ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Bills held their third and final practice of minicamp on Thursday. The team added several big name assistant coaches this offseason including Ed Reed who spoke with the media for the first time. Reed said he is still working on the transition into coaching and lack of sleep has been the biggest change in this eye opening experience.
“It taught me how much football I didn’t know,” the Super Bowl champion said. “As a coach, coaches are here all the time, we’re here all the time and it gives me a different appreciation for what coaches do, obviously, and for what they know.”
The Bills defense struggled with communication during Rex Ryan’s first season as a head coach. Ed played for Rex with the Ravens and Jets and says there’s one common trait to all good defenses.
“You have to talk out there. If you’re not talking, something’s wrong. In order for you to talk, you have to understand your job, what you have to do to get guys lined up. If you’re not talking, you’re not going to be successful. If you watch the film from last year, you saw a lot of confusion, a lot of not communicating and guys not giving effort. So, for us to be effective, that’s got to happen. we got to communicate. and to see those guys comment like that, man, we’re getting better.”
Reed has a good mix of veterans and young talent to work with in the Bills secondary. Some guys have played against Reed and others have played with him…at least on video games.
“I remember growing up watching him and I would play Madden and play with the Ravens just because of him,” Rookie Kevon Seymour said with a smile.