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Ed Reed to be inducted into Louisiana Sports HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 9:00 am

Bills assistant secondary coach Ed Reed has been elected a member of the 2017 induction class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

The nine-time Pro Bowler is part of a class that includes PGA 11-time tour champion David Toms, three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, and World Series champ Juan Pierre headlining the class.


Reed and the rest of the class will be enshrined Saturday, June 24, in Natchitoches to culminate the 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration June 22-24.

Reed was born in St. Rose, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.










Photo credits – Baltimore Ravens, LSU, Lou Hodges Jr.


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Reed: Taylor is ready

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 11:00 am

When they were teammates in Baltimore, Ed Reed told a young Tyrod Taylor to always be ready, that his time would come. Now both return to the place where that message was first delivered when Taylor was still a backup quarterback. Is Taylor ready? Ed Reed says absolutely.

“I talked to Tyrod and he’s pretty much cool,” said Reed of Taylor’s demeanor this week. “Tyrod is a leader. This is something that he probably never saw coming when he was at Baltimore, but it’s part of the game and he knows he has a job to do. Tyrod is a player. He wants to perform well He wants to play well regardless of who he’s playing. He’s going to give his best.”

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Aaron soaking up any & all Ed Reed knowledge

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2016 – 6:00 pm

Bills safety Aaron Williams has been following one of Buffalo’s newest assistant coaches wherever he goes since the spring. Assistant secondary coach Ed Reed has been called the pied piper by head coach Rex Ryan and with good reason. Anyone who is destined to be a first ballot Hall of Famer warrants a following, especially of current Bills safeties hoping to have a career half as successful as the former Ravens pick artist.

Williams has been joined at the hip with Reed. Wherever Reed goes, Williams is right next to him. Reed was throwing Williams shoe top passes to force him to make difficult catches. He’s done a bunch of other drills off on the side when there’s a break in the practice for the defense.

Reed has also counseled Williams on how pivotal knowledge of your opponents and what everyone else in your defense is doing can be on your own game. The sixth-year safety has soaked it all up and hopes to apply it in 2016.

“You have a role model or a person you look up to that’s teaching you a lot of things that you don’t know and the guy’s done it all,” said Williams of Reed. “Hall of Famer, I mean, accolades can go forever. So, why not grasp everything you can from him? He’s doing a great job of not giving me everything at one point, all the secrets he knows. He just — work on something new everyday. So anything I can do to grasp what he knows, I’m there every second and every point in time.”

When we asked Williams what’s one of the more enlightening things Reed has passed on to him about knowledge of the game.

“Just making this game easier,” he said. “This game is a lot easier than you expect and knowing your scheme is the biggest thing. If you know your scheme and know your assignment, I mean, your play can be two times, three times faster than just going out there and being athletic and relying on your athleticism. Knowing what everybody does and put you in the right situations. What he did is knowing how everybody works and how you put yourself in a great position. So, he’s been teaching me that.”

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Report: Bills coach Reed was pursued by Kentucky

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2016 – 1:23 pm

New assistant DBs coach Ed Reed will begin his coaching career in the NFL with the Bills. Despite not having any coaching experience the Bills weren’t the only team pursuing him.

According to a Courier-Journal report, the Kentucky Wildcats made inquiries with Reed to see if he’d be interested in joining their coaching staff as secondary coach. Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops, who coached Reed at the University of Miami, reportedly reached out to Reed to gauge his interest.

Per the report Reed informed Stoops that he prefers to begin his coaching career at the NFL level.

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Asst. DBs coach Ed Reed has Darby pumped

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2016 – 2:25 pm

One of Buffalo’s newest coaching staff additions has cornerback Ronald Darby pretty pumped up for the 2016 season.

At the Senior Bowl this week supporting his former high school teammate Tavon Young, a cornerback from Temple, Darby commented on the addition of Ed Reed to the coaching staff.

“Ed Reed-great player, a Hall of Fame type player,” said Darby. “A guy I looked up to. One of my favorite players. This is going to be great learning from him.”

Darby believes Reed will only help the secondary in getting more and more comfortable with Ryan’s defensive scheme, having played most of his career in it at Baltimore and then in his final season under Ryan with the Jets.

“We’ll have a lot of time to practice and get right for it,” said Darby.


