Nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed was recently demoted to backup by the Texans. (Larry French/Getty Images)
Safety Ed Reed won a Super Bowl with the Ravens before signing with the Texans this season. The nine-time Pro Bowler accepted a recent demotion like a team player, but he couldn't hold his tongue after the team's seventh consecutive loss Sunday. Reed publicly criticized his teammates and Texans coaches.
Reed said that there were things he couldn’t say because they needed to remain in-house, but he added the Texans were "outplayed and outcoached" in their 27-24 loss to the Cardinals, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"You watching the game and it ain't (a) no-brainer," he said. "Certain situations, it's like we got to get off the field. We need a three-and-out. But you've also got to come on as an offense and move the ball. You can't go three-and-out and put your defense back on the field that quick. And then that [last scoring drive] that they had, I'm looking at it like guys are a little fatigued. Eventually they're going to figure out what you're doing if you're doing the same old things.
“It’s a very humbling game. If I was in the coach’s shoes, maybe I can say a little bit more.”
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Reed played just 13 snaps against the Cardinals. Earlier in the week, he said the last time he wasn't a starter was during his sophomore year at the University of Miami.
“I’m a team player,” he said. “I want what’s best for the team. I’ll do whatever I can to help the team.”
He wasn't the only Texans defender questioning the team's efforts. Defensive end J.J. Watt said that anyone who quits on the Texans doesn’t belong on the team and has no place in his life.