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Ed Reed thinks the Texans were out-coached by the Cardinals

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Ed Reed doesn’t sound pleased with the Texans’ coaching staff right now.

Reed, who said last week that he wasn’t happy with his declining playing time, said after Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals that he thought the Texans were too predictable, and, “Certain situations, we just got out-played and out-coached.”

“I’m just doing what I’m told for the most part,” Reed told ESPN.com. “At the same time, I know a lot of football. I know a lot about football. I know a lot about this game. I’m not just watching it blind. The stuff I do know, I can’t say to you guys because it is a team sport and I do look at it from a coaching perspective as well. There’s lots of soul searching, top to bottom, that needs to be done as coaches and as players.”

During one stretch of Sunday’s game, the Texans’ offense had five consecutive drives that totaled 10 yards. Reed indicated that it’s hard to play defense when the offense can’t sustain long drives.

“If you’re watching the game, it’s not no-brainers,” Reed said. “Certain situations we have to get off the field. We need three-and-out. You have to also come out as an offense and move the ball. We can’t go three-and-out and put your defense on the field that quick. That drive that they had, I’m looking at it like guys are a little fatigued because I know if you don’t control the ball as much, offensively and defensively, you’re going to get fatigued. They’re going to get plays. Eventually, they’re going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things.”

The Texans are currently being led by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips while head coach Gary Kubiak recuperates after collapsing on the field last week, but Reed’s “out-coached” comment didn’t seem to be a shot at Phillips, or at any coach in particular. Reed’s comments seem more about a general unhappiness that things aren’t going well in his first year in Houston. He sounds like a man who wishes he were back in Baltimore.

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  1. cakemixa says: Nov 11, 2013 7:54 AM

    I think Ed Reed is stealing money!

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 11, 2013 7:55 AM

    With Wade Phillips looking after things, you were out coached.

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 11, 2013 7:59 AM

    What a brutal signing that was.

    Any decent fan of an AFC North team knew that this was a disaster waiting to happen — the Texans paid big $$$ to get an old, opinionated, injury-prone graybeard. And many of Reed’s injuries were the kind that can’t really be restored back to normal – they can only be managed injuries (most notably his neck issues).

    Reed is barely running on fumes now, is almost completely ineffective – and now he’s going toxic on the team.

    At least Reed managed to fleece a team for one last monster payday. Great news for Reed — not so great for Texan Nation.

  4. eagleswin says: Nov 11, 2013 8:01 AM

    Ed Reed is probably the biggest free agent bust of the year. I guess if you can’t play well enough to keep your job it’s the coach’s fault, right?

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 11, 2013 8:02 AM

    Carson Palmer DESTROYED the Houston Texans.

  6. whentheleveonbreaks says: Nov 11, 2013 8:05 AM

    Have a glass of whine with your #sourgrapes, Ed.

  7. ravensrooster94 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:06 AM

    Hate to say this, Houston, but….Told ya. We’ll keep James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam, thank you.

  8. greymares says: Nov 11, 2013 8:07 AM

    Reed won’t agree with any coaching staff that isn’t in favor of DIRTY play.

  9. commonsensedude says: Nov 11, 2013 8:12 AM

    You were out-franchised.

  10. bh83 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:13 AM

    Wade Phillips looks so lost and confused, like an old man trying to navigate through a supermarket. He rarely looks to be talking on the sideline and instead seems to be looking off at the bright lights and people in the stands.

  11. arwiv says: Nov 11, 2013 8:13 AM

    The Texans are a sad excuse for a team this year. Its sad, because Kubiak seems like a good guy, but its time to make a change there. To think that this team was one of the preseason favorites this year…..its been a crazy NFL season so far.

  12. vdub6146 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:16 AM

    here we go!!! get benched…..start running your mouth!!

  13. Bmorelikeray52 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:18 AM

    Reed should’ve retired after the SB. I think he would’ve if only the Texans weren’t dumb enough to offer him a 15 million dollar contract.

  14. jamaltimore says: Nov 11, 2013 8:24 AM

    Ed

    Please don’t act like you now suddenly care about winning games. The money is great so just sit back and enjoy. If you really cared about winning you would have took less money to stay in Baltimore and make another run at a title.

    Not hating just wishing you would have made the wise move and stayed with the Ravens.

  15. Canyonero says: Nov 11, 2013 8:26 AM

    Translation: I’m still a great player it’s the team that sucks.

    That’s the classy Ed Reed we remember from the Ravens..

  16. steelerben says: Nov 11, 2013 8:26 AM

    Sour grapes from an aging veteran that is not playing up to his reputation? That’s unheard of.

