of the day is whether the Baltimore D will be able to stop Brady, Gronk, Welker, Hernandez and company from racking up more points than Flacco can score.

    In 2009 the Baltimore D was better and Brady’s knee still wasn’t at full strength, nor did he have two pro bowl TEs.

    It’s still not an easy game but the prospects of the Pats winning this year are much better than in 2009.

  37. all4patriots says: Jan 18, 2012 1:44 PM

    All this talk about the playoff game 2 years ago ignores the fact that in 9 years that one game is the one and only time that the Ravens have beaten the Patriots.

    6-1 Patriots, including a win last season.

    Also the Patriots will have 17 different starters on O and D than they did in that playoff game, with only Light, Mankins, Brady, Wilfork, and Mayo starting in both games, so it’s hard to argue that what the Ravens were able to do then is particularly relevant now, with

    5 new people in the front 7,
    a new secondary,
    new receivers (plus Wes back- was out in 2009), the best tight end tandem in NFL history,
    3 of 5 O-linemen replaced,
    and Brady being Brady

  38. bshuclassof2012 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:52 PM

    As a Ravens fan, all this talk of 2009 is getting really, really old. I have no clue why a game 2 years ago hold any weight to the game that is going to be played on Sunday. The Ravens have a lot to worry about on defense (12, 87, 81, 83, 84), but you’d be foolish to think the Patriots are going to roll. It’s going to be a close game. Being overlooked only adds fuel to the Ravens fire. Tough to win on the road, but if Ray Rice can keep 12 off the field, its possible.

  39. geniusesq says: Jan 18, 2012 1:53 PM

    Joe Flacco thinks Ed Reed gets too much attention.

  40. wikidpissah says: Jan 18, 2012 1:54 PM

    QuothTheRaven says: Jan 18, 2012 12:47 PM

    Hey Boston fans what do you think is going to suck more, Baltimore ending your baseball season, or Baltimore ending your football season?

    The Ravens ain’t the Broncos.

    ==================================
    What would suck most is being a fan of a baseball team that’s so bad that you have to celebrate ending someone else’s season on your way to another last place finish.

    That and seeing your football record against the Pats go to 1-7.

  41. ihatetheeffingjets says: Jan 18, 2012 1:54 PM

    timmyonfleet says:
    Jan 18, 2012 1:31 PM
    Ravens 1-1 vs Pats last 2 years. combined score total is Ravens 53 pats 37. 2011 Ravens are 7-1 vs teams over .500. 2011 pats are 0-2 vs similar teams.

    ————————–
    What’s the Ravens’ record against lousy teams? You didn’t mention that. It must be equally impressive, right?

    p.s. Pats record was actually 7-2 over teams .500 or better, but if that 9th win means so much to you, have at it.

  42. godofwine330 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:55 PM

    Been an Ed Reed fan for many years. As the ‘soon to be unemployed’ Bart Scott would say, “Can’t wait!” This is going to be a good game. Maybe not high scoring, but a good competitive battle between two of the best in the business on their perspective sides of the ball (Patriots offense vs. Ravens defense).

  43. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 18, 2012 2:04 PM

    Ed Reed is surely a Fantastic player. But the best ever? Come on, folks…..Darrell Green was faster at 40 years old than Ed Reed at 25. Deion had better make-up speed when he had to change direction. And none of them was better than Ronnie Lott…..

  44. roberts09 says: Jan 18, 2012 2:05 PM

    No trash talking on national tv, no sugar coating how bad his teams qb is, no dumb dances when he is introduced or makes a great play. Ed Reed is one of the best defensive players I have ever seen. He does all his talking with his play, the way it should be. As a bengals fan when I hear about the ravens I don’t think of ray lewis or terrell suggs, I think of ed reed. What a great and classy football player.

  45. realitypolice says: Jan 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    This is stunning.

    Who would think a coach would praise his opposition in the days leading up to a big game?

    I don’t think that’s ever happened before!

    Oh, yeah, that’s right. Belichick does it every single week.

    To hear him talk last week you would have thought the Denver Broncos were an unbeatable juggernaut.

