The Buffalo Bills announced on Wednesday night that Ed Reed will be joining their coaching staff as assistant defensive backs coach in 2016. Reed certainly knows a thing or two about the position.
The future Hall of Fame safety played in the NFL for 12 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and NY Jets. Reed is very familiar with Bills head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan was with the Ravens as a coach for the first seven seasons of Reed's career and the two reunited in 2013 with the Jets. On Wednesday, Ryan said the following about Reed's addition to the coaching staff:
"Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team," said head coach Rex Ryan. "Obviously he's played in this system and been an MVP caliber guy in this system. He's going to be such a great asset for players. He's a real student of the game as well and he's going to be a phenomenal coach."
In his career, Reed recorded 643 tackles and 64 interceptions while being named to nine Pro Bowl teams five First Team All-Pro teams.
Ryan said he was going all-in on his defense in 2016 and the addition of Reed to the coaching staff makes plenty of sense. The former safety knows the ins and outs of Ryan's scheme and will be able to teach it to Buffalo's cornerbacks and safeties going forward.null