Tag:Ed Reed
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:01 pm

Ravens defense not up to snuff

Baltimore safety D. Landry, seen here getting run over by Atlanta's J. Snelling for a touchdown, was one reason Baltimore's defense underperformed Thursday (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Ravens defense, last seen allowing a last-minute, game-winning, 80-yard drive to Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Thursday night, is so damn unimpressive, the Baltimore Sun wrote two articles about it today.

Here’s the first, and here’s the second.

Some people might blame second-year defensive coordinator Greg Mattison as one reason why the Ravens have given up six fourth-quarter leads this season, but if you look at last season – Mattison’s first as the DC – Baltimore ranked third in yards allowed (300.5 yards per game) and third in scoring (16.3 points).

The Ravens, it should be noted, rank 11th and eighth, respectively, this season. Which, you know, doesn’t put them in line for worst defense ever.

As Sun columnist Mike Preston sees it, however, the problem is a lack of talent. And he might be on to something. Baltimore has LB Ray Lewis, DT Haloti Ngata, S Ed Reed and LB Terrell Suggs. And who else exactly?

The secondary, meanwhile, continues to struggle badly, and the Ravens have a tough time rushing the passer (entering Thursday’s game, they ranked tied for 22nd with only 14 sacks on the season).

Writes Preston:

So if you blitz, your cornerbacks are exposed. If you don't, then a quarterback such as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will pick you apart given time. It's basically a no-win situation, but it's not like we all didn't know this going into training camp.

Certainly, there is a real concern here about how far the Ravens can go in the postseason facing a potential quarterback list of Brady, Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Just like Atlanta rolled out a spread formation, so will these other teams. I suspect that once the criticism of Mattison dies down, some will be directed at general manager Ozzie Newsome.

For all this talk about how the Ravens are Super Bowl contenders, it makes it difficult to believe those proclamations if their defense continues to falter. Obviously, they’ve got wonderful receivers, a sturdy quarterback and running back dynamo. Offense isn’t the problem.

But what’s been so dominant the past decade in Baltimore is, right now, the unit that could kill its chances for a deep postseason run.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 3:53 pm

The Ravens have missed Ed Reed

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Count the return of Ravens FS Ed Reed as an unmitigated success.

Baltimore’s most-important defensive back – one of the most important players on his team – made his 2010 debut after he came off the Physically Unable to Perform list this week following offseason hip injury. He looked like he hadn’t missed any time at all. Entering the fourth quarter, he’s recorded two interceptions and a forced fumble.

The rest of the secondary has struggled today against Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Reed has been a steadying force. After his second pick, though, he went to the locker room limping a bit.

With backup Tom Zbikowski out with a heel injury, the Ravens briefly turned to Haruki Nakamura to play FS before Reed returned to the game.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: October 24, 2010 12:06 pm

Week 7 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active today:

Jaguars QB Todd Bouman (who will get the start; Trent Edwards will be the backup); Titans QB Vince Young (see below); Chargers TE Antonio Gates; Ravens TE Todd Heap; Titans WR Kenny Britt (who got into a bar altercation late this week).

David Garrard, QB, Jaguars: This will be the first time since the season finale in 2007 that Garrard won't start at QB for Jacksonville. He suffered a concussion last week against the Titans, and he's not going to play this week.

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He's been dealing with a finger injury, but coach Todd Haley has said that wasn't the reason he was inactive last week (and probably the same reason he's been deactivated today). Mainly, he hasn't been very good. Chambers, by the way, wasn't on the injury report this week.

Vince Young (active), QB, Titans: He was a gameday decision after sustaining a high ankle sprain last week. He tried to work out this morning, but apparently, it didn't go well enough for him to get the start. Kerry Collins will be the signal caller today.

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals: This is a big loss for the Bengals. Joseph, who's been dealing with a bad forearm, is one of the best young corners in the NFL. This news should make Falcons WR Roddy White a happy boy.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers:
It's unfortunate for Floyd that he's dealing with a hamstring issue. The Patriots, the team San Diego is playing today, is succeptible in its pass defense. This could have been a big day for him.

Tom Zbikowski, FS, Ravens: It's a good thing Ed Reed will make his season debut today.

Aaron Maybin, LB, Bills:
He's been a disaster this year, playing 13 or fewer snaps in four of Buffalo's five games this year. As coach Chan Gailey says, Maybin is simply struggling to make plays. Which is not good for a 2009 first-round draft pick.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 8:40 pm

Report: Jared Gaither going to season-ending IR

Posted by Will Brinson

The Baltimore Ravens will open up a roster spot to bring Ed Reed back to the active roster by placing tackle Jared Gaither on injured reserve, according to a report.

