Phillips thought Reed would be Watt of secondary

Phillips thought Reed would be Watt of secondary
November 14, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Will Reed bring anything to the Jets?

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Ed Reed’s time in Houston came to an end after less than eight months. Reed was brought to the Texans to be a key contributor for a Super Bowl-caliber team.

That didn’t happen.

Reed was released on Tuesday and signed with the Jets on Thursday.

On Thursday, hours after Reed joined the Jets, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was asked if he expected to get more out of the nine-time Pro Bowler.

“Yeah, I think that’s probably an understatement,” Phillips said. “We all thought he was going to be J.J. Watt of the secondary. And things didn’t work out that way.”

When asked why things didn’t work out in Houston, Phillips said Reed’s offseason hip surgery probably played a big role. Phillips pointed out that Reed missed the entire offseason and training camp and couldn’t play until Week 3.

After the Cardinals game, Reed said the Texans were “outplayed and outcoached.” On Monday, Phillips seemed annoyed by the comments and said it’s the team’s policy to keep those things in-house. On Thursday, he said he wasn’t bothered by the comments. He echoed head coach Gary Kubiak’s reason for cutting Reed, that his playing time had diminished and they had younger players they wanted to get in.

Before being asked any questions at his Thursday press conference, Phillips started off talking about Reed, who signed with the Jets earlier in the day.

“It really was kind of a privilege and an honor to have coached a future Hall of Fame player,” he said. “And you can tell by his intangibles why, probably why he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame. The guy was great around the locker room. Did all the right things and wanted to do things well. And I wish him well with the Jets.”

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