After Seven Straight Losses, the Ed Reed Era Is Over in Houston

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It's over.
"Arizona played their best ball. We played really well outside of certain situations. Certain situations, we just got outplayed and out-coached." -- Ed Reed, Sunday after the 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals

Back in the middle of March, Ed Reed was flying back and forth to Houston on owner Bob McNair's private jet, an extravagant courtship with a few twists and turns that ultimately resulted in Reed signing a three-year, $15 million deal to become a Houston Texan.

Not just a Houston Texan, but a vocal leader for an aspiring Super Bowl team, a ball-hawking Buddha at safety for a team missing that "it" factor.

But after seven games played (all losses), 16 tackles, no turnovers caused, one unceremonious benching and possibly one fateful post-game media session, the jet airliner ride into Houston has turned into a rental car ride out of town.

Ed Reed was cut today by the Houston Texans.

For these Texans, Ed Reed was supposed to be the missing piece. Instead, he was just missing in action, a debilitated, infuriating symbol of this hellacious 2-7 season.

Truth be told, this marriage between player and team (partially arranged by longtime Reed friend and Houston franchise icon Andre Johnson) peaked at the introductory press conference, for that was the only time that Ed Reed wore a thread of Texans gear (a baseball hat, for the record) where it felt like the Texans were getting what they thought they were buying.

Yep, the best Ed Reed moment as a Texan involved him wearing street clothes, apropos indeed. From there, it was all downhill.

Anticipation for how Reed would fit into Wade Phillips's defense and how he would somehow (through osmosis, I guess) impart Super Bowl-winning wisdom to these Texans turned into concern when it was discovered shortly after he signed that Reed would be undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his hip.

Concern turned into skepticism and distrust over whether or not Reed knew he was damaged goods (How could he not?), and distrust turned to dark comedy when Reed was essentially a glorified assistant coach throughout training camp. That is, when he wasn't rehabbing his injury somewhere other than Houston.


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KD Davis
KD Davis

I was hyped to get Reed. Even if it was for leadership and the occasional game changing play on the field. Oh well. Next stop, Canton.

Puller58
Puller58

Reed might well have known he was ready for the boneyard, but money matters.  (It wasn't till years after he retired that Ken Stabler admitted that by the time he got to the Oilers he was "sore and hurt all the time."  Gee Ken, thanks for sharing after the fact.)  Reed complaining about the team and coaching might sound like sour grapes, or wisdom.  In either case, he's gone.

jacob_jones72
jacob_jones72

"Emergence of Keenum".. LOLOL.. Come on, man, Keenum is a nice player, but the Texans need to take their upcoming high draft pick, and draft a QB..

Come on, people, stop being fooled by fool's gold.. It takes a very certain type of QB to win in the toughest league on earth, and Keenum is not the answer.. NOT EVEN CLOSE!!..

verticalsuntan
verticalsuntan

given that Reed was presumably a key cog in championship locker rooms, I'd like to hear what he has to say about the Texans organization in comparison to the Ravens and Canes. But he may have enough class not to speak of it, at least until the season is done and/or Kubiak is gone. But given Kubiak's incident and the emergence of Keenum, I suspect Kubiak will be back in 2014

Averylyssa
Averylyssa

Thanks for putting in words what I've been thinking all along. I'm sure other Houston Texan fans have been as well. 

verticalsuntan
verticalsuntan

@jacob_jones72 hey idiot – I'm not a Keenum fan boy by any stretch, but even to the untrained eye such as yours, it appears that he has exceeded expectations thus far. I agree the Texans should look for a QB early in the draft, but if Keenum keeps playing at this clip, the need for immediate impact from a drafted QB is significantly reduced. and if Keenum continues to succeed, despite wins and losses, Kubiak will still be here next season

Puller58
Puller58

@jacob_jones72 You got it.  The Arizona game confirmed what I saw in preseason.  Panic in the pocket, not fast enough to scramble out of harm's way, etc.  He's just a decent back up, but clearly better than Matt "Bernie Kozar 2.0" Schaub.

Puller58
Puller58

@verticalsuntan It's been written on these pages that it's obvious how much McNair likes Kubiak, so between the stroke and Keenum, he'll likely get another chance, but if he decides to step down for health reasons, Wade Phillips will get the job.  Not an upgrade.

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