Ed Reed has officially signed on as a New York Jet. The future Hall of Fame safety was released from the Houston Texans last week, ending a disappointing chapter in what otherwise has been an illustrious career. By acquiring Reed, the Jets have bolstered their secondary for their unlikely playoff push.
This Jets team was supposed to be a laughingstock. The only thing experts figured they would be competing for this season was the number one overall draft pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Instead the Jets are in the thick of the AFC playoff race, and beating out the New England Patriots for the divisional title is not even out of the realm of possibility.
Enter Ed Reed, a defending Super Bowl champion after his former team the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in February. Unlike his old teammate Ray Lewis, Reed decided to continue to play rather than hanging up his cleats and walking off into the sunset as a champion.
By signing with the New York Jets, Ed Reed now has a shot at repeating as Super Bowl champion that he did not have as a member of the 2-7 Texans. Perhaps the disappointing record of the Texans was to blame for his derogatory comments after last weeks loss to the Arizona Cardinals. As a longtime Raven, Reed simply isn’t used to losing.
That winning attitude could help cement the Jets as a playoff team.
Concerns over the declining play of Ed Reed on the Texans, he was barely on the field at the end of his tenure there playing only 12 snaps in the loss to the Cardinals, should not take away from the brilliance of this signing.
Head coach Rex Ryan loves to grind out wins with his running game and defense, old school football is the way the Jets have won games this year. A tough running game has developed thanks to Chris Ivory, completing the offensive portion of Ryan’s recipe for success.
On defense the front seven has been stellar all year long, making it hard for opponents to find running room week in and week out. All that is missing for a playoff run is a playmaking pass defense. Signing Ed Reed is a low-risk way to try and create a ball-hawking secondary for the New York Jets. Right now the Jets are 24th against the pass and have snagged only five interceptions on the season.
While working with Rex Ryan in Baltimore, Ed Reed averaged 7 interceptions of his own over three seasons. If there is any gas left in his tank, he will instantly improve this secondary. If the Jets can find a way to let Ed Reed roam the middle of the field and use his instincts, this move could be one of the biggest of the season. It isn’t often that happens this late in a season.