Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:08 AM
Agreed. I felt really, really awful for those guys. Even as a die hard Cincy fan, I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Baltimore's organization from Ozzie Newsome on down.
Dating back to the storied 2000 squad that laid waste to the league, their defense has always been littered with pro bowl talent. From Goose, Sam Adams and Mike McCrary to Ray and Peter Boulware, Chris McCallister and Rod Woodson...Newsome has stacked their D since the moment he was named GM back in 97(?). But at least those guys won it all.
Since then, they've always had top notch guys like Trevor Pryce, Bart Scott, Adalius Thomas, now Ngata, Suggs, etc. We're talking about legit game-changers here. But I really felt terrible for Ed Reed in particular. Dude has been cream of the crop for so long, and certainly one of the top 3 safeties to ever lace up the cleats. He deserves to get to the dance. And like you said, he may never get another chance. I remember a few years back after Baltimore got bounced from the playoffs, he talked about retiring...how it was tough to know you had the ability to win it all, and to get that close year after year...but still come up short. He's, hands down, my favorite player...so naturally I'd love for him stick around to take a shot at Krause's INT record. And hopefully, they can get him a trophy before he calls it a career.