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How Ed Reed decided to coach with the Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2016 – 12:07 pm

One of Buffalo’s newest coaching hires will be making his first foray into the coaching profession in 2016. But just how did nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed come to make the decision to join Rex Ryan’s coaching staff? He shared his decision making process on an appearance on Inside the NFL.

Reed said he received a phone call from Ryan a couple of weeks ago as his former head coach was trying to gauge his interest in coaching.

“I was making some turkey nachos with my son and the phone was ringing and I saw that it was Rex Ryan,” Reed said on Inside the NFL. “And he said, ‘Eddie Reed!’ And he said, ‘How would you like to come coach?’ And I said, ‘I wouldn’t mind it coach I’ll think about that.’ We were talking some football talk and I told him I’d get back to him.

“I had to talk to my son and his mother about the transition if I was going to take that job and how it would affect the family and everything. So he said he’d call me on the weekend. But he called me two days later to ask me what I was thinking. My son he wasn’t for it at first. He’s actually a Patriots fan. I was like, ‘Coach we’ve got to sell my son a little bit more. We’ve got to get him some gear.’”

Eventually everything worked out and Reed agreed to join Ryan’s staff as assistant defensive backs coach. And though this is Reed’s first official foray into professional coaching, Reed feels he’s performed in a coaching type role for several years now.

“You just have to be able to relate to guys and relate to players,” he said. “I’ve been running my football camp for 14 years coaching kids and trying to help kids out. I’ve mentored players on every level whether it’s high school, college or pro. I think I’ve already been a coach for that matter.

“Yes, it’s going to take some learning to be a coach. That’s the head coach’s job is to coach the coaches to coach the players. So I’m looking forward to learning, but at the same time I won’t forget the things I learned as a player.”


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Ed Reed to start for Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2013 – 11:43 am

Recent free agent signee Ed Reed will start for the Jets today at free safety. Here are the Jets inactives for today’s game.

QB David Garrard
WR Jeremy Kerley
RB Alex Green
LB Garrett McIntyre
G Will Campbell
OL Ben Ijilana
OL Oday Aboushi

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Byrd talks with Polamalu, Reed

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2012 – 10:54 am

As the saying goes knowledge is king. Jairus Byrd was given a wealth of football knowledge having a father that played cornerback in the NFL and went to a pair of Pro Bowls as well as an adopted “uncle” in eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aeneas Williams. But Byrd is always seeking more knowledge about the game, which is why he routinely texts some of the best safeties in the game.

Byrd has struck up a dialogue with the likes of Pittsburgh All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu and Baltimore perennial Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed.

“I text them and ask them questions,” Byrd told “Sometimes it’s about a common opponent that we’re both facing. It could be about a certain look, a quarterback tendency, anything.”

Byrd, who is the subject of our Bills Focus feature this week, appreciates the feedback from the two veteran safeties.

“They’re both good guys that want to give back to the game and I benefit from that,” said Byrd. “Troy is just so humble that he doesn’t provide a whole lot in the way of details and what he sees. Ed is great. He texts me right back, or he’ll call and break it all down for me. It’s great to have that kind of dialogue with them.”

The Bills free safety, who is currently second in Pro Bowl fan voting behind Reed in the AFC, doesn’t want to miss anything and believes by talking to two safeties that have seen it all he’s less likely to do so.

“I think you want to know what other guys see,” he said. “Maybe you might be missing something. Maybe they see something else. You’re studying for an opponent and maybe they saw something that you might not have seen. So I definitely talk to different guys.”

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Ed Reed: Bills should’ve won

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2010 – 9:57 am

Baltimore safety Ed Reed was phenomenal in his return to the Ravens lineup Sunday with three takeaways, but he was also impressed with what Buffalo’s offense put out on the field and thought the Bills probably should have wound up with the ‘W’.

“Five hundred and five yards, yes it was a surprise,” said Reed. “I knew it was an explosive offense. We gave up a lot of plays, I don’t know what for. They’re professionals too. At the end of the day, the ‘W’ that’s what counts. Hats off to those guys, they fought hard. They probably should’ve won, but we’ve got a good team over here, too.”

Reed’s teammate Terrell Suggs echoed some of Reed’s comments.

“That’s a tough football team and a tough football game, and I take my hat off to the Buffalo Bills,” Suggs said. “They came here to win, and there were times where they should’ve won. Remember, that’s the same team that put 30 up on New England. They’re a great offensive group. Those two backs (Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller), I wasn’t a believer coming into the game, but I’m a believer now. They made some plays and broke some tackles. I’ve never seen backs do it like that on us.”

