Ed Reed is now a Buffalo Bill.
As an assistant coach, of course, not the Hall of Fame-caliber safety.
To pull this off, head coach Rex Ryan needed to do a little convincing. Reed's son, a New England Patriots fan, was hesitant about Dad heading to Buffalo. Appearing on Showtime's "Inside the NFL," Reed explained how he decided to take this position as assistant defensive backs coach. At the time, he was making turkey nachos for his son when his phone lit up.
It read "Rex Ryan," his old defensive coordinator in Baltimore.
"I was like, 'Whoa, Rex Ryan, what's going on?'" Reed said. "And he's like, 'Eddy Reeeeeed!' He's like, 'How would you like to come coach?' I was like, 'I wouldn't mind it, Coach, I'll think about that.' We started talking some football talk and I told him I would get back to him." (I said) 'I'd have to talk to my son and his mother about the transition if I was going to make that and how would that fare with the family and everything.' And he was like, 'OK, take your time, I'll call you back this weekend.' Well two days later --- it wasn't the weekend --- he called me and he was like, 'So what you thinking?' My son, he wasn't for it at first. He's actually a Patriots fan. So I was like, 'Coach, we got to sell my son a little bit more, man. You've got to get him some gear.' And he was like, 'He can get whatever he wants.'"
And that was that.
Ryan coached Reed in Baltimore and then signed him when he was the head coach of the New York Jets. Through his illustrious 12-year NFL career, Reed totaled 64 interceptions, seven touchdowns, 141 passes defensed and, of course, a Super Bowl triumph in 2012. He's been out of football for two years and will now try to help a Bills defense that fell from fourth overall to 19th under Ryan.
While this is a new challenge for Reed, he believes he's up for it.
"You just have to be able to relate to guys," Reed said. "Relate to players, relate to the person. I've been running my football camp for 14 years, and coaching kids, and trying to help kids out. I mentored a bunch of guys on every level --- high school, college and pros. So I think I've already been a coach for that matter.
"It's gonna take some learning to be a coach. And that takes coaching. I mean, the head coach's job is to coach the coaches, to coach the players. So I'm looking forward to learning, but at the same time, I won't forget that I've learned over time."