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Ed Reed blasts reporters who suggest he’s in decline

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Apparently, it takes more than a pair of working eyes to realize Ed Reed isn’t playing well.

The Jets safety hit reporters with the classic “never played the game” card, saying that their lack of understanding was the problem, not his diminished skills.

“That’s football, man,” Reed replied when asked about missed tackles, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “We in this locker room have been playing football for a long time. Nobody’s perfect out here on this football field. You guys’ jobs is to critique, be critics. That’s why you ask a controversial question—to try to be controversial and then trash people in the media. I could care less about that.

“Missed tackles happen. Nobody’s perfect. Big plays—you can’t have them. Not to win.”

The 35-year-old safety, who was cut by the Texans earlier this year, admitted he had higher expectations. But he insisted that if you didn’t watch film, you aren’t qualified to realize that losing a starting job for a 2-12 team is considered a negative in most places.

“Everything I’ve been through, I’ve been through for a reason, to learn a lot,” he said. “Even reading you guys’ blogs, listening to your comments, knowing half of y’all don’t know as much about football as you think you do, unless you come and sit in the film with us, and break the film down. You don’t even know the schematic part of it.

“You can ask the questions, but that don’t mean that you’re an expert at what we do. It’s funny to me. Reading it, I smile at it, laugh at it, but that’s your job. Some of your jobs, you tear people down, [or] try to, and tear the team down, not understand that it’s a team. You’d rather point the finger at one individual. It’s not an individual game. It’s a team sport—totally a team sport.”

Reed never seemed to have a problem with the intellect of the assembled media when he was being described as being good at playing football. But apparently, with time, our minds have grown as slow as he is on the field.

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26 Responses to “Ed Reed blasts reporters who suggest he’s in decline”
  1. meatcarroll says: Dec 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    You know, I’ve always found it odd that Ed was scapegoated for the Texans. Like, they lost a ton of games, but they had the #1 pass defense when he was there. Their problems were almost wholly due to Schaub melting down and the subsequent trainwreck, so I don’t see why everyone is blindly saying Reed did poorly there. Yes, he missed some tackles, but tackling was never his strong suit even in his prime.

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    You know, I’ve always found it odd that Ed was scapegoated for the Texans. Like, they lost a ton of games, but they had the #1 pass defense when he was there. Their problems were almost wholly due to Schaub melting down and the subsequent trainwreck, so I don’t see why everyone is blindly saying Reed did poorly there. Yes, he missed some tackles, but tackling was never his strong suit even in his prime.

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    Ed Reed just doesn’t look focused on the field..

    Maybe if he joined the Seahawks they would give him some Adderol and that would help

  4. staffordsyear says: Dec 20, 2013 3:15 PM

    Sometimes it just really hard realizing that your getting old.

  5. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 20, 2013 3:22 PM

    Tell us how you really feel about old Eddy. Good grief – did this guy take your girl once upon a time…

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 20, 2013 3:24 PM

    Ed, you need to join your boy Ray & retire already. You’re done.

  7. ravensrooster94 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:25 PM

    “Reed never seemed to have a problem with the intellect of the assembled media when he was being described as being good at playing football. But apparently, with time, our minds have grown as slow as he is on the field.”

    Darin, my man, you hit the nail on the head.

    Ed, why didn’t you retire with Ray instead of soiling your HOF legacy with this sorry type of play?

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 20, 2013 3:27 PM

    Let’s talk next year. This year is over for you.

    Unless you get cut again and sign your way into a victorious situation.

  9. marvsleezy says: Dec 20, 2013 3:29 PM

    Why dont they show football on TV from behind the QB so you can see the Safeties and WRs? You could still show a tight view when needed.

    At least show replays that way right?

    In the future a station like ESPN should have a live all 22 camera on ESPN 2 for the game, or online or something.

  10. besdayz says: Dec 20, 2013 3:32 PM

    I would be scared of making a comment to Ed Reed’s face. Then again the reporter always has the option of running away from Reed’s grasp as long as there’s an end zone behind him.

  11. randomguy9999 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    ahhhh, the old, “you haven’t played the game, so you can’t possibly know anything about it” excuse

    they forget that a lot of fans and media have watched, analyzed, and read stats for 10, 20, 30, 40 years straight and some of them know a a ton about it.

  12. rufustfireflyjr says: Dec 20, 2013 3:40 PM

    I guess the truth hurts.

  13. uberMensch() says: Dec 20, 2013 3:43 PM

    If his skills haven’t diminished, then why isn’t he in Baltimore any more, or Houston for that matter???

  14. dieselguy19 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:48 PM

    He is so right about the media and reporters. They are leaches and scum, and do nothing but cause drama and problems to earn a living. One step above telemarketers IMO. Glad he spoke his mind.

  15. conjecture101 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:48 PM

    “Reed never seemed to have a problem with the intellect of the assembled media when he was being described as being good at playing football. But apparently, with time, our minds have grown as slow as he is on the field.”

    Simple joke from a simple man. At that point in time your ignorance and foolishness was not affecting Ed’s career negatively. Never mistake that, for the ignorance and foolishness not being there.

  16. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Dec 20, 2013 3:49 PM

    Reed hasn’t tried to truly tackle a player going back to the season before his last with the Ravens. I really like the guy, and he is going to be a HOF’er, but C’mon man don’t act like your game is not at all different then when you were going to the pro bowl.

  17. sf69ers says: Dec 20, 2013 3:49 PM

    You don’t even know the schematic part of it. Are you suggesting you were just a system player in Baltimore Ed? That’s what I’m starting to believe…

  18. fugginswheat says: Dec 20, 2013 3:53 PM

    Not only is he in Decline, he is also in Denial

  19. nfloracle says: Dec 20, 2013 3:55 PM

    The power of denial in aging football stars is as great as it is in aging boxers. I don’t like Ray Lewis, but I’ll give him credit for retiring when he did; too bad, Ed didn’t join him with a graceful exit instead of this sad story of decline and denial.

  20. jakec4 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:04 PM

    A lot of people thought that Reed is no longer in Baltimore because Harbaugh wanted it that way because of the player mutiny thing last year he was one of the leaders of. The truth would appear that Oz knows when you let a guy with a bum hip go regardless of his name. If Ed can’t play in a Rex Ryan defense he can’t play in any defense. He should just enjoy his last two gamees as an NFL player and stop being so salty. In five years he’ll go into the HOF, and nobody will even really remember his failed year after he left the Ravens.

  21. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 20, 2013 4:24 PM

    Man he needs to retire, he’s going down in flames.

    Sincerely,

    An Ed Reed Fan

  22. MichaelEdits says: Dec 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    Reading Ed Reed is like listening to Ray Lewis. I don’t know what these guys are talking about.

  23. remyje says: Dec 20, 2013 5:55 PM

    I forgot he even signed with the jets lol

  24. jjbadd385 says: Dec 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    3 yrs ago, he was among the greatest to have ever played the game at his position. Now, he is mentally in the game, but his body ain’t movin the way he’s thinking! Please Ed, retire before u embarrass yourself further…

  25. blackngold4life says: Dec 20, 2013 10:03 PM

    Dude never liked to tackle anybody …he’s no #43

  26. robertmodell says: Dec 21, 2013 8:40 AM

    Ed Reed is a football legend and because of a few missed plays he is now considered to be finished. He is right in that he is being judged by people who have never played the game and don’t understand it. Good on you Ed for speaking out. There are those who appreciate your value as a football icon.

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