Jets' Ed Reed loses to former team
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BALTIMORE - Ed Reed now is 0-2 against his former team in Baltimore this season, losing to the Ravens both as a Texan and a Jet, and he didn't see his team score a touchdown in those games.
In a 19-3 loss, the future Hall of Fame safety played a central role in the game's only touchdown.
Leading 12-3 in the final seconds of the third quarter, the Ravens, knowing they were about to lose the wind at their back for the duration of the game, went deep.
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The Jets expected that, playing a "quarters" defense designed to guard against a long ball.
Somehow, Joe Flacco was able to find Jacoby Jones for a 66-yard scoring pass, even with cornerback Dee Milliner and Reed in the immediate vicinity.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said "that one's kind of a 'Ripley's Believe It or Not.' "
It appeared Reed was unable to locate the ball in the air, but Ryan said, "I'm not going to pin it on any one individual. Certainly not on one guy. Certainly not Ed Reed. He'd probably be third on that list, in all honesty."
Said Reed: "I never really saw the ball. I should have played it different. I probably should have just grabbed Jacoby and took the pass interference instead, given the position I was in."
Reed, like the coaches, said he knew what was coming.
"I mean, they had the wind; it's just that simple," he said. "It was like, here comes a shot . . . What would you do? I tell one of the fastest guys to just run deep and locate the ball, and that's what he did."
Reed made one big play for the Jets, breaking up what would have been a first-quarter touchdown pass in the end zone when he leveled Jones.
Reed initially was flagged, presumably for hitting a defenseless receiver, but after a discussion, the officials waved off the penalty.
Was he surprised to see the flag? "No, no," he said, laughing. "This league has changed so much. It's such a bang-bang play. I've been there before. Many guys are going to be there. You just hope they can get together and make the correct call."
Reed said being back in Baltimore is "always special," even though he ended up on the wrong end of the final score again.
"You hate to be on this side of the fence, but somebody wins and somebody has to lose," he said. "It's a child's game we play. We had fun. We have to make our corrections and have to be ready to play next week."