Phillips responds to Ed Reed’s attack

Phillips responds to Ed Reed’s attack
November 21, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Wade Phillips responds to Ed Reed's comments

On a conference call with Baltimore reporters on Wednesday, Ed Reed ripped the Texans and specifically defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Now with the Jets, Reed criticized the defense scheme and said Phillips was probably the main reason why he was no longer with the Texans.

Phillips, 66, got a chance to respond on Thursday and took some subtle shots at Reed, including finishing his comments with a Reed line: "Truth is the truth."

“As far as Ed Reed’s comments… from what he said or from what I can gather, I don’t think he’s going to ask me to induct him into the Hall of Fame, give his Hall-of-Fame speech for him,” Phillips said. “But when he does go into the Hall of Fame, wherever I am, I’m going to be clapping my hands and saying ‘well deserved.’ Because he’s been a great, great player in this league.

“Players cut, coaches fired, there are disappointments in this league and in life. And I believe the way you deal with those things tells a lot about what you are and who you are.

“As far as our scheme’s concerned. I think a lot of players have fit into it real well. I just let the record speak for itself. We have seven guys on defense that have been here since I’ve been here and I feel like they have played real well.”

Head coach Gary Kubiak opted to not talk about Reed's comments.

Reed, 35, who was supposed to be the missing piece to a Super Bowl team, was cut after he played minimally against the Cardinals and criticized the team and coaching staff afterward.

On Wednesday, he told Baltimore reporters that after he was cut, Phillips came to see him to basically make sure that he was leaving.

“When we let Ed go, I went down to the training room, I looked him right in the eye, shook hands with him, said thank you,” Phillips said on Thursday. “And I said what I said to y’all that day, it was an honor to coach a guy that’s going to be in the Hall of Fame and I wished him good luck. The truth is the truth.”