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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