Reed: 'It's not going to be an easy road'
Ed Reed tried to explain the dichotomy between athletes and their fans on Thursday.
Reed, 35, considers himself to be a sports fan and said while fans certainly feel pain when their favorite team loses, it doesn’t compare to the pain felt by the players who lost after playing badly, in this case: Matt Schaub.
“When somebody is doing bad, I know fans hurt like we hurt when we lose games, but no one hurts like the person who is going through it,” he said after being asked about parallels to Joe Flacco’s struggles last year and Schaub’s struggles this season. “You can never compare it to the pain that they’re going through when something happens, man, like losing someone. It’s like how do you answer, how do you comment on that? It’s always tough for all of us to comment on somebody when they’ve lost someone because you’re just not feeling their pain though you have lost someone. But at that particular time, it’s hard to relate.”
Reed said he’s talked to Schaub about the struggles of Flacco in Baltimore last season but said the situations were different because of the way fans have been so tough on Schaub, which he said is a “little overboard.”
“Because at the end of the day,” he said, “this is just a game and if someone is representing your home team, you got to love them through thick and thin.”
Reed also said he wanted to hear the fans this Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
“That’s what we’ve been doing the whole time, one focus. One goal. One sound. One band,” he said when asked about the team sticking together. “We need the city to be that way too, regardless of situations, mistakes. We need to that 12th man this week against St. Louis. If you want to come out and you want to come to Matt’s house, make sure you scream when St. Louis is coming to the stadium or when anyone is coming to the stadium.”
Reed was asked if fans in Baltimore turned on the team when the Ravens began to struggle. He said it wasn’t the whole city – it’s never the whole city.
“It’s always a couple people that feel like they’re the coaches, that they’re right here in the locker room, that they’re the ones working,” he said. “You’re not in the gym with us. You’re not in the gym, so I don’t really know how to take it because I’ve been on that side. I am a fan too and I know how much support and just like it’s our livelihood, for some people – I hate to say it – it’s they’re livelihood.
“They’re putting the pennies on it. But we’re not telling you to put the pennies on it. You put your pennies on something that’s not guaranteed, it’s a game. A game is not guaranteed to supply those pennies for you if you’re sitting on your couch right now playing fantasy football. I hate to say it but it’s the truth. It’s the truth. But at the same time, we’re here to win. You’re not going to be that perfect team. It’s the NFL, man. You’re just not going to be that perfect team.”