Reed: Phillips likely reason Texans cut him


Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is the reason he was released by the Houston Texans last week.

Reed spoke out after the Texans’ Nov. 10 loss at Arizona, saying the team got “outplayed and outcoached.” Two days later, Reed was waived by the Texans.

Reed That defense is not a good fit for a lot of people who is still down there, so it wasn’t just about me.

— Ed Reed on Texans

He later reunited with Rex Ryan and signed with the New York Jets, who play at the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

“Wade said something to me. He basically just made sure I was leaving,” Reed said in a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday. “He was probably the guy, the reason I’m not there. But it’s all good, man. I’m not worried about it.”

Reed signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Texans in free agency after winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens. He missed the first two games of the season because of offseason hip surgery and was eventually benched by Houston.

“That defense is not a good fit for a lot of people who is still down there, so it wasn’t just about me,” Reed said. “People might feel a certain way, like, ‘Ed did this and Ed didn’t do things on the football field.’ But you’ve got to look at the playcaller. People don’t know how the schematic part of it goes. You have to put your players in position to make plays as well, from a coaching perspective.”

Reed didn’t have an interception or pass defensed with the Texans.

“[Critics] are looking for every reason to put everything on Ed Reed,” Reed said. “That’s funny. That’s funny to me. And it’s kind of funny that I’m speaking in the third person about that.”

Reed said the Jets were the only team to reach out to him after he cleared waivers. He rejoins Ryan, who was his defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2008.

“Coming from the situation that I came from to a coach that understands you and respects your game and respects you as a man — it’s a good thing,” Reed said. “It’s a good thing to be back around that, knowing that the whole league is not that way.”

  • University of Maryland graduate
  • Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son

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