There was no evidence in Houston that Ed Reed had anything left.
And in his brief stay in New York, not only has the veteran safety not helped them win, he’s been an active participant in the losing.
But Jets coach Rex Ryan was in full Tammy Wynette mode Monday, standing by Reed in the face of mounting evidence that he simply can’t play.
“He’s going to be starting unless he’s injured,” Ryan said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I think Ed gives us the best shot.”
Ryan’s obviously remembering the Reed he had as a defensive coordinator in Baltimore, because the player he’s watched recently hasn’t done anything to create that kind of loyalty.
Reed has allowed big plays the last two weeks, from a 66-yard bomb from Joe Flacco to missing a tackle on Brian Hartline’s 31-yard reception in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.
“If you look at it from a statistical standpoint, I can understand the question,” Ryan said. “We all saw him miss the tackle on Hartline’s touchdown. But Ed did his job, I don’t think there’s any doubt.”
Reed’s played 87 percent of the defensive snaps since signing with the Jets, but the fact he keeps stumbling around isn’t helping his legacy — which he tarnishes with every passing week — or the job security of his patron.