Ed Reed will play for his new team against his old team on Sunday when the Jets face the Ravens, and he’s offering up some opinions about the team that let him go last week, the Texans.
Specifically, Reed doesn’t seem to think highly of Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, saying that Phillips is the reason Reed is out.
“In hindsight he’s probably the reason I’m not there,” Reed said of Phillips, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
There may be some truth to that, as Reed wasn’t a good fit in Phillips’ defense. But the reality is, if Texans General Manager Rick Smith and head coach Gary Kubiak wanted Reed, he’d still be there. So if Reed is putting the blame squarely on Phillips, he’s incorrect.
Reed doesn’t think that Phillips’s defense is just a bad fit, but a bad fit for a lot of his former teammates as well.
“That defense is not a good fit for a lot of people, not just me. The truth is the truth,” Reed said. “That defense was not a good fit for a lot of people that are still there.”
Reed said he hopes he’ll get a warm welcome in his return to Baltimore on Sunday. It’s safe to say he won’t get a warm welcome if he ever returns to Houston.