    Maybe if his knowledge of the game is more valuable than his ability to play it he should consider taking off the pads and picking up a headset… He obviously thinks he could do a better job.

  17. danielsan101 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:27 AM

    Sounds like the Texans have real trouble in the locker room. It might not just be Ed, but releasing him might not be a bad idea. One bad apple…

  18. bleedgreen says: Nov 11, 2013 8:27 AM

    Guess the Ravens were right in saying you were asking far too much money for too little production and that you were a headache in the locker room, Ed.

  19. couchbasher says: Nov 11, 2013 8:28 AM

    shut up, do your job and cash your pay check…

  20. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 11, 2013 8:29 AM

    What a brutal signing that was.

    Any decent fan of an AFC North team knew that this was a disaster waiting to happen — the Texans paid big $$$ to get an old, opinionated, injury-prone graybeard. And many of Reed’s injuries were the kind that can’t really be restored back to normal – they can only be managed injuries (most notably his neck issues).

    Reed is barely running on fumes now, is almost completely ineffective – and now he’s going toxic on the team.

    At least Reed managed to fleece a team for one last monster payday. Great news for Reed — not so great for Texan Nation.

  21. unclemosesgreen says: Nov 11, 2013 8:34 AM

    I don’t see how this comment can be taken as anything but a shot at Wade Phillips. Not that he doesn’t deserve it.

  22. dualprime says: Nov 11, 2013 8:35 AM

    If they keep letting Keenum take a beating he’ll end up like David Carr. That’s coaching/play calling!

  23. lenbias34pt says: Nov 11, 2013 8:45 AM

    Ed is not as smart as he thinks but he is smart enough to know this will get him released in time for a playoff run with the Ravens……………………….if they want him back.

    Unfortunately Ed does not play OL, so i’m not sure how much he will help.

  24. bengalskuta82 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:46 AM

    Well in Baltimore his offense didn’t sustain long drives most of the time.
    Ed Reed should be used to this whole thing about defense carrying a team. Have you guys ever heard about the “the Ravens high-powered offense? Nah!
    I agree with some of the last paragraph that says he’s just not happy in general because his first year hasn’t been good in Houston.

  25. fasbss53 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:46 AM

    Pat Fans!
    Aren’t you glad The Pats did not go after Coach Reed! He would be a problem with his mouth!
    Players play, Coaches coach!

  26. billybarrule says: Nov 11, 2013 8:48 AM

    What a horrible signing by the Texans. Now, to make matters worse, he is a malcontent.

    Call it quits Ed. You had a great career. Go out with dignity.

  27. fasbss53 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:52 AM

    I did not hear Reed’s name call that often last night!
    An impact player in the wrong sense of the word!

  28. bmoreravens1012013 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:01 AM

    In Baltimore it was ” Ed being Ed” . its amazing to witness how he’s just another guy now , due to lack of stats I guess, but he is not used to losing so trust me , this is only the beginning. He’s a 1st ballot hof and he has his money that Houston was dumb enough to pay him. Treat him like just another player and he won’t have a filter with the media. Wait for it ……….Houston we have a problem….

  29. mimaiheatdynasty says: Nov 11, 2013 9:12 AM

    Ed is right.

  30. stevenwilliams2013 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:14 AM

    Time to retire Ed.

  31. tmac4454 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:31 AM

    Ed, I love you man!!! Stay out of media…Cash that paycheck and go back to BMore or Miami and get into coaching. Your best years is behind you in Htown.

  32. pftfan says: Nov 11, 2013 9:32 AM

    ravensrooster94 says: Nov 11, 2013 8:06 AM

    Hate to say this, Houston, but….Told ya. We’ll keep James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam, thank you.

    ———————————–

    LOL. Ihedigbo almost cost the Ravens the game yesterday with his foolish “volleyball set” to AJ Green on the Hail Mary.

    If the Bengals didn’t bungle the OT, Ihedigbo would be a bigger goat than Ed Reed!

  33. twayward says: Nov 11, 2013 9:35 AM

    ed reed is one of the 50 greatest players in nfl history. ed reed is a very, very smart football player. ed reed’s comments may be 100% accurate.

    but when your head coach is sidelined with a mini-stroke (if any stroke is “mini”), is it really the best time for “out-coached” remarks?

  34. truths4all says: Nov 11, 2013 9:36 AM

    What was Carson Palmer’s record last year after 9 games with the Raiders? It certainly was not 5-4.

    It looks like the Raiders are doomed to be the doormat in the AFC West, AGAIN!!!

