Coaching takes its toll on Ed Reed

Coaching takes its toll on Ed Reed
September 12, 2013, 4:30 pm
Share This Post

Danieal Manning gave Ed Reed a walker for his 35th birthday on Wednesday. Two days earlier, Reed needed the oxygen tank.

Even though Reed, the Texans’ prized free agent acquisition, didn’t play in Monday night’s come-from-behind victory against the Chargers, the thrilling game still took a toll on him … from the sideline.

“Man, I was so excited, man, just watching these guys, watching them get after the ball and encouraging them from the sidelines,” Reed said at his locker on Thursday. “I don’t know if y’all got it, I was on the oxygen tank a couple times, man. Screaming, man. My voice is just coming back to me.

"I usually get oxygen when I’m playing but when you’re on the sideline and you’re encouraging guys running up and down the sideline, doing work on offense and encouraging the guys on offense and on defense, it’s a little bit, it’s a little toll on you.”

For the first game of the season, that was Reed’s primary role. He was a coach. He was a cheerleader. He wasn’t a safety. At least not yet.

Reed is a game-time decision heading into the home opener against the Titans on Sunday. He has been practicing this week and said he feels much better now than he did last week. But even if Reed does return, he won’t be the starter; Shiloh Keo will be. Head coach Gary Kubiak said when Reed returns it will likely be to play around 25 to 30 plays.

“I know me as a player, once you’re playing and you’re out there, you want to play but at the same time, it’s about being smart,” Reed said. “So if that’s the way coach feel, I would go with it. I would be cool with that.”

Reed said the four needles he received in his hip area a couple weeks before the season opener helped but he still feels some scar tissue and some soreness associated with it. Reed has said that once that scar tissue soreness is gone, he’d be ready to go.

If Reed can’t play in Week 2, his sights would turn to a return to Baltimore in Week 3. But that would mean another week of coaching from the sideline. Get the oxygen ready.

“I’ve been there before. When you’re on the sideline, you get to see it a little bit more,” Reed said about watching Monday’s game. “I’m a player and a coach at heart too. I understood my role. I was still part of the team and still had to make sure I encouraged those guys and let them know what I saw on the sideline and communicate with them what was working, what I thought we were working from a secondary-wise and what I thought we should be doing from that standpoint.”

According to Reed, one of the things general manager Rick Smith talked to him about when the Texans were wooing the safety was coaching younger players. Reed, on Thursday, talked about the importance of being unselfish and helping the team even when he can’t play.

He said after his playing career is over, he would like to coach. Not in the NFL, that’s too much of a commitment, he said. But perhaps he’ll coach in college or high school. For now, though, his focus is on getting ready to make his 2013 debut.

As for that walker? It’s still in the building. The defensive backs have been working out with it. “It’s a dip machine now,” Reed said.

Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 9. He's ready to go as Arian Foster's caddie against the Eagles.
Oct 31 2:55PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) is listed as probable for Week 9. He'll be all systems go against the Eagles' solid run defense.
Oct 31 2:54PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 9. Johnson is a legitimate WR1 against the Eagles' inconsistent secondary.
Oct 31 2:53PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (illness) is expected to miss Week 9 against the Eagles. Updating a previous item, Clowney appears to be over his early-season knee injury. But he is dealing with an illness. Clowney's absence is an upgrade to Nick Foles'...
Oct 31 1:11PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Arian Foster's caddie is in no danger of missing Week 9.
Oct 30 3:41PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Johnson was never in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. With six teams on bye for Week 9, Johnson is a WR1.
Oct 30 3:40PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1...
Oct 30 3:39PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
Oct 28 4:04PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More

More Team Talk