HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – What is the biggest advantage of bringing Ed Reed to the Houston Texans according to Wade Phillips? The All-Pro safety’s ability to play up the middle will change how the game is played.
“You can’t get a deep ball down the middle on him,” Phillips said during an interview with SportsRadio 610. “That’s why he is such a great player. Anywhere in the seams or down the middle, it’s hard to get a ball in there.”
With the loss of Glover Quin and the addition of Reed, the Texans will adjust their defensive scheme to maximize Reed’s strengths down the middle. Quin’s ability to play off the line of scrimmage will be missed. How will the Texans fill that void?
“(Safety) Danieal (Manning) always covered the tight end for us,” Phillips added. “The loss of Quin was on our sub-defense. He played a linebacker position, whereas Danieal played deep so that’s where we lost a player.
“We need somebody to step up and play that position. It may be a linebacker.”
Phillips thinks the changes will be minimal and that Manning makes a lot of plays when he plays close to the line of scrimmage.
“We’ll utilize (Manning) more that way,” he told the In the Loop’s Nick Wright and John Lopez.
Reed’s presence on the field also creates an added bonus for coaches. Phillips appreciates how Reed does a great job of communicating to other players what he is doing in between plays.
“He’s on the same page with the cornerbacks and letting them know about formations where he can help them,” Phillips said. “That’s going to be a great addition.”