    No much for Raider Nation being a force or its team being a real NFL team.

  35. 2qswing says: Nov 11, 2013 9:37 AM

    Right or not. Keep your yap shut Ed. You are not a team leader, you are a parasite who is stealing money. You think you are the first defensive player to be frustrated by his teams offense? This isn’t leadership, this is a cheap shot. Your coach collapsed on the sidelines last week Ed. I know its hard for someone from the U, but try and show some class. Here’s an idea … make a tackle… make a play. You think Reed, Watt, others are not frustrated. They are not stealing a paycheck and then running to the camera. You are.

  36. 2qswing says: Nov 11, 2013 9:42 AM

    meant Brooks Reed , Watt

  37. dcapettini says: Nov 11, 2013 9:45 AM

    Just what did the Texans expect; that Reed was going to change because he wore a different uniform? In Baltimore he was always a pain in the a$$ but he was Our PITA. Now he can’t tackle and although he still knows where the ball is going, he can’t get there anymore. I’m glad that he got a big payday and hope that next season we will sign him to a 1 day contract so that he can retire a Raven.

  38. patriotinvasion says: Nov 11, 2013 9:48 AM

    Ed Reed was on the team that beat my team in the AFC Championship Game en route to winning the Super Bowl and I still love the guy. If it is the end for him soon, was a pleasure to watch the best center-field free safety to ever play.

  39. @Cereal_22 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:51 AM

    pftfan says: Nov 11, 2013 9:32 AM

    LOL. Ihedigbo almost cost the Ravens the game yesterday with his foolish “volleyball set” to AJ Green on the Hail Mary.

    If the Bengals didn’t bungle the OT, Ihedigbo would be a bigger goat than Ed Reed!

    ———————————————-

    PFT Fan: Perhaps you missed Ihedigbo’s 2 INT’s & clutch 4th down tackle that lead to the winning drive ? He was huge for the Ravens yesterday,,,man, uninformed much ?

  40. htown1035 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:52 AM

    Wade wasn’t the issue yesterday – it was Rick Dennison and Kubiak’s offense and the lack of adjustments at halftime.

  41. Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 11, 2013 9:54 AM

    There’s a real team leader.

  42. NotoriousKDV says: Nov 11, 2013 10:01 AM

    Arian Foster is out, Ben Tate is playing with cracked ribs, they’re starting an undrafted rookie QB because Schaub and T.J. Yates were awful and oh by the way their head coach is out with health problems. Not sure what the coaches could have done about.

  43. mezanine10 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:04 AM

    What are you talking about Ed? The Texans have been gettin outcoached since their inception.

    Wade Phillips always has a look like he just walked out to the parking lot to find that his car was stolen.

  44. screwstontexans says: Nov 11, 2013 10:08 AM

    Either way Ed is right with most things in this article, our play calling is horrible and our adjustments make it worse at half because we don’t even make them.

  45. ancientcougar says: Nov 11, 2013 10:16 AM

    There was a moment in the game when someone appropriately called a timeout and Phillips looked like dazed and confused. There was no answer to the Cardinal Blitz in the 2nd half?
    Where was the “Hot Read”?

  46. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    I think Ed Reed will go down as one of the greats but at this point in his career he may as well pick up his checks in Houston with a black ski-mask.

  47. galvestontexans says: Nov 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    I think we should cut him and let a team with a chance pick him up. He is not worth the money at this point.

  48. hehateme2 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    The failure that IS the Houston Texans couldn’t happen to a better team.

    Oh wait…

  49. apkyletexas says: Nov 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    Wade should threaten to bring Hines Ward in to kick Reed’s butt.

    That would shut him up.

  50. eastofmissball says: Nov 11, 2013 10:51 AM

    Well Kub’s,,, That’s why you don’t hire friends. Your OFF COORD, Rick Dennison had no chance. He just takes up office space, You are the play caller, Dennison is only there to fill a role, be it good guy and all.

  51. mrbigass says: Nov 11, 2013 10:59 AM

    Swing and a miss with the Ed Reed signing. He whiffed on so many tackles it’s not surprising he’s riding the bench.

    The Cardinal front just overran the Texan o-line in the second half. Coaching was not the problem….

  52. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 11, 2013 11:01 AM

    Ed Reed looks older than Greg Oden.

  53. @Cereal_22 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    Good for Ed Reed & his agent for finding a sucker to give him another multi year deal…he’ll be laughing at this one with his HOF buddies down the road.

  54. cubancigar10 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    So Reed went from player to sports critic just like that?