Yeah the Bills did not get the win, but they got some well deserved respect from one of the better defenses in football.

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Reed activated for Ravens

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2010 – 1:33 pm

The Baltimore Ravens have activated Pro Bowl FS Ed Reed off their Reserve/PUP list for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Reed practiced all week leading up to the game. It uncertain how much game action Reed will see coming off of hip surgery, but with his replacement Tim Zbikowski not expected to play, he’ll see a fair amount of time with third stringer Hakuri Nakamura.

Baltimore also activated Pro Bowl special teamer Brendan Ayanbadejo off the Reserve/PUP list as well.

To make room for them on the active roster the Ravens put OT Jared Gaither on I-R and released LB Edgar Jones.

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Ed Reed status up in the air

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Ravens FS Ed Reed is still a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

I’m not sure,” Reed told The Baltimore Sun on Friday. “We’ll see how it feels (Saturday).”

Reed, who practiced this week, is not listed on the team’s injury report because he’s not on their active roster. He would have to be activated off the Reserve/PUP list to the 53-man roster by 4 pm Saturday.

“He’s had a really good week,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t want to speak for him. It looks good. From a coaching standpoint, I’m probably going to be cautious.”

With the Ravens facing a bye week after they play the Bills they may choose to have Reed miss this week’s game to give him another two weeks to practice before returning to the fray. However, Baltimore is shorthanded at free safety with Tim Zbikowski, the man who replaced him in the starting lineup, is out for Sunday with a foot injury after not practicing all week. Third stringer Hakuri Nakamura would start if Reed can’t go Sunday.

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Ravens Reed sounds iffy

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2010 – 10:21 am

He has not yet been taken off Reserve/PUP, and despite the contention that he’ll play this week, Ed Reed sounds like anything but a sure thing for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Reed practiced Wednesday, but whether four practices is enough to be ready for a game is another story.

“I haven’t moved around how you move around on the football field, as far as plays go back to back like that,” said Reed. “So, it’s going to be interesting to see how my body reacts this week to all the movement, carry the weight around and stuff like that.”

“(His playing status) is going to be based on how the specific issue responds to specifically practicing football at a fast pace,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “So, we’ll just have to see how that shakes out.”

With the Ravens entering their bye week after Sunday’s game with Buffalo, there’s the thought that Baltimore might be best served to just have Reed skip Sunday’s game, get two more weeks to heal up all the more and to be in the practice setting. By the sounds of it that is still a consideration.

“We definitely talked about that,” said Reed. “And that’s one thing I know coach Harbaugh is looking into, and the organization, that’s why I went on PUP. From the surgical standpoint, it was a 4-6 month period of getting back to full strength [or] a year-long process of full strength. So you know, we still have time until recovery. I still have some soreness in there and everything – still feel it when I move. So, I’m pretty sure that’s the thought upstairs.”

Reed had offseason hip surgery.

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Ed Reed update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2010 – 3:43 pm

Here’s Baltimore coach John Harbaugh’s assessment as to where Ed Reed stands in terms of being activated off their Reserve/PUP list after he practiced Wednesday.

“We just don’t know. We have to get through practice and see how he looks,” said Harbaugh. “We don’t want to do anything to jeopardize him long term. But if he’s ready we want him to play.”

Sounds like Harbaugh is reserving judgment until the end of the week.

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Ed Reed likely to return

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2010 – 1:01 pm

All indications out of Baltimore are that Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed will be back in their defensive lineup for the first time on Sunday. He was back practicing Wednesday. Head coach Chan Gailey knows all too well, how that changes Baltimore’s playmaking ability on the back end.

“He is a true ball hawk safety,” said Gailey. “He can read the quarterback’s eyes and make a lot of plays. He’s also a good blitzer if they decide to do that with him. He’s a Pro Bowl player and anytime you have a Pro Bowl player coming back to your football team, that’s an upgrade. The expectations are that he’ll play like he has in years past, and he makes their already tough defense even tougher.”

Gailey said Reed’s presence in the Baltimore lineup will not change their offensive game plan for Sunday, but it will have some effect on the offense.

“It doesn’t affect the game plan as much as what you tell your quarterback,” Gailey said. “That’s one other thing for the quarterback to keep his eye to make sure that Ed isn’t cheating and watching your eyes. It changes some of the thought process for the quarterback.”

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