Ed Reed hasn't played for the Baltimore Ravens for nine months, so I understand if some scoff at the attention the future Hall of Fame safety is getting on the Ravens team page. But Reed will be remembered as one of the greatest players to play for this franchise, which makes his release Tuesday newsworthy in these circles.
Some have speculated that the New York Jets could show interest in Reed because of the ties with Rex Ryan. If that happened, Reed would play in Baltimore again this season, when the Jets visit M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 24.
Let's take a look at the reaction and opinions on Reed ...
Mike Preston, of The Baltimore Sun: Reed should retire after taking the Texans to the bank ($5 million guaranteed).
John Eisenberg, of the team's official website: It would surprise me if Ravens decided Reed could help them in 2013. Doesn't play offensive line.
Childs Walker, of The Baltimore Sun: Reed couldn't call out the Texans' coaching staff and not expect consequences. He lost his "great player privileges."
Morgan Adsit, of Fox 45 in Baltimore: Don't hold your breath, Ravens fans, unless Ed Reed grows five inches, gains 100 pounds and is suddenly an offensive lineman. Not gonna happen.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: Ravens are spot-on about Ed Reed. ... Old and slow.
And here's the rest of your wake-up caw:
Eisenberg, from the team website, points out that the Ravens find themselves in the thick of the playoff race because of the mediocrity in the AFC. "They certainly haven’t wowed anyone, including themselves, and they know they need to play better to make good things happen," Eisenberg wrote. "But when you step back and put their season in context, measured against the competition, they’re far from buried and gone."
Jeff Zrebiec, of The Baltimore Sun, explains why safety James Ihedigbo has become a leader on defense despite joining the team less than 15 months ago. "Go back and watch a replay of how he reacts to the Hail Mary play," Zrebiec wrote. "Ihedigbo knew he made a mistake on the A.J. Green 51-yard, game-tying touchdown as time expired and didn’t need a reminder. However, when fired-up cornerback Jimmy Smith launched a verbal tirade in Ihedigbo’s direction on the sideline as the Ravens prepared for overtime, Ihedigbo didn’t return the verbal fire, get in Smith’s face or add to the scene. He took it, let cooler heads prevail and then went out and made a play to get the Ravens the ball back."
Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, tackles the question of whether Joe Flacco can raise his play down the stretch. "The Ravens need Flacco to throw more accurately and to make better decisions than he has the past two weeks," Brown wrote. "For the Ravens to play their best football, they will need better football from Flacco."
The Press Box takes a look at how the Ravens stack up in the AFC playoff race.