Could you picture former Ravens great Ed Reed as the next coach at the University of Miami? Reed apparently could picture it. Talking Monday on the Rich Eisen Show, Reed said he would listen if Miami called, after the school fired former head coach Al Golden on Sunday, following an embarrassing 58-0 loss to Clemson.
Reed said his knowledge of the game and his experience as a perennial Pro Bowl safety would override his lack of coaching experience.
“The NBA did it with Jason Kidd,” Reed said, referring to the Milwaukee Bucks’ current head coach, who went immediately from playing to coaching. “I even thought about it. They could put my name in the mix for a coaching job or something like that. It seems like the partnership between players and coaches, the head coach’s job is to manage everybody, manage the game, and help the offensive and defensive coordinators make the best decisions. And they help him do the same thing.
“I haven’t received a phone call from a 305 (area code) number. I would definitely listen, would go and talk and want to know what they’re looking to do. I would entertain it. I’m at a different place in my life right now, working out, training, coaching from afar, helping guys out, high school, college, and pro alike. I definitely would entertain it.”
Even if Reed were not willing to take on the hours and responsibility of coaching and recruiting, he clearly sounded like he wanted to be more involved with the Miami program. A former star at the University of Miami, Reed sounded perturbed that the school had not reached out to former players for input during Golden’s tenure.
“You might want to consider the thoughts of some players that played the game, that made an impact, that want to be involved around there, ” Reed said.
This has been a tough football season for Reed, watching both U-M and the Ravens (1-5) struggle. Reed will be inducted into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor Nov. 22, before their game against the Rams. By that time, we may know if Reed is more officially involved with the Hurricanes’ program or not.