Bob McNair thinks Vince Wilfork won’t be another Ed Reed

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Two years ago, the Texans gave $5 million in guaranteed money to an 11-year veteran defender who had just won a Super Bowl.  It didn’t work out.

This year, the Texans once again gave $5 million in guaranteed money to an 11-year veteran defender who had just won a Super Bowl.  Some wonder whether it will work out.

Obviously, owner Bob McNair believes Vince Wilfork won’t be another Ed Reed.  Otherwise, the Texans wouldn’t have taken a chance on a player that Patriots coach Bill Belichick opted to not keep around.  So what’s the difference between Reed and Wilfork?

“I think the difference is when you have someone at a position where they have to be able to run, then age is more of a consideration,” McNair said at the league meetings, via Tania Ganguli of  “We thought Ed was in good shape and was going to be able to come down and play and he was a big disappointment.  At nose tackle, you don’t have to run that much.  He’s got to be strong.  So there’s some positions you can play for more years and you aren’t taking as much risk.”

The notion that old guys are more likely to lose speed than strength seems a little simplistic.  Plenty of fast guys retain their speed well into their 30s.  Plenty of strong guys lose their strength well before turning 40.

The biggest difference between Reed and Wilfork is that Reed was damaged goods when he signed with the Texans.  The Texans didn’t notice that Reed needed hip surgery when giving him a passing grade on his physical.

So it’s less embarrassing for the Texans to distinguish Reed and Wilfork based on the speed vs. strength of older players, and not to remind everyone that whoever gave Reed a clean bill of health in 2013 made a major mistake.  Ultimately, Reed’s short stay in Houston had a lot more to do with the hip problem the team didn’t spot than an age-related reduction in his speed.

20 responses to “Bob McNair thinks Vince Wilfork won’t be another Ed Reed

  1. apples and oranges, i dont understand the need to reach so far for a comparison. just because they were two veterans doesnt mean they play anything close to the same position, the teams are in different places, the scheme is different, etc. Even doctors aren’t perfect, mistakes happen, doesn’t mean there was any lesson to learn there

  2. The genius of Bill Belichick is that he has no qualms in moving on from great players after they have passed their peak. He complimented the great Vince Wilfolk as the best Defensive Lineman he has ever coached, but still was able to move on and not re-sign him again, because New England has higher standards than all other teams and focuses on the future not the past. Some may see this as disloyal but BB prefers to see it as total honesty and Big Vince like many other true Patriots knew the rules. Good luck in Houston from the Patriot Nation.

  3. I think Mr. McNair is correct. Vince won’t be another Ed Reed. He will most probably be another Lagarette Blount. He will take your guaranteed money, piss you off enough to release him and then sleaze his tired butt back to the Patriots, who he has claimed as family, just in time for the playoffs.

    I’m so glad the Colts cut bate on this guy.

  4. There’s a reason why he was let go of a perennial contender….

    As a rule of thumb, you should never pick up the Patriots trash.

  5. “We thought Ed was in good shape and was going to be able to come down and play and he was a big disappointment. ”

    Reed was clearly done physically and everybody but the Texans knew it, very strange.

  6. Well I hope they brought Wilfork there to coach. As a player, there is not much left in the tank. If there was, Pats would of kept him at that reasonable contract.

  7. It doesn’t matter how good he’ll play, they can have the number 1 defense in the league but if they don’t have a Quarterback and Wide receivers they’ll be 8-8 or 9-7 and this signing will be irrelevant

  8. Let’s face it. Vince Wilfork will be back with the Patri*ts before the end of the 2015 season just like LeGarrette Blount.

    Wilfork will “magically” do something to get himself released and just as “magically” 15 other teams in dire need of defensive help will choose not to sign him allowing the Patri*ts to get him back for 1/10th of his previously salary.

    Meanwhile, the NFL will continue to look the other way just as it has done since the Tuck Rule game.


  9. I’m so glad the Colts cut “bate” on this guy.


    Yeah–the Colts always make great decisions on the defensive side of the ball, especially with regard to run defense….please.

    My grandmother could average 4 yds./carry on the Colts.

  10. That is one BIG man indeed, if he fills up the Dline like he does in that picture and he’s healthy…

    Watt on one side, Clowney on the other delivering on his pedigree and this guy in the middle…could be good for Houston..

  11. Actually he is going to help that defense. Especially if Clowney gets on the field and the there’s Watt. Vince will still stuff the run nicely. I hope the best for Vince and when its over, finally over, he can come home and retire in NE.

    Vince could eat Ed Reed, no problem.

  12. Good signing for the Texans here.

    Just shows the level of stupidity that some on here exhibit that they think New England could magically fix it to get Pitt to release Blount and then somehow influence all the 30 other NFL teams not to put in any waivers for him so that they could get him back.

    That is one serious Jedi mind trick that Yoda would be proud of, if it really was true!

  13. I hope Wilfork plays well in Houston. That being said, the list of players cut by Bill Belichick who went on to play well elsewhere is quite short.

  14. God gives you another chance, not a second chance.. because we mess that one up a long time ago….
    If you can use a backup quarterback… Give Vince Young a chance… He wouldn’t cost you hardly anything…. He can still play this game at a high level…. His NFL won/loss record is 31-19…. He has playoff experience … He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler… He was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year…..
    The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and Vince Young can WIN…..

  15. Bob McNair is an idiot for keeping Rick Smith. The man missed major injuries for both Reed and Clowney — gigantic mistakes in successive years. McNair just don’t seem to care.

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