In late March the Texans signed Ed Reed to a three year, $15 million dollar contract. They weren’t expecting the All-Pro, game-changing safety, but they were expecting a guy that could come in, shore up the back end of the defense, and provide some leadership. It hasn’t worked, and now it’s time to move on.
Nobody should be surprised this hasn’t worked out. Reed struggled with injuries his last couple of season’s in Baltimore, and even when healthy, like during the Ravens Super Bowl run, he wasn’t much of a factor. Baltimore made very little effort to re-sign one of the best players in their franchise’s history, and it is obvious why.
Almost immediately there were signs that the Reed pick up could end up being a disappointment. Less than a month after signing his contract, he had hip surgery, which basically cost him the entire offseason. He missed the first two games of the regular season, started the next five before getting benched in favor of Shiloh Keo. He wasn’t good on the field, and now he’s starting to cause problems.
“We played really well outside of certain situations. Certain situations, we just got outplayed and outcoached,” Reed said after the Texans three point loss in Arizona Sunday.
That’s blunt and easy to say after you’ve lost for the seventh straight time, but he wasn’t done.
“Eventually, they’re going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things,” Reed continued.
Reed is probably right, but he isn’t the one that should say it. They guys who have been here and played well should be the ones say it. They didn’t say it, but they are certainly going to be asked about it.
Rich Lord asked J.J. Watt and Ben Tate if they agreed with Reed’s assessment of the coaching staffs performance. They wanted no part of it, but the questions aren’t going to stop, so not only have the Texans lost seven straight games, they have a reserve safety questioning the coaches. This has the makings of being an awful last seven weeks.
That’s why it’s just time to cut the cord. Reed is not apart of the future of this team, and he’s not giving them anything in the present, aside from headaches, so what’s the point in keeping him here?