Harbaugh still has confidence in Ed Reed despite tackling issue

Veteran safety Ed Reed appeared to miss a clear tackle in Sundays win over the Bengals

January 02, 2012|By Matt Vensel

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked to comment on Ed Reed’s recent tackling issues, which the Pro Bowl free safety acknowledged Sunday after he was unsuccessful in his attempt to bring down Cincinnati running back Bernard Scott with an arm tackle during Scott’s third-quarter touchdown run.

Harbaugh wouldn’t say if Reed was playing injured and told reporters to ask Reed personally.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in Ed Reed and I’m sure everybody else does,” he said Monday at his weekly press conference. “I guarantee that the people who are playing against him, they know where he’s at back there. Our coverage in our secondary [Sunday] was excellent. That starts with Ed Reed.”

Harbaugh praised Reed’s coverage downfield -- he mentioned play-action passes in particular -- in the Ravens' 24-16 win and said he would leave Reed to answer any questions about tackling technique later this week.

“He’s been around. He knows how to play. And he’ll take care of that,” Harbaugh said
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