January 13, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Bills hire Ed Reed as assistant defensive backs coach
Former Texans and Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed has joined the coaching ranks, reuniting with coach Rex Ryan as the Buffalo Bills assistant defensive backs coach. A former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Reed played just seven games for the Texans after signing a three-year, $15 million contract with $5 million guaranteed in 2013 before being released after seven games. Reed had 16 tackles, no interceptions and no passes defended. Regarded as a lock for future induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nine-time Pro Bowl selection played for Ryan with the Ravens and with the New York Jets and was one of the most instinctive defensive players in NFL history. “Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team. First off, having spent time with Ed in Baltimore and then in New York—I can attest to the incredibly high level of professionalism he is going to bring with him to Buffalo," Ryan said in a statement. "All of the things he’s done throughout his entire playing career, such as how he studies film, preparing throughout the week for game days, and things like that, he will impress upon our players. Obviously, he’s played in this system at a MVP-caliber level and he’s a real student of the game. I think he’s going to be a phenomenal coach and I truly believe our players are going to love learning from him.” Reed played 12 seasons in the NFL and is in the Ravens' Ring of Honor. He intercepted 64 career passes, ranking sixth in NFL history. His 1,590 interception return yards ranks as the most. He also recorded 699 career tackles, six sacks, 154 passes defended, 12 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries. Reed played for Ryan for the first seven years of his NFL career after being drafted in the first round in 2002 out of the University of Miami. Follow me on Twitter: @twitter.com/AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.