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Rex hires Ed Reed as Bills’ assistant defensive backs coach

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets and Ed Reed #22 look on from the sideline during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 17, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Getty Images

Bills coach Rex Ryan has added a future Hall of Famer to his coaching staff.

Ed Reed has agreed to join the Bills as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach.

“Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team. First off, having spent time with Ed in Baltimore and then in New York—I can attest to the incredibly high level of professionalism he is going to bring with him to Buffalo. All of the things he’s done throughout his entire playing career, such as how he studies film, preparing throughout the week for game days, and things like that, he will impress upon our players,” Ryan said in a statement. “Obviously, he’s played in this system at a MVP-caliber level and he’s a real student of the game. I think he’s going to be a phenomenal coach and I truly believe our players are going to love learning from him.”

Reed and Ryan were together for seven seasons with the Ravens, and Reed played for Ryan with the Jets at the end of Reed’s career.

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78 Responses to “Rex hires Ed Reed as Bills’ assistant defensive backs coach”
  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jan 13, 2016 8:53 PM

    Nice job Rex your a good dude and its gonna pay off someday with getting quality guys around you

  2. headwoundharry says: Jan 13, 2016 8:56 PM

    Changing the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  3. bengalsfan2079 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:57 PM

    He’s a guy you can respect unlike Joey Porter.

  4. username says: Jan 13, 2016 9:00 PM

    One of my favorite players to watch ever. Did you know that he averaged 11 yards per game as a defender? It’ll be interesting to see what he can do as a coach. Good luck!

  5. egomaniac247 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:01 PM

    Can’t argue this one. Ed reed is the type of player who put the game first and partying, homeys, entourages, and immature sayings like “swag” a distant second. Young players who REALLY want it could actually learn a lot from this guy.

  6. sfm073 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:02 PM

    It’s nice to see an actual former NFL player coaching the position he played, not saying he’ll be any good at it, but I always found it weird to see a former d2 receiver coaching offensive linemen in the NFL.

  7. mcjon22 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:09 PM

    Rex is like that Guy in high school who tried to get all his boys in his 5th period class.

  8. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Jan 13, 2016 9:09 PM

    This is a great hire. Ryan is usually a circus, but it can only help young DB’s to have Ed Reed sit them under the learning tree.

  9. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 13, 2016 9:10 PM

    Great move, these young DBs respect greats and Ed Reed is Top 3 at his position bar none.

  10. cnote585 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:12 PM

    Let’s Go Buffalo!!!!

  11. phooteballs says: Jan 13, 2016 9:20 PM

    Ed Reed needs money already?

  12. clickablecontent says: Jan 13, 2016 9:21 PM

    Man, I was enjoying Ed on Inside The NFL.

  13. aquibtalibedoutoftheseason says: Jan 13, 2016 9:22 PM

    Great signing! Glad he did not go for any Ravens or Bengals morons!

  14. dynaco says: Jan 13, 2016 9:23 PM

    Rex Ryan death kiss: “Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team.

  15. bjwbrown2011 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:25 PM

    Ed was one of those players that was such a natural and so very good that you almost wonder if it will be harder for him to teach someone since he seemed to run on pure instincts.

  16. guitarkevin says: Jan 13, 2016 9:26 PM

    Bring Rex and Ed back to Baltimore, please.

  17. d1l2g3 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:27 PM

    He still wont save Rex’s job.

  18. watermelon1 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:28 PM

    Sfm037… EXACTLY! We have no idea how it will turn out but at least he has the pedigree and knows what he’s talking about. I’m happy for him and the Bills.

  19. pioniere says: Jan 13, 2016 9:28 PM

    Great add. Reed will be a great mentor, and he knows how to win.

  20. ravensdominate says: Jan 13, 2016 9:28 PM

    Reeeeeed man I miss that guy!

  21. squared80 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:29 PM

    Not many former superstars make good coaches. I guess we’ll see.

  22. patsfan1820 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:31 PM

    Dammit I hate to say it, but this was a good move.

