Ravens free safety Ed Reed was upset with his performance following a 55-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, so much so that he was apologetic afterward.
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year ricocheted off of former University of Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, missing the tackle on a 55-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
"Just had a bad day," Reed wrote on his Twitter account. "Not perfect, though we try!"
Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated Monday that he thought Reed was being too hard on himself following a three-tackle game with no pass deflections.
"That's the thing about Ed he's a great player," Harbaugh said. "He's definitely his own worst critic, his own strongest critic. He has a really high standard for how he's going to play ,and I'm sure that's reflected in his comments. I thought he played well. Ed sets a high bar, and he usually reaches it."
Harbaugh acknowledged that he had a sideline discussion with Reed about whether he should stay in the game with Reed saying it was his call to pull himself out.
"These guys have a lot of pride," Harbaugh said. "These are some of the most competitive men and athletes in the world, and that's how that conversation goes sometime in a game like that. That's the way that one went."
Reid's playing time to continue
After playing nearly three quarters as a replacement for veteran left guard Bobbie Williams, Jah Reid drew solid enough reviews that he'll continue to get playing time against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It's unclear who will get the majority of the workload, though.
"I don't know who will get the bulk of it, but I anticipate both of those guys playing in there," Harbaugh said.
For the 6-foot-7, 330-pound Reid, this marked the most extensive appearance of his career since being drafted in the third round last year.
"A lot of good things and some other things that he can get better at, but he's a very physical player," Harbaugh said. "He's really athletic. He can bend, he can get his pads down, and that's not easy to do for a guy his size.
"He has some pass-set things that he has to continue to work on that he knows about and he can work on. All in all, he played pretty well."
Jones running free
Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones' instincts and speed have propelled him to a pair of record-breaking kickoff returns this season.
Jones' prowess on returns has essentially earned him the green light to take it out of the end zone even if he's backed up deep.
Through nine games, Jones has returned 14 kickoffs for a 38.6 average per return with a 108-yard kickoff return for a score against the Dallas Cowboys to tie an NFL record for longest return. Jones' 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Sunday made him the first Ravens player to return two kickoff returns for a score in the same season.
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