  46. pone27 says: Jan 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    Baltimore fans, STOP bringing up Flacco. Even your boy Reed is hating on him, and Flacco will do nothing about it.

    And as far as Belichick praising Reed, people are acting like we weren’t expecting to hear BB say something among those lines.

    Ravens have to pray Rice runs like a mad man, or they will lose. And nobody fears Ed Reed, but they sure do fear his beard.

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2012 2:11 PM

    bigblaw says:
    Jan 18, 2012 1:11 PM
    Ed is Great but his tackle #’s are half of say Polamalu

    ———-
    Ed is a free, Mr. Overrated is a SS. He’s in the box more. Naturally he will have more tackles supporting the run. Dolt.

  48. robzar says: Jan 18, 2012 2:12 PM

    My brain tells me the Pats win by 10, but my heart tells me The Pats lay a vicious beating on Suggsly and company.

    Raven’s fans want to keep pointing to the game 2 freaking years ago as the reason that they will win again this time around. only one problem with that logic (actually 3 problems).

    1) Welker
    2) Gronkowski
    3) Hernandez

    None of whom played in that last game.

  49. CKL says: Jan 18, 2012 2:16 PM

    Move Them Chains says:
    Jan 18, 2012 1:28 PM
    For those thinking the Ravens will lose because of Flacco. Take a look at his numbers the last time he played New England in the playoffs…

    J. Flacco
    4-10
    34 YDS
    0 TDS

    Final score: Baltimore 33, New England 14

    The Ravens don’t need Flacco to be Tom Brady, they need him to secure the ball and hand it off to #27. This feels eerily similar to 2009 when no one was giving the Ravens a chance.

    Ravens – 28
    Pats – 20
    _________________________________
    Well let me tell you I AM surprised the Pats got blown out that year but I am not surprised they lost. That was a team that had 0 business even making the playoffs.

    That game means as much to Sunday as the last time the Pats played your squad, which was a win. IMO Flacco won’t be able to have a statline like the 09 divisionals this time and come out with the W.

  50. roberts09 says: Jan 18, 2012 2:17 PM

    I just don’t think the ravens offense can match the patriots offense. Reed can’t cover everybody. The texans handed the ravens the win last week, I know a win is a win. The pats have two great tightends and it is the only offense that doesn’t need the run to set up the pass. As far as the game in 2009, well it is what it was..it was 2009. The ravens have gotten older and the pats have gotten younger…will be a good game though…Pats 35 Ravens 23

  51. crazycane says: Jan 18, 2012 2:19 PM

    Being in Miami I don’t have Fox at the moment so I won’t catch the NFCCG.

    Thank GOD I catch this one. IMO, this is the better one of the two.

  52. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 18, 2012 3:13 PM

    Some minor NE additions to this calculation:
    Gronkowski, Hernandez, Welker.

    “The Ravens ain’t the Broncos.”
    And Brady its not TJ Yates.

    “Keep thinking Flacco is “garbage”. This garbage is playing in his 2nd AFC championship game in his 4th season.”

    So, he will be 0 for 3?
    Everyone knows the D carries the Blackbirds. Flacco is barely average. Now his little psyche in his little brain is damaged, and everyone is chattering about who said what, his suckage openly discussed.

    Ed knows, that is why he is calling for Joey to show up
    for once.
    Everyone knows.

    BTW, Brady (who is not TJ Yates) won his 3rd Super Bowl in his fourth year.

  53. raiders757 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:18 PM

    Who’s the president of the “It’s time Belichick retires and the Patriots just need to go away” club, and how do I join?

  54. nejerseygirl says: Jan 18, 2012 3:31 PM

    ravenfan820 says:
    Jan 18, 2012 1:13 PM
    I notice that Pats fans keep bringning up Flacco and the reason they will beat the Ravens Sunday.

    Who was the Ravens QB when the Ravens knocked you out of the playoffs a couple of years ago at home?

    The same Joe Flacco……do not beleive all the crap you hear about Flacco. He has beaten some very good defenses this year including the Steelers, 49ers, and Texans.