  23. bomatdaman says: Jan 13, 2016 9:34 PM

    I loved Ed Reed as a player and he was to the Safety position that Jordan was to the Guard position. Let’s hope Ed can be a better teacher than Jordan. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can teach instinct and God gave Reed plenty of it.

  24. bleedrangerblue says: Jan 13, 2016 9:36 PM

    Rex is so loyal. It’s gonna be awesome when he fires his brother and his pal Reed after the season. Jet fan here, friends first business second.

  25. bomatdaman says: Jan 13, 2016 9:36 PM

    And, I don’t think those Two Tickets to Paradise were intended for Buffalo:/

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:38 PM

    Reed used to give Brady fits so if anything is going to help Buffalo against the Pats this is it.

  27. grogansheroes says: Jan 13, 2016 9:40 PM

    Great players seldom make great coaches. Wonder how he can afford the pay cut?

  28. happygilmoregirls says: Jan 13, 2016 9:42 PM

    He should be back with Ravens but Harbaugh can’t deal with strong personalities as a player or a coach. Baltimore lost its swagger cuz Johnny wants choirboys around him not hard nosed badassed football players.

  29. EJ says: Jan 13, 2016 9:43 PM

    I am guessing Rex had this planned months ago… He most likely told Reed come see me and I will make sure you are set… Henderson out… Reed in.

  30. drewzducks says: Jan 13, 2016 9:44 PM

    Some advice for Ed. There’s something called direct deposit. I suggest you use it but if you choose not to, don’t leave your cash unattended on the front seat of your car. B

  31. smasonsmith says: Jan 13, 2016 9:46 PM

    That’s a good hire.

  32. hawkforlife says: Jan 13, 2016 9:49 PM

    Assistant? What a fraud. Rex is a turd. He deserves more. Great player. Great man as far as I know.

  33. struckgold49er says: Jan 13, 2016 9:52 PM

    phooteballs says:
    Jan 13, 2016 9:20 PM
    Ed Reed needs money already?


    That’s what I was thinking as well!!!

  34. gridgod says: Jan 13, 2016 9:55 PM

    Reed free-lanced a lot because he was a gifted, instinctive player. How is that supposed to translate to coaching players of lesser ability and motivation?

  35. johnodocks says: Jan 13, 2016 10:15 PM

    From what I heard, Ed Reed did his film study homework every week so, hopefully, he can impress that upon his players. Just don’t let him teach them the art of the lateral.

  36. nbptma1 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:18 PM

    Lets get one thing straight here, Ed Reed’s not putting on a Bills uniform. He’s coaching. Great player, rookie coach. You can’t coach intuition, which is a talent Ed had and he used it well.

  37. chriskap11 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:24 PM

    Let’s hope this is the first step of a long journey for Rex to learn to control his mouth, focus his attention on football not media coverage time and the willingness to check his ego for the success of the team as a greater good.

  38. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2016 10:27 PM

    Not going to be enough, this team is a dumpster fire. Just flush baby.

  39. dickshotdogs says: Jan 13, 2016 10:28 PM

    The missing piece. Eye roll…..

  40. bigwinintx says: Jan 13, 2016 10:36 PM

    After stealing money in Houston, now he can actually go EARN it!

  41. headwoundharry says: Jan 13, 2016 10:37 PM

    So like when is Rex gonna bring his Dad out of retirement?

  42. dexx57 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:42 PM

    Ryan brothers are worst coaches in the nfl , if their last name was smith they would be pee wee volunteer assistants. rob is the worst coach in nfl history

  43. dontbugmeonsundays says: Jan 13, 2016 10:42 PM

    As a Bills fan I used to enjoy watching Ed Reed play. He was must see TV in my opinion – borderline box office. Played with a great passion for the game and always gave it his all. He is no doubt a first ballot hall of famer and I was truly happy for him when they won the SuperBowl. He can only be an asset with all of his knowledge. I hope he does well.


