Is Ed Reed A Good Fit For The New York Jets?
Earlier this week, the Houston Texans decided to part ways with Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed. Why? Well, they didn’t say. Some people have speculated that they did it because he criticized the Texans’ coaches and said that they were “outcoached” during Houston’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. Others said it was because the Texans are making a push to get some of their younger players more playing time now that they’re 2-7 on the season. But regardless of why they released him, Reed didn’t stay on the market for very long. Because early Thursday, he signed a new deal with the New York Jets and agreed to patrol the secondary for Rex Ryan & Co. for the rest of the 2013-14 NFL season.
Is Reed going to be a good fit in New York, though? We think that he will be a key contributor for the team. Even though he’s not the Ed Reed of old, he knows a thing or two (or 200!) about playing safety in the NFL. And because the Jets have a group of relatively young players on the defensive side of the ball, Reed will be able to add a lot of experience to the mix. He will also be able to help bring young players along and bring leadership to the defense. So with those things in mind, we think that Reed will be a good fit with the Jets.
Does that mean that the Jets can expect him to come in and be the centerpiece of their defense? Absolutely not. In fact, he better not be the centerpiece of their defense or they’re in trouble. All they need him to do is come in, work hard, and show the team’s younger players what it means to be an elite NFL safety. If an interception or two just so happens to come along with that, then great. But Jets coach Rex Ryan can’t expect the guy he coached during his time with the Baltimore Ravens. He can only expect the 2013 version of Ed Reed. If he does that, then Reed will fit in nicely with the Jets over the course of the next seven games. It will be fun to see how this all plays out down the stretch.