By Jay Betsill
The Houston Texans are coming of their seventh consecutive loss, dropping Sunday afternoon’s road contest to the Arizona Cardinals 27-24.
Ed Reed, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety who was the Texans biggest off-season free agent signing was quoted after the game that the Texans were “outplayed and outcoached.” Reed played in only 13 snaps as a backup against the Cardinals.
“You watching the game and it ain’t (a) no-brainer,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Certain situations, it’s like we got to get off the field. We need a three-and-out. But you’ve also got to come on as an offense and move the ball. You can’t go three-and-out and put your defense back on the field that quick. And then that (last scoring drive) that they had, I’m looking at it like guys are a little fatigued. Eventually they’re going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things.”
Reed, who was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract in March was officially released by the team on Tuesday afternoon. A first round pick in 2002, Reed has 61 career interceptions and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 while a member of the Baltimore Ravens, where he spent his first 11 NFL seasons.
The Texans also placed starting running back Arian Foster on injured reserve. Foster, who according to ESPN is scheduled to have back surgery in Los Angeles this week, joins star linebacker Brian Cushing on the season-ending injured reserve list in what has turned into a nightmare season for a team that began the year with Super Bowl aspirations.