  44. imonfire2niteoyeah says: Jan 13, 2016 10:47 PM

    Nice. now if only Miami’s front office can get Chad Pennington to be the quarterback coach.

  45. nycdf says: Jan 13, 2016 10:47 PM

    Get the clown car ready.

  46. swagger52 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:48 PM

    Great move..

    Ed can learn the ropes in the JV division AFC East. When he gets good at coaching he came come back to to the rough and tumble AFC North.

  47. mswravens says: Jan 13, 2016 10:54 PM

    This sucks! I am so sorry the great Ed Reed will not be coaching in Baltimore. If you ever had the experience of spending 5 or more minutes in his presence, you would know what a great coach & leader he can be. Good luck Ed! Hope your coaching journey leads you back to Charm City!

  48. trainwrecksryan says: Jan 13, 2016 10:58 PM

    Professionalism? Studying film? Preparing throughout the week? He’s the anti-Rex.

  49. thesmartest1 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:00 PM

    Perhaps he can teach Rob some D.

  50. singisking says: Jan 13, 2016 11:17 PM

    How’s Ed moving his stuff to Buffalo? Multiple shopping carts?

  51. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 13, 2016 11:23 PM

    There is no connection whatsoever between a man’s ability to play a game and his ability to coach it. Some great players can turn into great coaches, some can’t.

    Expressing an opinion about Reed’s ability to coach, at this point, is meaningless. But feel free to have an opinion anyway.

  52. Dennis Koulatsos says: Jan 13, 2016 11:26 PM

    Ed Reed had elite cover skills, great hands, intelligence and great athletic ability. But he was also a student of the game, one who watched a ton of game film. His work ethic was second to none, and he absolutely loved to play football. I’m sorry that he is not starting his coaching career in Baltimore, but I am glad that he is going to continue to be involved with his passion. I also think Ed Reed is going to become a head coach at some point in his career. Wishing him all of the best in Buffalo!

  53. voiceofsweetness says: Jan 14, 2016 12:03 AM

    Odd contract clause that Reed has to allow Rex to rub his feet before every game.

  54. patsrthegreatest says: Jan 14, 2016 12:10 AM

    Ed Reed is a class act. Hope he succeeds as a coach
    -Pats fan

  55. bluenose1965 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:54 AM

    Hope he’s better at that than he was in Houston.

  56. mobil4life says: Jan 14, 2016 5:43 AM

    Not going to matter with Rob running the defense. Defense will be ranked last next season.

  57. orivar says: Jan 14, 2016 6:03 AM

    It should turn out well as he’s only the assistant DB coach. He’s basically there to help get their technique up, align in coverage better, etc. Things I’m pretty sure he already did as a veteran player.

  58. weepingjebus says: Jan 14, 2016 7:38 AM

    Super Bowl!!

  59. 32raiderfan34 says: Jan 14, 2016 7:48 AM

    Wow he will step up that defense exponentially. Ed Reed coming in to give these young guys a motivational speech would go a long way but coming in as a coach? Nice hire Rex. One question though does the DB coach really need an assistant?

  60. dohczeppelin says: Jan 14, 2016 8:05 AM

    Whoa. That’s an interesting move. Reed is certainly a pro. Hopefully he can translate his experience into coaching effectively. Bills have a couple very promising young dbs.

  61. randy8123 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:15 AM

    Ed was one of those players that was such a natural and so very good that you almost wonder if it will be harder for him to teach someone since he seemed to run on pure instincts.

    Thought the exact same thing, like Gretzky. “You know that feeling when you’re assigned to cover the deep right but you just KNOW the QB is going to throw the post to a slot receiver so you abandon your assignment and make a diving interception across the field?”

    One of my all time favorites on the field, hope he can translate his mentality into language mere humans can comprehend.

    Also, whoever posted that he averaged 11 Y/G on defense, that is a great stat.

  62. lobzila says: Jan 14, 2016 8:56 AM

    clickablecontent says: Jan 13, 2016 9:21 PM

    Man, I was enjoying Ed on Inside The NFL.

