Reed: Texans were 'outplayed and outcoached'
The Texans lost their seventh straight game on Sunday, this time falling to the Cardinals 27-24. They are now 0-7 since the return of Ed Reed, who criticized his team after the most recent loss.
“Certain situations, we just got outplayed and outcoached,” said the 35-year-old Reed, who has been relegated to dime package duty and is no longer a starter.
Reed played just 32 snaps against the Colts and had a similar role on Sunday. He was asked if he was surprised about how little he played against the Cardinals.
“Of course, man. I'm doing what I'm told,” Reed said to reporters in the locker room in Arizona. “But at the same time, I know a lot of football, I know a lot about football. I know a lot about this game. I'm not just watching it blind man.
“The stuff I do know, I can't say to you guys because it is a team sport and I do look at it from a coach perspective as well. So it's a lot of soul searching from top to bottom that needs to be done as coaches and as players. I'm not perfect and I know I'm held to higher standards because of what I've done in the past but that was the past. I'm a totally different player now. Even when I did go out there, the ball didn’t go my way, but that’s neither her nor there, man. Like I said, I know football. In certain situations, we just didn't do well.”
J.J. Watt elected to not give a comment on Reed’s assertion that the Texans were “outplayed and outcoached.”
The Texans blew another first-half lead on Sunday. They were up three points going into the third quarter and had outgained the Cardinals 194-140. But the Cardinals outgained them 192-41 in the second half.
“Certain situations, it's like we have to get off the field,” Reed said about the second half. “We need a three-and-out and you also have to come on as an offense and move the ball, can't go three-and-out, put your defense back on the field that quick.
“And then that drive that they had, me, I'm looking at it like guys are a little fatigued. I know if you don't control the ball as much offensively and defensively, you're going to get fatigued. They're going to get plays. Eventually, they're going to figure out what you're doing if you're doing the same things.”
The Texans are 2-7 heading into their three-game stretch at home. They’ll play the Raiders, Jaguars and Patriots at Reliant Stadium in the next three weeks. The team was thinking Super Bowl a couple of months ago, now the season is in complete disarray.
“It's obviously upsetting to all of us,” interim head coach Wade Phillips said. “Our teams going to stick together, I can tell you that. They're going to come back and work hard to do the right things to change it. It's one of those years evidently that we haven't had a lot of good things go for us.”