As Ed Reed prepares to take his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, teammates, friends and coaches from his Ravens, college and high school years reflect on the legacy of the legendary Ravens safety with their favorite memories and never-before-heard stories.
I used to lean on those players and guys like Ed and Ray. I'd say, "All right, what are you thinking, what are you seeing?" And they were smart. They'd give you great feedback. I'll never forget, we were playing the Rams one game and I call an all-out blitz. They're like, "No, no, no." They call timeout. I go, "What?" They know I'm hot. I'm like, "We're going to close this game out right here, right now. We're going to win this thing." So sure enough, they [say], "All right, Coach, we'll go with the call." Ray ends up hitting the quarterback, the ball goes sailing into the air and Ed intercepts the ball. I'm like, "Oh, there you go, guys." So either way, they were just phenomenal players, and he was a guy that you could really lean on because he had a great perspective of the game. He was smart. And it was kind of a pied piper also, meaning that those players followed Ed Reed. That's what I remember. I was fortunate to coach two once-in-a-lifetime players on the same defense.
Issue 255: June/July 2019