    He plays within the Ravens system and just wins. Continue to think of him as a weak link at your own peril!
    _____________

    The reason they bring up Flacco is the same reason that Ravens fans keep bringing up reasons why the Pats will lose. That’s what analyzing and predicting games is all about.

    And I find it interesting that you basically say Flacco isn’t the reason they’ll lose, but then say in the same breath that Flacco beat the Pats 2 years ago and has beaten some great teams this year. So.. Flacco wins games for the team, but he doesn’t lose them? Hm…

    Anyway, the fact is, even the Pats weren’t confident going into the game 2 years ago, and losing Welker was a huge blow to their confidence. This season, however, Gronk and Hernandez are playing like their lives depend on the outcome of each game, and Brady has a fierceness I don’t think we’ve seen in a long time. He really wants a win.

    That’s not to say that they’ll definitely win, but it’s a different team than 2009… just like the Ravens are different. Do I think Flacco needs to put up better numbers than he did 2 years ago in order to assist in winning this game? Definitely. Do I think he needs to put up Brady-like numbers? Probably not.

    I think it all comes down to the O-line for the Pats. If the O-line is on fire, the Ravens could be in trouble.

  55. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:54 PM

    If Belichick could…he’d probably want to sign Reed when he finally tries to hang up the cleats…for one day. BB loves that guy like no one else. Complete man-crush.

    I can’t wait for this game…it’s going to be a grind. I can think of 12 reasons each team can win it… Gotta love it.

  56. grogansheroes says: Jan 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    The two keys to this game are the Pats controlling Ngata. The weak point of the Oline is center, and Brady has trouble with pressure up the middle. The other key is to hit Flacco early and give him the Drew Bledsoe happy feet.

  57. skinsfantom says: Jan 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    I THINK the ravens D will lay the wood this week, we’ll see. gonna be a great game.

  58. johntonioholmes says: Jan 18, 2012 5:10 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    What, a FS can’t get a lot of tackles? Ryan Clark led his team in tackles this year and he’s a FS. The Steelers also allowed the fewest plays of 40+ yards during the regular season, which means he was the most effective last line of defense in the league.

    Of course, he’s a FS and according to you, they don’t ever play in the box. So how is it that he led his team in tackles? Especially considering that, as a FS, he was also the last line of defense and was the most effective in the league at preventing big plays.

    Granted that it’s stupid to compare positions like bigblaw did, but your reasoning doesn’t hold up to snuff.

    In fact, it suggests that Reed is Mr. Overrated because he doesn’t get as many tackles as Polamalu and he’s less effective as a FS at preventing big plays.

    Now keep in mind, that’s what YOUR logic suggests. I personally think Reed is a great player, who sometimes gets too much credit because he’s been known to jump routes and give up big plays–much like that guy whom you refer to as “Mr. Overrated.”

  59. QuothTheRaven says: Jan 18, 2012 5:35 PM

    @wikidpissah

    It wasn’t so much that Baltimore was celebrating the Orioles beating the Red Sox as much as it was Baltimore celebrating the misery of the Red Sox loud mouth, annoying fans. And once the Ravens win this Sunday, their record against the Patriots will be 2-0.

  60. koenig61 says: Jan 18, 2012 8:12 PM

    why do people insist on comparing Troy and Ed? They are asked to do two very different things by their defensive co-ordinators. Troy is asked to rush the QB, fill the box, and make more tackles than most Safetys.

    Ed is asked by his team to roam around and play center field and pick off passes. Hell they dont even play the same position. One is a strong safety the other is a free safety.

    Face it they are both extremely good at what they are asked to do. And for any idiot to say the one is better than the other, or the other one isnt as great, tells me you dont know jack about football.

  61. bigblaw says: Jan 18, 2012 11:47 PM

    @johntonio. That’s what I wanted to say in alot less typing @ work well done. And I’m not dumb. Lazy. Not dumb

  62. mox19380 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:05 AM

    I saw the end of Ronnie Lott’s career (very end) so in my opinion there is no better safety (in at least the past 20 years) than Ed Reed. An intelligent, ball hawk with speed to match most receivers… whatever lab UofMiami created him in better patent the recipe

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