Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wade Phillips responds to criticism from Ed Reed


On Wednesday, Ed Reed blasted his former defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, along with the Texans, as Reed was clearly bitter at the way things panned out in Houston.

Now, Reed finds himself playing for the New York Jets, but that didn't stop him from bashing Phillips and his ex-club earlier this week, where among other things, he criticized the Texans coaching staff as well as the defensive scheme they employ.

Phillips responded to Reed on Thursday, though. And he took the high road.

“From what I can gather, I don’t think he’s going to ask me to induct him into the Hall of Fame, to give the Hall of Fame speech for him,” Phillips told Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “But when he does go in the Hall of Fame, wherever I am, I’m going to be clapping my hands and saying, ‘Hey, well deserved.’ Because he’s been a great player in this league.”

Phillips also made sure to make light of Reed's future Hall of Fame induction, too.

“There’s disappointments in this league and in life,” Phillips said. “And I believe the way you deal with those things tells a lot about what you are and who you are.”

“When we let Ed go, I went down to the training room. I looked him right in the eye, shook hands with him and I said, ‘Thank you. … It was an honor to coach a guy that’s going to be in the Hall of Fame and I wish you good luck. The truth is the truth.”

When asked by reporters for a response to Phillips' comments, Reed simply said that he was "done with that." And thus the grudge between Reed and the Texans is dead; for now at least.

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