Ed Reed buys a ticket on Scapegoat Airlines

January 18, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Ed Reed buys a ticket on Scapegoat Airlines

I can’t believe a decorated veteran like Ed Reed fell for one of the oldest tricks in the media handbook.

I figured he was smarter than that.

Reed bit the hook on a Sirius/XM radio interview Tuesday afternoon, authoring several interesting and now nationally-viral quotes about his team’s quarterback, offensive line, running back and, indirectly, the coaching staff.

The guys at Sirius/XM are loving all the free publicity today, as they should.  It’s not often you get a standout player to say dumb things the week of one of the biggest games of his life.

I’m not sure why Ed Reed spoke out like that on Tuesday.  I know the Ravens are equally curious as to why he would have picked Tuesday to suddenly get microphone fever.  Reed had to know there was nothing to be gained from it.  Zero, nada, zilch. There’s no way anyone in the Ravens organization welcomed him in for a cup of coffee this morning and said, “Hey, Ed, thanks for bringing up all those issues on national radio yesterday…that’s just what we needed.”

One Ravens source says the fact that Reed spoke out at all was “stunning”.  That’s a fair word.  Reed doesn’t really like the media, doesn’t like talking to the media and, as you may or may not have noticed over the last few years, the Ravens have gone out of their way to shield him from the press whenever possible.

Somehow, though, Reed snuck through the cracks on Tuesday and became the source of an interview with Sirius/XM.

Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy, except when it’s the week of the AFC Championship Game.  Honesty is always the best policy, except when it’s probably the last game – or two, depending on the outcome – of your career.  Honesty is always the best policy, except when your opponent is obeying Media-Relations-101 and not uttering a negative word throughout the days leading up to the big game.

Tuesday wasn’t the day for Ed Reed to be honest.  Tuesday was the day for Ed Reed to be smart.  And he wasn’t.

But that’s over with now.  And there’s really no sense beating Reed up for it anymore.   He was chastised enough at The Castle this morning, he doesn’t need additional piling on to take place at his expense.

There is good news for Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco in this mess.

Reed just joined them in the first class section on Scapegoat Airlines.

A Ravens loss on Sunday in New England will have lots of people pointing the finger at his ill-timed national radio act and claiming it was, in part, responsible for the defeat to the Patriots.

A win…and no one remembers what Reed said.

A loss…and he’ll be the subject of the same witch hunt Cameron and Flacco are involved in.

Enjoy your first class seat, Ed.  Next time, just nestle into seat 23F in coach and leave the honesty to someone else.

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  1. Carlos Henry Says:

    It seems like whenever there is finger pointing among Ravens players it is always the defense throwing the offense under the bus. I didn’t hear Joe or Ray Rice piling on Ed when he was whiffing on running backs. But just because Reed should not have said what he said publicly does not mean that his opinion is false. Joe does need to step up his game. Joe wants respect is what it sounds like to me and here is how he can get it: He doesn’t have to put up the video game numbers of Drew Brees or Tom Brady but he does need to make the plays that are there to be made the majority of the time. Joe will never be one of the elite QB’s in the league but he should be a more consistent QB than he has been. He has too good of an arm and appears to be bright enough to perform better game in and game out than he has. Too often he resembles the player fans gushed over when he was a rookie, which was great then, but isn’t nearly good enough in his fourth year. I think I speak for all genuine Ravens fans Joe when I say, “We love ya. You are our quarterback and the best one in the history of this franchise. But the team needs more from you if you guys want to beat New England and the Giants or Niners in the Super Bowl. I think you know that better than anyone.”

  2. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    Ill advised, but an honest expression of frustration shared by many. The defense may just be frustrated at having to repeatedly “bail out” the less than efficient offense. In my “opinion” all Flacco needs to get to the next level is better coaching! Bisciotti was ready to fire Cameron at the end of last season but for the loomig labor strife. When that occurs, I expect you to rant at Bisciotti the way you have at your listeners!

  3. Cliff Says:

    The recent “friendly confrontation” between Ed Reed-Joe Flacco actually could have originated from a source that might not be expected and would not want to be identified; None other than Head Coach John Harbaugh. He certainly would not want to upset the delicate balance that a coach and starting quarterback share; but at the same time, put a ‘little fire’ into Flacco.

    This has played out before when the coach goes to a confiding friend to deliver a ‘message’ to a quarterback without upsetting a ‘delicate relationship’; I remember seeing in old films that Joe Namath was ‘elected’ Captain of the Jets in order to “settle” him down. Also, I think Namath was delivered messages from a ‘confiding’ friend on the team from Coach Weeb Ewbank, although it might have been another team, another time, and another head coach-starting quarterback combination.

  4. Franchise Says:

    Spin this national media hype fued into a positive:

    “It’s Us Against The World” at Foxborough, MA on Sunday at 3PM

    —-7 and 1/2 point disrespected Vegas line underdogs!!!—-

    Regards,

    Raymond Berry

    PS–The football gods are firing-up the Mayflower Vans to the IRSAY Oil Drum Dome for the Lombardi Trophy Presentation!!!!

  5. jake Says:

    Maybe Ed Reed seemed a little rattled when he couldnt even remotely tackle the bengels BACKUP RB on his was to a TD.

  6. Russ Says:

    Reed’s ill-timed, ill conceived, stupid comments really don’t surprise me. I suspect he was at the forefront during Billick’s last year, alongside Rex, dividing the locker team, and leading the way, to throwing Billick under the bus. Billick deserved a better fate than being stabbed in the back by his defense. I truly believed it was time for a change, but totally disagreed in the process. There is probably a lot that went on, behind the scenes that we may never know, but I have my suspicions on the characters involved. Okay, Boller was a bad QB…besides his lack of accuracy, he was a basket case in the huddle. When a game got tense, you could see how rattled he looked…his personality just didn’t fit the profile. A team, or any organization, looks at their leader for guidance in a pressure situation. Boller was too excitable to have leadership qualities. At least Flacco, seems to stay calm, and keep the target in his sights. A good quality, as he continues to improve and grow, going forward.

  7. tsnamm Says:

    Ed is actually out there seeing it on the field…his opinion has more credibility than ours…Joe does hold the ball far too long, and has since he became a starter…that being said all Joe needs to do is have a game like Alex Smith did last week and it’s all forgotten…it can’t just be up to the defense to win this one, everybody show up and we head to Indy for Super Harbowl or a rematch with the Giants…just win baby!

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