Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Bench Ed Reed

What can you say about Ed Reed that hasn’t already been said? The second half of his season has been flat out stunning and the contrast in his play from the first half to the second nearly on par with Clark Kent and Superman.

Right around the season’s quarter pole, I made the suggestion that maybe Reed should sit. My rationale was simple – if he was so hurt that he couldn’t tackle and he was playing warning track depth in centerfield to avoid contact and simply prevent the big play, wouldn’t he be doing the team a favor by resting and healing?

After the Ravens lost to the Titans back in October, I was even more convinced than ever that Reed should sit. Tackling Titans’ tight end Alge Crumpler seemed to be about as appealing to Reed as a lunch date with Madonna would be for Mrs. A-Rod.

Since my momentary lapse of reasoning of gargantuan proportions, Reed has 10 interceptions and 3 returns for touchdowns and he has been a more physical presence than earlier in the season. Somewhere along the line, Reed learned to play with the injury more efficiently or it has healed markedly. Or maybe he was just setting up opposing quarterbacks (and me) for the stretch run.

That said, this is one piece of humble pie that I find incredibly delicious!

Ed Reed is in a zone! He’s like the hitter who crushes 95 mph lasers on the black like they were beach balls featuring Rosie O’Donnell’s picture. We’ve heard it before and it bears repeating, two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water. The other third is covered by Ed Reed.

Photo by Sabina Moran


Jerry B said...

The only inexplicable thing about Ed Reed's performance is the fact that he came in 3rd in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, which calls into question just what the sports writers are watching! He may just be the best EVER at his position and, if he didn't deserve that award this year, then it should not have been awarded!!!

Anonymous said...

That pick that Reed made where he started on the far right of the field and ended up intercepting the ball in the middle of the field still gives me -- and I'm sure Pennington -- chills. It was an absolute thing of beauty. Mooch went so far as to say that a rookie safety doesn't even THINK about making that kind of play. Now the rest of the team needs to step it up and win the game against the Titans. With Indy out, our chances are legit to go all the way.