Ed Reed: Wade Phillips is 'probably the reason' I was released

Ed Reed doesn't have such fond memories of his stint in Houston. (USATSI)
Ed Reed's tenure with the Texans lasted two forgettable months. After managing just 16 tackles and no picks or passes defended in eight games, Houston released Reed last week, and two days later he signed with the Jets.

Speaking with the media Wednesday ahead of the Jets' matchup with the Ravens, Reed talked about the circumstances that led to the Texans cutting him.

"I don't even know how to describe it," he said of his short stint in Houston (via the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson). "It was some interesting stuff I experienced with a different organization."

And while Reed conceded he didn't have problems with most of the Texans coaching staff, he did say that, in hindsight, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is "probably the reason I'm not there," adding: "That defense is not a good fit for a lot of people, not just me. The truth is the truth. ...

"You got to look at the play-calling and put your players in position to make plays," he continued.

So what did Reed and Phillips talk about when he was released?

The Texans signed Reed to a three-year, $15 million contract in the offseason. At the time, most people thought it was a bad deal. Turns out, Houston would've been better off spending 70 bucks on a scarecrow and sticking him in the middle of the field. He'd be just as mobile, only a fraction the cost, and wouldn't publicy blame his coach. It would also be one less thing Texans general manager Rick Smith would have to explain in his end-of-season meeting with owner Bob McNair.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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