"Coaching ain’t bad," said Ed Reed with a chuckle.
Buffalo Bills assistant defensive backs coach Ed Reed joined the Talk of Fame Network to talk about his time as a player and his new role with the Bills. Reed noted that playing for Rex Ryan is better than coaching with Ryan, but he feels the transition will be smooth. On the field, Reed talked about how he was a coach on the field.
“You know as a player, I was always considered a coach on the field," Reed said. "You know, but that wasn’t just on the field, that was in the locker room as well as in the meeting room."
Reed elaborated on how he'd host his teammates for dinner so they could watch film with one another and to teach players how to watch film.
I used to have guys over to the house... Catering dinners and making sure we were watching film together just to get guys on the same page for one, but also teaching them how to watch film, what to look for, stuff like that.”
In Buffalo, Reed's knowledge of the game will be invaluable to Buffalo's secondary. Buffalo's cornerback play was strong in 2015, but will only get stronger by learning how to watch film with Reed. The real position to watch in 2016 will be Buffalo's safety play. This unit struggled in 2015 after Aaron Williams went on the injured reserve with a neck injury. Reed will be asked to coach up a unit that includes Williams, Corey Graham, Robert Blanton, and others. If he can help this unit improve their play by breaking down film with them, teams will struggle throwing the ball against Buffalo's secondary.
Buffalo added depth and starting talent to their defensive roster in free agency and the draft, but Reed's addition to the coaching staff may prove to be their best defensive addition this offseason.null