Reed: Cowboys had a 'simple' game plan

January, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

At some point during the Ravens' 33-24 win over the Cowboys three weeks ago, NFL Network's Marshall Faulk revealed that linebacker Ray Lewis told to him before the game that the Cowboys had a "simple" offense. Honestly, the comments didn't get a lot of play after the game and we all moved on with our lives.

But when Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed appeared on "The Michael Irvin Show" on 103.3 ESPN today, he decided to revisit the issue. And the funny thing is that he wasn't really prompted to go off on Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Irvin asked him about the Cowboys-Ravens game, and here's what Reed said:

"That was a real simple game plan that they attacked us with," said Reed of the Cowboys' offense. "I thought it would be more complicated, but it was a real simple game plan that they attacked us with. I mean we knew it. Looking at these coaches' openings and talking about a certain someone from Dallas, I'm like, 'Hold on now.'

"It's just Garrett, Garrett, Garrett. I knew the plays we were going against. Maybe that was the game plan for us. But when you watch it on tape, it's not as complicated as I thought it would be. I'm surprised people want to fire Wade Phillips down there and he's the one calling the defense -- and the defense is successful. The guy who's calling the offensive plays isn't getting the same turnaround. Maybe it's the players."

Wow! And I can't stress enough that Irvin wasn't even trying to draw Reed offside. It was almost like he had an agenda. His comments certainly support what quarterback Tony Romo said following the losses to the Ravens and Eagles. You'd think Reed would be focused on the Tennessee Titans this week, but maybe evaluating other teams is what he does to sort of get away from things. I'm curious to see what you guys think.

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