Stand by your man, even when its hard to understand what hes trying to say sometimes.
That was the message Ravens coach John Harbaugh delivered in regard to Ed Reed in an appearance Friday on 105.7 The Fan. Reeds feints toward retirement and talk about the business of football and indications of wanting a new contract and how all that affects when the Pro Bowl safety shows up in camp aside, Harbaugh remains a Reed backer.
I am going to defend Ed because I am going to stand by him, Harbaugh said (via sportsradiointerviews.com). Hes one of my players. I personally like him. I respect him. I think he is a good person with a good heart, and thats what you do as a coach you stand by your guys, and you may not always agree with what they say or how they say it or what they do. Most of the time I do agree with what Ed says, but not all the time and he knows that and hes a good person.
Harbaugh said hes never been worried about Reed showing up in training camp.
Ive said all along I believe hes going to play this year and be here, and it looks like that is the case, the coach said.
As for what Reed has been trying to communicate, Harbaugh said maybe it was a bit too subtle for mass consumption.
He was, quote unquote, you know retired from thinking about football for however many months it has been since we have been playing football. He just said before that he was always planning on playing this year, and I think hes trying to make a nuance for you. Hes trying to make a nuanced point there. Its a tough point to make a little bit, and its hard to understand sometimes.
Count us among those who were having trouble understanding some of Reeds points.