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Wade Phillips takes high road with Ed Reed
Recently signed Jets safety Ed Reed couldn’t leave well enough alone and took a few pointed shots at Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips the other day. Reed, the former Ravens’ safety who got a whopping $5 million in guaranteed salary from the Texans before being released, said Phillips was the reason he was chased out of Houston.
Forget the fact that Reed wasn’t the same player at age 35. And never mind that no other team was willing to pay him nearly as much as the Texans.
We like the way Phillips handled himself, though. While Reed came off as vindictive in ripping Phillips, the veteran coach took the high road with his typically laid-back sense of humor.
“From what I can gather, I don’t think he’s going to ask me to induct him into the Hall of Fame, to give the Hall of Fame speech for him,” Phillips said. “But when he does go to the Hall of Fame, wherever I am, I’m going to be clapping my hands and saying, ‘Hey, well deserved,’ because he’s been a great player in this league.”
Reed claimed Phillips spoke to him after the release and said the coach “came in and basically made sure I was leaving.”
That’s not the way Phillips remembered it.
“When we let Ed go, I went down to the training room,” Phillips said. "I looked him right in the eye, shook hands with him and I said, 'Thank you. ... It was an honor to coach a guy that's going to be in the Hall of Fame, and I wish you good luck. The truth is the truth.’”
Way to keep it classy, coach.