Ed Reed, known for his great hustle, fearless play, and ballhawk abilities, will now serve as the assistant defensive backs coach with the Buffalo Bills.
Reed played under head coach Rex Ryan during his time with the Ravens, and shortly with the New York Jets as recently as 2013. Ryan was clearly very happy with the addition of Reed.
“Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team. Obviously, he’s played in this system and been an MVP-caliber guy in this system,” Ryan said. “He’s going to be such a great asset for players. He’s a real student of the game as well and he’s going to be a phenomenal coach.”
The new @BuffaloBills assistant DBs coach?
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The future Hall of Famer was one of the greatest safeties to ever play the game. He was an integral part of many great Baltimore Ravens defenses starting with his rookie season in 2002. Over the course of his career, he earned five first team All-Pro recognitions, and had 64 interceptions in 12 seasons.
Reed joins a staff that just recently hired Rob Ryan as an assistant head coach who will also work with the defense. The team announced on Tuesday that defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson would not be returning to the team. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will also reportedly be spending more time helping with the secondary, so the Bills feel that Reed can help strengthen that area.
“Having spent time with Ed in Baltimore and then New York – I can attest to the incredibly high level of professionalism he is going to bring with him to Buffalo,” Ryan said. “He’s going to teach guys how he studies film, bring the guys along and add so much in that way.”
Eight of the 10 players on the Bills’ depth chart in the secondary are listed three years NFL experience or less. If there’s a guy who might be able to teach young players a thing or two about playing secondary in the NFL, it has to be Ed Reed.