At times, Ed Reed seems disgruntled because he hasn't gotten a new contract from the Ravens.
He's sometimes gimpy because of recurring hamstring issues.
But Reed, 34, hasn't behaved like he doesn't want to be here.
"Ed is playing great on the field, but hes better, right now, at his preparation, getting us prepared. He is teaching us some things that weve never learned before about film watching, studying the other team," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "He is Hall of Fame at that right now. Thats what he is showing us - how to prepare for these guys. We just have our ears open and are trying to learn from the greatness."
Going into Sunday's game at the Kansas City Chiefs, Reed could add to it. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is prone to turnovers as he has accounted for 10 of his team's NFL-high 15.
Coach John Harbaugh agrees with Webb's assessment. Reed, named 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, has two interceptions, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown in the season opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Reed set the record for total return yardage, besting Rod Woodson's 1,483. Reed has 59 career interceptions.
"Hes playing as well as Ive seen him play since 08, and he's played really well all those years. He's playing as well or better than Ive seen him in the last couple of years," Harbaugh said. "I just think the world of how he's playing and how hes leading. He's been leading us in the meeting room, locker room, training room."
Reed complained twice last week about not getting a new contract from the Ravens. The highest-paid at his position already at 7.2 million, Reed already is looking to retirement.
"I'm not sure right now. I know I want to coach somewhere around my son," Reed said. "He's growing up and I don't want to lose the time that I've lost with my family."
As long as he's around, Reed insists on sharing his wisdom and not walk out the door with it.
"I haven't changed at all. I just work closely with my doctor to really work on the recovery part of it. I'm working on things that I know guys are going to need when I'm gone out of football," Reed said. "A lot of guys don't know bout the recovery part of it, the anti-aging part of it. We beat down our bodies so much. For me to be 34, I'm bouncing back great right now."