Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets safety Ed Reed (22) looks at the scoreboard during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M

A Look Back at John Idzik’s Inaugural New York Jets’ Season: Ed Reed

Good morning, happy Tuesday. Let us continue to look back at the first season of general manager John Idzik. Specifically, we are looking at John’s moves from the first year in his tenure of the New York Jets. We have gotten into the signings as of late, talking about David Nelson, and we talked about Ben Obomanu and Antwan Barnes.

Now, we go back and look at a signing that goes back into the past of Rex Ryan, and his glory days in Baltimore.  This player certainly had a lot of glory days in Baltimore.

ED REED: Besides the offense, what the Jets needed was secondary help. What is smarter than bringing in a guy that already knows your system? Not only does Ed Reed know the system, he has spent many years prospering in that system. Over 11 years in Baltimore, Reed posted 61 interceptions. So the Jets knew they were bringing in a guy that could help.

How much could help? He is 35 years old, definitely past his prime. There had to have been a reason he couldn’t stay With the Texans. How good is this guy anymore? Coming off of injury, he hadn’t played much.

And when he came over, he was starting, and playing most of the snaps. That went very badly. Putting Antonio Allen on the bench and Reed starting every play is a bad idea, and 99 times out of 100, that time of move is criticized, especially in New York. Ed had trouble tackling, and trouble with deep passes towards him. It seemed like a huge mistake.

Then, they set up a more even split of snaps between Reed and Allen, and Reed prospered, marking an interception in three of the final four games.

His effect on others is worth its weight as well. He is studious in the class room, and team members have noted it. Dee Milliner seemed to be quite effected by Reed’s arrival, sitting next to him at all meetings, and absorbing everything.

Ed Reed can help the other players with positioning on the field, and the influence on Dee was there as well. It is really no surprise that anyone played well after his influences, and Dee was no different. It is no coincidence that Milliners’ play improved with Reed’s arrival. Helping others learn to “Play Like a Jet”, all the time getting a little bit of time to do his own thing. It’s great. I give the move a solid B-.

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  • Paul Newbold

    For leadership and mentoring the young safeties, the signing was well worth it. As the article says he’s past his prime and showed it on the field more then not. I’ve read many fans posts elsewhere (nobody seems to post here anymore) calling for the Jets to sign him for next year. In my opinion it would be better for both Reed and the Jets if they gave him an assignment with the coaching staff. He knows the system, and who better to teach it hands on. I think a better option is bring in a veteran safety via free agency to replace him on the field. Byrd from Philly comes to mind, though he would be expensive.

    • TheJetPress

      That’s not unfair to say Paul. I don’t think I would have a problem if he was a coach rather than on the field. I don’t think he is done on the field though. I think he can add something, in a part time role.

      • Paul Newbold

        I agree he might have something left, maybe on another team he could contribute part time. But for the Jets to use a roster spot for an aging veteran to play a part time role, seems to be a waste of a roster spot. That spot could be used to develop a younger player, or as I said a veteran safety to start. Reed would be better served as well as the organization, if he took a coaching staff job. Over they years I’ve always hated to see a great player play past his time and struggle. In my opinion Reed is a future HOF, and I’d hate to see him go out in a part time role while struggling to help the team.

        • Alan Schechter

          I can’t disagree with that. Watching older players play longer than their abilities let them is always kind of sad to watch.

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