Rex Ryan on Ed Reed: This had nothing to do with sentiment

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Jets coach Rex Ryan admitted on Wednesday that he was interested in adding safety Ed Reed to the team when he heard Reed was released by the Texans, but said Thursday that it was just a “rumor” that he pulled a hamstring running to General Manager John Idzik’s office to talk about bringing Reed on board.

When Ryan did get to Idzik, he says he learned the G.M. was already considering a move for the veteran safety. Ryan insists that he didn’t have to convince Idzik to make the move for a player that Ryan coached in Baltimore and insists isn’t in New York for anything other than football reasons.

“This had nothing to do with sentiment. We believe it will be a great signing for us and he’s going to help this football team,” Ryan said, via Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press.

Ryan said he thought it was a “false statement” to say that Reed can’t play anymore and said that sometimes you find “better fits in other places” when asked why things didn’t go well in Houston. That won’t push Reed into an immediate starting role, but Ryan said that Reed will play and indicated that he’d start playing against the Bills this weekend.

While those who watched him in Houston may disagree with Ryan’s upbeat assessment, there’s not much risk to the Jets by bringing Reed aboard at this point. Dawan Landry and Antonio Allen are still around, so the team’s downside is the status quo if things don’t work out as Ryan hopes.

45 responses to “Rex Ryan on Ed Reed: This had nothing to do with sentiment

  1. Well as long as they are on the same page with each other, then maybe it can work out.

    It didn’t work out in Houston because they lost too many games. That’s not going to work out no matter what good intentions the team or the player has. Losing is a trump card to guarantee headaches. I wouldn’t be surprised if Reed felt like he was duped by the deal with the Texans if they represented their team to be better than they are. Reed could take that the wrong way and HIS way and just choose to not be motivated. He made one untimely comment and how his team has 3 more wins than they did before the comment. Doesn’t sound like he’s too old to play the game to me. I mean the business. Or whatever it is to Ed.

  2. The Jets picked up Reed to keep the patriots from getting him. Rex is consumed by thoughts of Belichick.

  3. @tigerlilac says:Nov 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    “The Jets picked up Reed to keep the patriots from getting him. Rex is consumed by thoughts of Belichick.”

    If the Pats wanted him, they would have claimed him off waivers. Perhaps you’re the one comsumed by thoughts of Belichick?

  4. scoops1 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:57 PM

    seems like weeks ago that Giants fans were excited about getting Brandon Jacobs….
    ————–

    And he played very well, and will be back Sunday. Are you obsessed with the Giants that you mention them HERE?

  5. l am a Bronco fan, and just last year, I said Reed was arguably the best safety of all time. But he has been a real disappointment this year, and I’m not saying its his fault, its just time to call it a career for him I think. I’m not trying to be insulting to him, father time waits for noone. Anyway, best of luck to him, and this is one of those times where I wouldn’t mind if I were wrong…

  6. Has he lost a step… probably. Can he still contribute schemed in properly… probably. For all you unimaginative types you have to look at it from the standpoint of the cohesiveness of the whole 2ndary unit. Jets staff has done a great job with this overachieving group. Looking forward to Reed fitting in & proving all ya haters wrong…

  7. Look, even if Ed Reed never sees the field, I’m ok with the Jets paying him to give Allen/Jarrett/Bush lessons for 7 games. The secondary is could be stronger. When he plays, he’ll play more zone in dime coverages as a 3rd safety, and I’m more than OK with Ed Reed being our 3rd safety. It’s a smart move.

  8. I dont want to see an “Ed Reed” Jets jersey going on sale ANYWHERE!! Consider this a 6-7 game contract Jets’ fans…and for Ed’s sake, I hope this works out bc he’s a HoF’er that deserves to be on someones roster. Hoped Philly would have made a push for him but Oh Well

  9. love all the armchair scouts chiming in. yeah, you guys know better than rex whether or not he can utilize a defensive player.

  10. Great pick up by the Jets, but knowing how Blickchick works he will probably say he was not interested.

  11. sentiment can sometimes get in the way. I can remember when Jimmy Johnson had a chance to get Alonzo highsmith from Houston ….after he was worn out there……Highsmith had played for jimmy with the hurricanes……one of the few bad moves jimmy made while with the cowboys…gave the oilers a 2nd Rd pick for Highsmith… Oilers got the best of that deal….Highsmith didn’t last long with the Cowboys…

  12. If Ryan thought Reed couldn’t play anymore, he wouldn’t worry about him going to NE. I haven’t seen Houston other than highlights, but they lead the league in least yrds and least passing yrds given up. They’ve given up a lot of points, and I’m guessing the Houston offensive ineptitude put them in bad spots or they were bad in the red zone. Still, even though Reed was relegeted to dime coverage, I didn’t see any balls being thrown over his head. He kind of shot his way out of town with his comments and the Texas may have just decided to cut their losses in a bad yr. Was lukewarm about him coming to the Pats, but he can prob help the jets at a position of need in a defense he knows. For a million bucks, what the hell. It may make a diff in the logjam for the last playoff spot.

