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Thursday, March 14, 2013
What Ed Reed would add to the Texans

By Paul Kuharsky

Ed Reed won’t be a long-term solution if he becomes the Texans new free safety. While he’s sure to make plays, he’s also sure to gamble and miss, and as he's 35 he tends to get banged up, so there is the risk of missing time.

What offsets that?

Well, he’s arguably the best safety of his generation, and he brings a big degree of something Glover Quin didn’t have the résumé to really generate: Swagger.

Call it overrated. But as last season wore on, the Texans lost their swagger. And who on defense outside of J.J. Watt really deserved to have the sort of confidence that breeds a you-can't-beat-me and a you-can’t-beat-us attitude?

Antonio Smith maybe.

Other candidates?

Not cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who wasn’t the same player in his second year with the team, in part because of injuries. Not outside linebacker Connor Barwin, whose play dropped off substantially from the year before. Not outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who missed time while hurt late in the regular season.

A lack of swagger won’t be a problem for the defense if Ed Reed is on the field, and he’s a guy who plays with enough that it rubs off on other guys. He and Watt can provide it in spades.

It’s too bad he can pass only so much on to the offense, where only Andre JohnsonDuane Brown and Arian Foster really have it.

Ed Reed spoke to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle when he got to Houston and said all the things you'd expect.