In a week filled with coaching adjustments for the Bills, the team announced Wednesday they’ve added nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed to their staff, as an assistant defensive back coach. Reed famously played for the Baltimore Ravens and spent the first seven seasons of his career in Rex Ryan’s defensive system.
“Ed Reed is going to be such a great asset to our team. First off, having spent time with Ed in Baltimore and then in New York—I can attest to the incredibly high level of professionalism he is going to bring with him to Buffalo,” Ryan said in the team’s press release. “All of the things he’s done throughout his entire playing career, such as how he studies film, preparing throughout the week for game days, and things like that, he will impress upon our players. Obviously, he’s played in this system at a MVP-caliber level and he’s a real student of the game. I think he’s going to be a phenomenal coach and I truly believe our players are going to love learning from him.”
Reed was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2003 and 2004, before making six consecutive appearances in the NFL’s All-Star game from 2006-2012. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, when he recorded a career-high nine interceptions and made 62 tackles. Reed’s 64 career interceptions rank sixth-most in NFL history but more impressive are his 1,590 interception return yards, which are the most ever.
In 2013 Reed concluded his playing career, ironically enough as a member of Rex Ryan’s defense with the New York Jets. The future hall of fame safety joins the Bills staff days after Buffalo parted ways with defensive back coach Donnie Henderson and added Ryan’s brother, Rob as the assistant head coach/defense.