Houston (CBS Houston) – Ed Reed’s departure from the Texans was an unceremonious end to what was supposed to be a star-studded tenure. After an offseason of private jets and red carpet treatment, Reed was abruptly released by the Texans on Tuesday.
“You don’t see a lot of people released at this point in the season, especially a guy like him who we paid some money to, who we made a big effort to get here.” tight end Owen Daniels told Sports Radio 610.
Reed never logged a win in a Texans uniform but Antonio Smith told Texans radio it wasn’t for his lack of effort.
“I know for a fact that he was a full on Texan and he was all the way bought in.” Smith said.
According to Smith, he met weekly with Reed to discuss the team and their current struggles. As recent as last week, Reed put a quote in his teammates lockers that centered around overcoming adversity.
“I don’t think that Ed just speaks, just to be speaking and saying things to be causing strife. I don’t think he meant it as disrespect” Smith said.
Reed’s teammates may not blame him for being let go but they do realize just how far their team has fallen. After coming into the year with hopes of reaching their first ever Super Bowl they are instead suffering through a franchise record seven game losing streak.
“I’m not sure what the situation was, what the reasoning was there, but it’s always tough to see a teammate go when he’s put in a lot of work and he’s been around and he wanted to help us out.” Daniels said.
Texans players insist the locker room is sticking together and not pointing fingers. But after losing three players earlier this year to a ‘violation of team rules’ and Reed’s departure, they know they’ve reached a pivotal moment.
“We just need to be able to stick together because once a team starts to fall apart, that’s when it falls apart at the hinges and the team kind of goes elsewhere. As long as we stick together we’re going to be alright.” center Chris Myers told SportsRadio 610.
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