  55. dickjagger says: Nov 11, 2013 11:52 AM

    I had wished Ed Reed would go out on top and retire a Raven. Everyone in Baltimore (and apparently every team but the Texans) knew he was done. You don’t want to see a guy who’s one of the best ever at his position go to another team and not play well (Unitas, Namath, Montana) after a HOF career but I can’t really blame the dude for taking one last payday. Years down the road, people will remember all his great years as a Raven, not his last year with the Texans.

  56. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 11, 2013 12:10 PM

    They get outcoached by most teams, Kubiak is a lousy head coach, plus he’s not even healthy to show up and do a lousy job. Get rid of him. There’s no place for lousy football minds on the sidelines.

  57. granadafan says: Nov 11, 2013 12:16 PM

    Ed Reed is the new Tiki.

  58. pft0 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:41 PM

    Next thing you know Reed will claim to have been “bullied” by the Texans coaching staff.

    smh

  59. siggtacular says: Nov 11, 2013 12:44 PM

    Nice ending to your career, Ed!!!! Thanks for the Super Bowl last year, should’ve stayed a Raven now you look like an old fool!!!! A rich fool..

  60. jtnguy39 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:44 PM

    “We are not going to over pay for Ed Reed because we need to over pay for Joe Flacco”
    – Baltimore Ravens

  61. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    The Texans GM was out coached By Ed Reed.

  62. scrp2 says: Nov 11, 2013 1:54 PM

    I think this has less to do about Houston’s Coaches and more to do about Arizona’s offense. Palmer has a history of picking apart defenses, audibling out of the blitz, and exposing weaknesses.

  63. fdugrad says: Nov 11, 2013 1:55 PM

    Well, in fairness to Houston, I imagine they think Ed is a complete BUST.

  64. lovethelions says: Nov 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    I’m a Lions fan…but Reed should shut up. Nice talk, as your head coach recovers from a mini-stroke.

    Classy guy…try to act like you’ve been there and learn from a classy player, like Watt!

  65. sdennison5 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    “eastofmissball says:
    Nov 11, 2013 10:51 AM
    Well Kub’s,,, That’s why you don’t hire friends. Your OFF COORD, Rick Dennison had no chance. He just takes up office space, You are the play caller, Dennison is only there to fill a role, be it good guy and all.”

    Sorry…do you remember our running game before Dennison can in? Because I don’t. It wasn’t anything. That is why we brought him in. Stats alone, the run game under Dennison with the Broncos and the texans has been top 10, if not top 5 every year.

    That being said, I agree that we need to be a little less predictable, and the pass rush needs to be blocked better. But that falls down to the o-line coaches as well.

  66. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 4:04 PM

    My opinion… give Ed Reed his money and tell him he’s not welcome at the facility anymore.

    He plays when he wants to, he NEVER hits, he hasn’t sniffed a ball all year, and we haven’t won a game with him in the lineup.

    One of the worst signing in Texans history, in my opinion, right up there Tony Boselli.

    We could have paid Glover Quinn the same amount of money and had a much more effective and impactful player.

    Ed Reed reminds me of Kelvin Cato. Houston sports fans will get it.

  67. gilmorelogic says: Nov 11, 2013 5:56 PM

    Hey I agree with everything. The Texans got out coached especially in the second half and Ed Reed is a has been malcontent.

  68. sfsugator says: Nov 11, 2013 7:14 PM

    and they also got outlived.

  69. rmoton says: Nov 11, 2013 10:53 PM

    Yes he probably was overpaid. Yes he has been often injured and yes he has not played up to expectation. So it was it was more than likely a bad idea for both of them … Bad idea for him because he thought it would be a championship year. Bad for the Texans cause they overpaid … Good for him because he got paid …. One if the reasons that he was signed by the Texans was because of his championship mentality and his on field coaching ability not just his playing ability!
    Now that he has an opinion Texas fans are all over him … It is amazing that none of you have written that his comments about having a predictable offense and being out coaches that were wrong … Why? Because his comments were on point, the Texans have been out coached ALL YEAR… No adjustments after halftime and a coach who could not recognize that he had a starter in Shaub, that was not capable of leading the team. A lot of us who are fans have been saying this for a while … So why are you lashing out at easy Ed? If would be different if he was not telling the truth!

  70. techieluddite says: Nov 12, 2013 10:43 AM

    8to8,
    I agree with everything you said except this,
    “Ed Reed reminds me of Kelvin Cato”
    There is a big difference. Ed Reed was once good, real good for a long time.
    Not so, Cato.

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