Discussing the Ed Reed lateral issue

Dec. 30, 2008, 5:15 PM


I was reading a blog entry by the Baltimore Sun‘s Mike Preston this morning. The entry talked about the Ravens coaching staff telling Ed Reed to stop his habit of lateralling the ball after interceptions/fumble recoveries. Quite a few people responded to the post and the majority of the voices said they agree with the coaching staff that Reed needs to stop.

I do not share that opinion.

Ed Reed will go down as one of the best safeties ever to play the game. Why? Because he’s a playmaker. I believe if you want Ed Reed on your team, then you have to take the bad with the good. Is he going to mess up every now and then? Of course! Some say his mistakes cost the team games. That may be true, but off the top of my head only one game comes to mind where that would even be close to being the case. That game was the Monday night game last December against the Patriots, when New England running back Kevin Faulk stripped Ed and basically negated the intercepion he just made. Even in that case, the problem was ball control, not Reed lateralling it. I will take those mistakes with the game-changing ability that Reed brings to the table any day of the week. I think people need to realize what a great asset he is to the Ravens and not nit-pick over a certain aspect of his game. It’s a classic risk-reward debate. And with Reed, I’d say the reward is well worth the risk.


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