Ed Reed Hints at Desire For Baltimore Ravens Return
By Brett Foote
Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) during the blackout delay against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Ed Reed is no doubt one of the greatest players and leaders to ever be employed by the Baltimore Ravens. And he is still beloved by fans, some of whom would love to see him back on the team in some capacity, whether that be as a player or a coach. Reed, now a host on Showtime’s Inside the NFL program, hinted on Thursday’s broadcast that he would be interested in a reunion as well.
In light of the Ray Rice situation, Reed was asked who he believed was the soul of the Baltimore Ravens, to which he simply responded “I’m sitting right here.” Reed went on to say that there is a “definitely a different mentality” on the Ravens since he left. Reed called out the players who are currently on the roster, challenging them to step up.
“I think the whole team has to rally around themselves as a group,” Reed said. “They have to talk among themselves and say this is our team at the end of the day. It’s not the organization so much the people upstairs. It has to be the team that sticks up.”
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A lot of fans would be beside themselves if the Ravens were to bring back Reed, who obviously would welcome a reunion. Unfortunately he looked to be pretty much finished in limited duty with the New York Jets last season, leading to the lack of interest in his services as a player this offseason. Any impact on the field would likely be minimal.
But we all know that Ed Reed is a great leader, and could very easily have a career in coaching if he so desires. It’s unlikely that the Ravens bring him in now, but perhaps sometime down the road they could hire him as an assistant, allowing him to work his way up into a more prominent position. For now, it’s likely just a pipe dream for Reed and fans alike.