Adam Schefter of ESPN cites a league source who indicates the move will take place soon, in order to facilitate bringing Reed back after he missed the first six weeks of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Gaither's been dealing with a back injury since the beginning of training camp, missing the preseason and regular season thus far.

It's a shame to see Gaither go out this way, especially since his play was so strong over the past two years; he's only signed through this year, and depending on how his likely inevitable surgery goes, he might struggle to get a good deal on the market in 2011.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:04 pm

Welcoming back key safeties

Posted by Andy Benoit

Week 7 is the week players can come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Thus, the best ball-hawking safety in each conference – Darren Sharper of the Saints and Ed Reed of the Ravens – both returned to practice on Wednesday.
So will they play Sunday?"I wouldn't rule it out and I wouldn't say it's a definite," Sean Payton said of Sharper, according to Kristian Garic of WWL.

Sharper’s assessment was, "Yeah, if it went on my gut, I'm ready to play."

Of course, it doesn’t go on his gut – it goes on his surgically-repaired knee. The Saints want to see how that knee responds to a few days of practice. New Orleans has been OK without Sharper, ranking seventh in total pass defense. However, they have just four interceptions on the season.

The Ravens managed to produce the NFL’s third-rated pass defense during Reed’s absence, but, obviously, they’ll be even better off with the future Hall of Famer on the field.

Reed is coming off hip surgery, and he still has some nerve impingements in his neck and shoulder areas. He’s sore but expects to play against the Bills.

"I've been working out tremendously hard to come back from this surgery," Reed told Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. "Like I said, I'm feeling good, but I've still got some things in there. We're going to play ball when we're out there."

The Packers also got their safety, Atari Bigby, back this week. He was on PUP with an ankle injury. Mike McCarthy has not said whether Bigby (or Bigby’s teammate, Al Harris, who is also off PUP) will play Sunday night.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:33 am

Reed will start practicing with Ravens

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the best teams in the NFL is about to get one of its best players back on the field.

Reed According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, Ravens S Ed Reed, who’s eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Play list this week, has been “cleared to move around” and start practicing.

That’s great news for Reed, still one of the best free safeties in the game at the age of 32 who had offseason hip surgery that has kept him off the field. It’s also pretty good news for the Ravens, who have the third-ranked defense in the NFL. And although the Ravens secondary was supposed to be the team’s weakness this season, Baltimore is No. 2 in pass defense, allowing 156.6 yards per game. 

Imagine how good the Ravens can be when Reed is suiting up on gameday.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 7:43 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 7:59 pm

Ed Reed to PUP

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting that, as expected, the Baltimore Ravens will place Ed Reed on the PUP list. This means the future Hall of Fame safety will miss the first six weeks of the season.

Reed is still recovering from offseason hip surgery for a torn labrum. Tom Zbikowski will fill in at free safety in the meantime. The Ravens expected this -- that's part of the reason they brought in Ken Hamlin.

The Ravens probably wish Reed could somehow miss six games in November or December. In those fist six games the Ravens will face the Jets, Bengals, Steelers and Patriots.  

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:49 am

Rex Ryan says Ed Reed will play Week 1

Posted by Will Brinson

Rex Ryan, as you know, is the head coach of the New York Bleeping Football Jets. However, before he became a semi-celeb for his work on "Hard Knocks," Ryan was the defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.

As such, he has at least a fair amount of knowledge regarding their players and schemes and whatnot. And he says, according to the Baltimore Sun , Ed Reed WILL PLAY in Week 1 against the Jets.

"Somebody asked me about Ed Reed saying, 'You know Ed Reed hasn’t practiced,'" Ryan said.

"I said, guys, Ed Reed will play this game. Now he might not play the second game, third game or fourth game, whatever, but Ed Reed is going to play this game. I think part of that is a respect thing. He knows how disappointed I would be if he didn’t play. I want to win the game, but I want to play against Ed. I want them at their best and I know they will be."

Now, the obvious implication here is that Reed doesn't care about the rest of the season as long as he gets a shot to go after his old coach.

And while that reeks of hubris to the highest degree, it actually makes a lot of sense -- Reed is the type of guy where it would be fair to predict that he'll want to get at Ryan and the Jets, who have been running their mouths non-stop since they got booted from the playoffs last year.

It might still be a long shot, but if Rex is right, you can bet that he helped his cause by sending a text or two Reed's way.

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