Ed Reed Almost Applied for Patriots DB Coaching Job, Wants to Join Ravens Staff

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with the VInce Lombardi trophy after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed said Friday he's interested in a return to coaching and considered applying with the New England Patriots as a defensive backs coach.

Reed, who spent the 2016 season as the Buffalo Bills' assistant DB coach, told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports he'd prefer a coaching opportunity with the Baltimore Ravens, the team where he spent the first 11 years of his NFL career.

The 40-year-old University of Miami product was hired by Rex Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Ravens, during the latter's time as the Bills head coach. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection wasn't retained by the organization when it fired Ryan following the 2016 campaign.

Reed, Baltimore's first-round pick in the 2002 NFL draft, discussed his leadership style with Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun ahead of his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

"You don't have to say anything for people to follow you," he said. "If you're doing the right things, they're going to see what you're doing first, before you open your mouth. And if you're doing the right things, when you open your mouth, then they're going to know you mean business."

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His status as one of the most decorated players of his era demands attention.

Reed was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, made an All-Pro First Team five times and won Super Bowl XLVII as a member of the Ravens.

It's unclear whether he's directly expressed interest to Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh about joining the staff, but it's a surprise the team hasn't found a place for him if that's the case.