OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ed Reed insists Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is doing a poor job, and the safety was released by the team earlier this month because Reed spoke up about it.
Now with the New York Jets, Reed said in a conference call with the Baltimore media on Wednesday that the Houston defense "is not a good fit for a lot of people who are still down there."
Reed was waived by the Texans in the wake of a loss to Arizona on Nov. 10. After the game, he said, "Certain situations we just got outplayed and outcoached."
On Wednesday, Reed said, "The truth is the truth. You've got to put your players in a position to make plays."
Asked if he talked to Phillips, Reed said, "(He) basically just made sure I was leaving. Honestly, of all people, he's probably the guy, the reason I'm not there." (see full story)
Raiders: McGloin to make second start
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Matt McGloin has made a career out of exceeding other people's expectations.
The player who had no scholarship offers coming out of high school walked on at Penn State and became the school's career leader in touchdown passes.
The player who sent a letter and video to NFL teams pleading for a chance after getting passed over for the combine went undrafted before finally getting a chance as a camp arm with the Oakland Raiders.
The player who entered training camp as a fourth-stringer managed to beat out fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson for a roster spot and moved up to second string when Matt Flynn was released last month.
As surprising as all of those accomplishments may have been, it was his performance in his first NFL start last week in Houston that really opened up eyes. Flynn became the fourth quarterback since the 1970 NFL merger to throw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first career start in place of the injured Terrelle Pryor to earn himself a longer-term look as the starter in Oakland.
"I never took a backseat to anybody," McGloin said. "I didn't put myself in a position that I'm buried behind all these guys. I really don't look at who is ahead of me on the depth chart or who's behind me on the depth chart. Each day is a better way to get better, improve as a leader, improve as a person."
McGloin will make his second start on Sunday against Tennessee (4-6) as Pryor still is dealing with a right knee injury and the Raiders (4-6) want to see if he can repeat that performance. (see full story)
Vikings: Ponder to start, Peterson could play
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Stop the music. The quarterback carousel in Minnesota is staying put for another week. Christian Ponder will be the starter at Green Bay.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced his decision on Wednesday, and Ponder made this sound like it wasn't much of a decision at all. Frazier didn't seek him out to tell him he was keeping the job, Ponder said. He just assumed the spot was still his.
"Unless I was told otherwise," Ponder said.
Which he wasn't.
"I appreciate coach Frazier having the confidence in me to be able to go out this week and play," Ponder said.
RB Adrian Peterson (groin) was held out of practice. Frazier said he's "cautiously optimistic" Peterson will play. (see full story)