Well, looking at it from the most basic standpoint and one would think it's a pretty good thing. We are the best defense in the league against the run, our only weakness on defense being against the pass. Adding a guy who's strength is defending the pass can only help. Reed makes plays (much like Polamalu) by making educated guesses and jumping routes.
The trick here will be how Rex integrates him within the secondary because you are talking about 2 decent safeties in Landry and Allen. Allen of which who's growing big time. Secondary is all about communication so REed is going to have to start sparingly, with calls that won't involve much change.
REx is undoubtedly a genius when it comes to defense though so I feel good about it.
My only concern with this move is whether Rex will be able to ability to separate his emotions from his decision making.
I like the pick up of Reed as a veteran leader, a mentor and a complimentary player.
But Rex is fueled by his emotions.
I don't want to see Reed thrown out into situations he shouldn't be in because Rex still loves Ed Reed the player circa 2008.
Wouldn't worry about that. REx has let go of plenty of players who everyone knows he loves. Leonhard, Trevor Pryce, and Bart Scott. If he can make the tough decision on those players, he can do it with others as well.
That is another Thing... his presence alone will have an Impact in Terms of intimidation. You think guys like Tannehill, E.J. Manuel or whoever Cleveland will start against us won't look twice when they see Ed Reed in Center field on third and Long?! Yeah right...
The most important Thing for me though is his leadership. Our Young guys will look at one of the greatest safeties of all time, a guy they played in Madden as Kids, a surefire hall of famer, a national Champion in college, a Super Bowl Champion... and every Minute they spend with this kid in the locker and on the practice field will help them going Forward. They will see how he studies, how he prepares, pick his mind and they will use it to their Advantage in the future.
As a Player I think he is not more than a rotational Player you bring in for obvious passing situations but as a Mentor he will be extremely valuable.
Just curious, but were these the same people that said the jets would be lucky to win 4 games this year and the ones that had us ranked dead last in the NFL? Just curious how often the "experts" can be wrong before they can no longer be considered "experts."