By the end of last week, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was hearing teammate Ed Reed’s voice in his sleep.
If it wasn’t Reed critiquing Webb’s technique or positioning, it was him giving him pointers about dealing with Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, Reed’s college teammate at the University of Miami.
“He was on me all week,” Webb said. “Sometimes I’m mad and I want to curse him out, want to tell him, ‘Get off my back.’ But it all pays off during the week.”
Indeed, it did. In the Ravens’ 20-13 victory over the Texans at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, Webb tied a team postseason record, held by Reed and cornerback Duane Starks, with two interceptions of rookie quarterback T.J. Yates.
His pick in the first quarter set up Joe Flacco’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin that gave the Ravens a 17-3 lead. His fourth-quarter interception preceded Billy Cundiff’s 44-yard field goal, which made it a seven-point game.
“He’s an awesome player,” Reed said. “I’ve actually been very hard on him the last few weeks because I know how good he wants to be, and I know what he can accomplish. For him to come out and make the play that he did was awesome.”
Afterward, Webb was quick to credit Reed, who had an interception of his own in helping to preserve the Ravens’ narrow lead. Webb, a safety in college, idolized Reed growing up, and the two have become extremely close.
“He keeps me focused. That’s a guy that I always looked up to when I was in college and man, he was a great guy to look up to. Now, I see it,” Webb said. “It’s good that he can see greatness out of me. With him on the field, he helps me get a lot of picks, just his presence. With [No.20] on the field, they don’t want to throw the ball deep. They see what he’s capable of. [Sunday], he could have had three. Yeah, I had two but it was all due to his positioning.”
After listening to Reed all week, Webb exacted some playful revenge on his teammate. When Reed dropped two potential interceptions Sunday, Webb approached him and asked if he wanted to borrow his hands.
“I gave him my hands because he dropped two picks and I’ve never seen it. I said you can have my hands. Then, he went and made the pick and I said, ‘Give me my hands back because I’m going to have to get me one,’” Webb said. “Man, I just take my hat off to him. It’s a privilege to be his teammate and being a [defensive back] with him. The dude is amazing, man. And he came up and still made the biggest pick of the game. I had two but he still made that big play. I’m so happy for him. He’s great. He’s taught me so much about this game and life. Every time you bring up Ed Reed, I’m going to tell you how I feel because he’s helped me out so much.”