Reed blames Phillips, says he’s prob­lem with Tex­ans

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OWINGS MILLS, MD. | Ed Reed in­sists Houston Tex­ans de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips is do­ing a poor job, and the safety was re­leased by the team ear­lier this month be­cause Reed spoke up about it.

Now with the New York Jets, Reed said in a con­fer­ence call with the Bal­ti­more me­dia on Wed­nes­day that the Houston de­fense “is not a good fit for a lot of peo­ple who are still down there.”

Reed was waived by the Tex­ans in the wake of a loss to Ari­zona on Nov. 10. Af­ter the game, he said, “Cer­tain sit­u­a­tions we just got out­played and out­coached.”

On Wed­nes­day, Reed said, “The truth is the truth. You’ve got to put your play­ers in a po­si­tion to make plays.”

Asked if he talked to Phillips, Reed said, “[He] ba­si­cally just made sure I was leav­ing. Hon­estly, of all peo­ple, he’s prob­a­bly the guy, the rea­son I’m not there.”

The Tex­ans said Phillips was not avail­able Wed­nes­day for com­ment, but would be avail­able to speak on Thurs­day.

Reed spent his en­tire ca­reer with the Ravens be­fore sign­ing as a free agent with Houston dur­ing the off­sea­son.

This will be his sec­ond game this sea­son in Bal­ti­more.

Houston wide re­ceiver An­dre John­son, who also played with Reed at Mi­ami, said, “Peo­ple feel cer­tain ways. Maybe that’s how he felt when he was here. Other than that, I re­ally can’t speak on it. That’s Ed’s feel­ings.”

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