“For Baltimore!” — Ed Reed, who finally gets his well deserved ring.
In Ed They Trust
Am I missing something? I mean, the Houston Texans are starting a rookie QB today, right? If so, young Mr. Yates had better keep one eye on his offensive weapons(Johnson, Foster, etc.) and the other eye on #20, Ed Reed. It’s just my humble opinion, but I think Reed will dictate whether or not the Texans have much, if any, success through the air today. More so than the Texans own QB.
Yes, we will hear how the monster of a man, Haloti Ngata will dominate in the trenches. He is that good. Of course we’ll hear about the great Ray Lewis. 52 standing in the middle of the Baltimore defense as a menacing presence & staring into Houston’s backfield, hoping to rattle every bone in the opposition’s body. Lewis will certainly leave his mark on the game, but I have this sneaking suspicion that his good friend Ed Reed will do the same, and in a more dramatic fashion.
You see, Ed Reed doesn’t want to just make a great tackle or defend a long passing play. No, Ed Reed wants to make sure that you know the real estate he roams —about 20 yards in every direction from wherever he may be at any given moment— is his, not yours. You had better not throw a pass up for grabs to your best WR, even if he is Andre Johnson, thinking, “It’s okay, Reed is on the other side of the field.”, because that would be foolish. Not only will Reed pick it off, but he will take it. To. The. House. He plays mind games with QB’s. He does so because he is a student of the game. Priding himself on knowing more about what’s going on than any of the other 21 guys on the field with him every play.
He doesn’t just try to out smart you. Oh, no. He will also lay a lick on a WR & do it within the constraints of the new NFL flag football rules. He will side swipe a RB like a car speeding through a red light. He is a tiger on the prowl for his next prey. Hungry for his next meal of 6 points.
He is one of the best players you will ever watch play defense.
He is Ed Reed, Baltimore’s field general.
Yup, we’re still in a lockout.
But that didn’t stop Joe Flacco from playing some football at his own wedding.
via Shutdown Corner
Steelers go up 7-0, even though Ed Reed delivered a hit with nothing but bad intentions on the play prior.
I am ashamed.
(via NFL Fanhouse)
Ed Reed’s 50th career interception. As a fan, I was thrilled that he pitched the ball to Landry instead of taking the hit.
The Wall Street Journal just had a nice article about Ed Reed and how he has become the all-time leader in interception-return-yard average (minimum 30 INTs). He tops an pretty impressive list.
If the 21st Century NFL adopted the two-way “iron man” playing rules of the sport’s early days, no modern player would have an easier transition than Ravens safety Ed Reed, a defensive player who turns into an offensive playmaker as soon as the ball comes his way.
- Michael David Smith
ps. Long term link to video is here for when the NFL crashes the Youtube par-tay. Allow embedded video already, it’s almost 2011!!!
In depth Ray Lewis interview with Graham Bensinger over on Yahoo’s site.
Pretty good set of videos, but then again I’m a jaded homer. Graham looks terrified at certain points of the interview.
Ladies and gentlemen, 2010 will be Haloti Ngata’s coming out party. Or as Jim Nance says “Ha-LO-teee Na-TAAAAAA!!!”.
Sure he’s already been to a Pro Bowl but this is the year the casual NFL fan starts to hear his name. Ngata is a beast in every definition of the word. At 6’4”/350 lbs Ngata demands a double team, clogs the running lanes, and can dunk a basketball… in his socks! He is third on the Ravens with 44 tackles and ranks first in Bmore with five sacks. What’s a 350 lb nose tackle doing with five sacks? Thanks to Haloti’s dominant performance against the Phins he is your AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
p.s. I’m not sure why Michael Phelps is on the field next to Haloti. Must be the coin toss or something.
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