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