    He was the only voice of reason on that show.

  63. bradygirl12 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:02 AM

    Finally,a Bills hiring that makes sense…

  64. billswillnevermove says: Jan 14, 2016 9:20 AM

    Very good hire, smart!!!

  65. key2heat says: Jan 14, 2016 9:33 AM

    not a Bills fan or hater but….rex ryan is a clown and his brother is the worst DC in the NFL. Kiss that pre-Ryan legit defense goodbye

  66. gridassassin says: Jan 14, 2016 9:46 AM

    Asst. DB Coach = Bag holder

  67. ravensfan56 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:57 AM

    As a Ravens fan, Ed Reed was one of my favorite players growing up. He would easily still be the best DB on the Ravens now. It sucks that he has to go to Buffalo and coach with the Ryan brothers. Maybe someday he will return to Baltimore.

  68. dohczeppelin says: Jan 14, 2016 10:05 AM

    Team Nickname: Ball Hawk

    At least that’s what Madden told me.

  69. limakey says: Jan 14, 2016 10:58 AM

    Already looking forward to next year!

  70. mmmpierogi says: Jan 14, 2016 11:00 AM

    bengalsfan2079 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 8:57 PM
    He’s a guy you can respect unlike Joey Porter.


    Soup grapes. Hopefully Vontaze and Pacman don’t see coaching roles in their next career.

  71. inozwetrust says: Jan 14, 2016 11:03 AM

    As a Ravens fan I loved watching Ed roam the secondary all those years like a lion waiting to pounce. Best centerfielder ever. Better than half the centerfielders in MLB!! lol

  72. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 14, 2016 11:28 AM

    Rex is giving Ed Reed his opportunity to get into coaching so he can learn and eventually become a coordinator or more some day. Pretty cool.

  73. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 14, 2016 12:08 PM

    More Ed Reed, please. Anywhere in the NFL. Good for the game.

  74. myhawks1976 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    Anyone questioning this hire is just silly. Is Ed Reed the savior? I doubt it. But to be put in a position like “assistant defensive backs coach” he is given he opportunity to learn the coaching ropes on the NFL level, with a head coach he knows well.

    Whether he can translate his instinct on the field and work ethic to teaching youngsters is almost insignificant. The respect he commands, by simply being Ed Reed, will give him enough credibility and I can’t think of many people I would rather give a shot at it, based on knowledge, work ethic and mentality.

    Good hire.

  75. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 14, 2016 12:38 PM

    Ed Reed should be hiring the Ryan brothers so that he can fire them to save his job in two years .Did you know that three of the top five salary cap strapped teams are in the AFC East and aren’t the Pats. Good Luck !

  76. nhpats says: Jan 14, 2016 12:47 PM

    mmmpierogi says:
    Jan 14, 2016 11:00 AM
    bengalsfan2079 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 8:57 PM
    He’s a guy you can respect unlike Joey Porter.


    Soup grapes. Hopefully Vontaze and Pacman don’t see coaching roles in their next career.


    There is a strong likelihood that either Vontaze or PunkMan end up in jail. Possibly both.

  77. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 14, 2016 9:36 PM

    Andre Reed, Ed Reed…what, Josh Reed wasn’t available?

  78. mjs1184 says: Jan 16, 2016 1:49 AM

    First, no smart bills fan thinks this hire is gonna make or break next season. This is simply just Rex giving a guy that knows his system a shot at coaching in the NFL with a small role. 2nd I’m amazed at a few of the comments that mentioned something about rob Ryan running the defense. Rob Ryan is not running the defense, again, he was brought in becaus he knows the system but I will guarantee he will not be calling defensive plays for the bills next season. Last, but not least, I saw a comment about the bills being cap strapped. Earth to you buddy, there’s no such thing as that. There’s always ways to manipulate the cap. I follow the bills closely and they can get to somewhere around 30-35 million under the cap just by cutting, and restructuring and without funneling money to theirs high priced players business to make up for lower salaries.

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