Phillips non-committal on Reed as starter

Phillips non-committal on Reed as starter
November 7, 2013, 2:15 pm
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The Texans’ prized-free agent acquisition wasn’t a starter in the team’s base defense on Sunday against the Colts.

Instead, Ed Reed got on the field as the extra safety in the dime package, while Shiloh Keo and D.J. Swearinger worked in the base.  

When asked if Reed is still the starter, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips didn’t give a definitive answer. Instead, he cited matchups as the reason for Reed’s shortened playing time.

“Mostly matchups, you know, what we feel like each week, how we match up and what we need to do,” Phillips said. “And Keo’s done some good things. Obviously he had a big interception in the Kansas City game when we were one point behind that gave us a chance to win the ballgame. So we think Keo has done some good things.”

Reed, 35, played 32 snaps against the Colts, while Keo played 48. The Texans have not won a ballgame in which Reed has played this season.

“That’s what we do, try to match up things that we can do against whatever we feel like their matchups are,” Phillips said when asked if the team is getting enough out of Reed. “It’s a game of matchups. That’s what pro football is. We try to get the right matchup at the right time.”