  13. If anybody knows how to use him its Ryan. He actually played his best under him so this is a no brainer. Houston just didn’t know how to use him. Besides they sucked without him.

  14. Ed Reed will be in the hall of fame probably as soon as he is eligible and deservedly so, but the best safeties I’ve ever seen are Ronnie Lott and Troy Polamalu by far.

    This is a good move for the Jets, they are not bringing him in to be a starter. He will likely be out there in obvious passing situations to read the quarterback and go for the ball. Josh Cribbs is not the player he used to be but he has been a good contributor in a limited role for the Jets and Ed Reed can do the same if he is healthy.

  15. I have been a Ravens season ticket holder since they arrived here in 1996, and I have never missed a game. To say I got to see the greatest safety in NFL history puts a smile on my face. He blocked punts, returned kicks, caused fumbles, intercepted passes and inspired fear in opposing QBs. But that player has not been around for the past 2 1/2 years and it is a shame he did not walk away after we won the superbowl. Believe me he is an ICON in Baltimore and Ozzie would not have let him go if he had anything left in the tank.

  16. You all think he was signed to help the defense. Au contraire – during practices he will help teach the skill players how to hurdle defenders.

  17. @55ballsohard55
    I have been a Ravens season ticket holder since they arrived here in 1996, and I have never missed a game. To say I got to see the greatest safety in NFL history puts a smile on my face. He blocked punts, returned kicks, caused fumbles, intercepted passes and inspired fear in opposing QBs. But that player has not been around for the past 2 1/2 years and it is a shame he did not walk away after we won the superbowl. Believe me he is an ICON in Baltimore and Ozzie would not have let him go if he had anything left in the tank.

    ++++++++++++

    Is that why Flacco has no primary receivers to throw to now??

  18. Bill B. always admired Reeds playing skills,but if he really wanted him he would have gone after him when the Ravens cut him. I think besides being a whiner, Ed brings nothing good to the locker room these days.

  19. Whether it be Pat fans or any other disgruntled uninformed stupid fans of the other teams in this league..the reason they took him was two fold..

    his mere presence on the field at certain times just because of his intelligence will HAVE to make other teams take notice and question what they are doing

    second..the Jets have a younger duo of safeties in Bush and Allen who will greatly learn from the master himself in certain situation..for (AND THIS IS THE KEY POINT BOYS AND GIRLS) them to learn in a situation and system which Reed grew up with Rex and Thurman….thrived on and became a Hall of fame plyer on…..he is a coach and player…

    In his limited role he is more valuable now than he would be to any other team in the NFL

    END OF LESSON

  20. to “brownsclown”…to try and make a joke about Ed Reed’s dead brother is one of the sickest things I’ve ever seen here. You made me sick in the stomach to think there are people around like you. Any sympathies I’ve had for Cleveland have been destroyed thanks to you.

    Now I know what the old Bengals coach meant when he said…”were you born in Cleveland?” when Cincinnati fans were being obnoxious.
    It must be a horrific place with horrible people!

  21. after reading a few posts, I think I learned something. His presence will benefit the Jets’ young safeties, thus making this a smart move indeed. I stand corrected in thinking it was a dumb move.

  22. Using roster spots on part time players that can’t play special teams is generally a mistake. I don;t think he’ll be apt to help the players playing in front of him either. Besides, what he does is instinctive. If it could be taught they’d all be doing it. He went to the Jets because he’s familiar with the D and for money. Is he too lazy to learn another defense? Is that what happened in Houston? Is he not capable of working in another defense? Does he need a front line putting pressure on the QB in order to perform? Probably, because he likely can’t cover well for very long. With the Jets tackles collapsing pockets and QB’s throwing the ball up for grabs, that’s a good fit for Reed. Just don’t ask him to tackle anyone.

    NE was probably just driving up the price. Reed stole 5 mil from the Texans this year. He wasn’t claimed on waivers because nobody wanted his contract.

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