Ed Reed has not had the impact on the secondary Rex Ryan had hoped for. Credit: Getty Images
Three weeks ago, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said signing Ed Reed had “nothing to do with sentiment.” Maybe not but it has proven to have nothing no impact on performance either.
Since signing the future Hall of Fame safety, the Jets' pass defense has gotten worse and the three opponents are not exactly among the elite passing offenses in the NFL. As of Week 13, all of the Jets' last three opponents were in the bottom half of the league in passing offense. And the Jets somehow managed to make each opponent look efficient.
In the nine games before Reed's arrival, the Jets allowed a 59 percent completion percentage. In three games with Reed, all of which have been losses, that number has shot up to a completion percentage of 67 percent.
It isn't all Reed's fault, but he hasn't helped matters as expected.
The passing yards conceded are up substantially with Reed as well. Without Reed in the secondary, the Jets conceded 248 passing yards per game. With Reed, all games where he has gotten substantial snaps, the Jets have allowed an average of 283 yards per game. Again those are substantial increases, against offenses not exactly known as being among the best in the league.
The signing of Reed may not have been, in the words of Ryan, about “sentiment.” But given these numbers, continuing to start him could cost the Jets victories.