Yesterday the New York Jets signed former Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans safety Ed Reed. I honestly think signing Reed was a great decision, mainly because of the leadership he will bring to the team. Especially to the other safeties. Josh Bush came up to Reed during practice and introduced himself as Reed’s shadow. He wants to learn from Reed. Here’s something head coach Rex Ryan said about the leadership aspect of Reed:
I think the big thing is Ed’s just going to play and people will naturally look at him, follow him.
Rex is completely right. The Jets have had issues of lack of leadership in the locker room, that would end right here. Reed isn’t about himself, he is about the team. Listening to Reed’s interview yesterday shows that. Here’s something he said yesterday that shows that he is willing to do whatever the Jets ask, a true sign of a leader:
They had a good thing going here before I can. I didn’t plan on rocking boats. I don’t plan on being different from who I am, but if Coach wants me to start, I’ll start. If he wants me to play on Sub, Dime, whatever it may be, I will do that. If he wants me to rush kicks, if he wants me to run on kickoffs, I’ll do that. I’m here to help the team win. If that’s coaching the young guys up on their technique, that’s what I’m going to do.
He wants to do whatever the Jets ask. He will help our other safeties with techniques and such. The leadership he will bring to this team, can’t even be measured. I can guarantee it will help.