Reed: 'It's not going to be an easy road'
Ed Reed and the Baltimore Ravens weren’t supposed to win the Super Bowl last year. But they did.
And that’s part of the message Reed has been trying to relay to his new teammates in Houston.
“We never wavered, like I told (Danieal) Manning when I first got here,” Reed said about last year’s Ravens. “And like I told these guys after we played Baltimore this year. It felt like the same situation, I’m just on the other side. So we knew that we were gonna grow through that situation. And we know now that we’re going to grow through that situation.”
Last year’s Ravens lost to the Texans 43-13 on Oct. 21 and lost four of five games down the stretch heading into the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Then they rattled off four playoff wins and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans.
While the situations are different, the Ravens didn’t lose three in a row until Week 13-15, the message remains the same. Teams can have struggles and make it through to accomplish goals. In fact, sometimes it’s that struggle that makes the team better. After five weeks, the Texans are 2-3.
“You have to go through something to accomplish the goal that we set out to accomplish,” Reed said. “It’s not gonna be an easy road. Truth of the matter is, this is early in the season and we’re learning from it. This is something you can learn and grow from.”
Reed, 35, said he’s had conversations with Schaub about the struggles of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco last season. Flacco was often criticized as being a lower-tier quarterback, the type of guy who wasn’t capable of winning a Super Bowl. Well, he did win a Super Bowl and then received a major pay day in the offseason because of it.
Schaub is similar to Flacco in that sense. Many of his critics say he isn’t good enough to be a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Reed said he has shared Flacco’s experiences with Schaub.
“Me and Matt talked about it a good bit, though his situation is a little different with fans and everything,” Reed said. “That’s a little overboard. Because at the end of the day, this is just a game and if someone is representing your home team, you got to love them through thick and thin.”
Reed talked about the importance of the team growing and, when asked, said part of that growing process is change. Not major change, but minor changes.
“It’s a time when, for me myself, I looked at myself. How can Ed get better? How can Ed be better for the team’s sake and as an individual?” he said. “It’s mirror time for each individual. How can I be better for the team’s sake? And that’s what it’s about. And, yes, that comes with change.
“For us, football season is life within that season. That’s why they say football is a game of life, sports is a game of life. We experience that all in one year. There’s so many emotions that we’ve been through in the last five games that it can only help you grow as a man and as a team. But it’s if you take it that way and change with it. You can’t stay the same going what we’re going through and say, ‘you know what? This is going to work.’ Yeah, it’s going to work, somethings that you do, but you’ve got to change.”