Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Reed this: Ravens have tackling issues

TACKLING ISSUES: Ed Reed uncharacteristically missed three to four tackles, and his nerve impingement that affects his neck and shoulder seems to be rendering the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year into a one-armed free safety.

Reed did strip the football away from Chad Ochocinco, but he also missed several arm tackles.

“I haven’t talked to Ed about those three tackles yet, those three opportunities,” Harbaugh said. “I think he’s tackled very well this year up until this game. From my understanding, the neck is as good as it’s been in two years, but I think it’s a factor. It’s not a dangerous type of thing where he’s at risk or he wouldn’t be playing.

“He’s worked extremely hard in the weight room. He’s as muscled up as he’s been in the last two years since we’ve been here. I’m sure he’s disappointed with those three tackles. Those are tackles that you normally see him make.”

After the game, Reed attributed the missed tackles to trying to strip the ball instead of wrapping up.

Is there anything fundamentally that Reed can do differently while protecting his injury?

“There are a lot of coaching points we put in there,” Harbaugh said. “There are certain techniques and fundamentals that go into it that you expect to see applied. Ed knows what those are. We talk about them all the time. We expect to be a good-tackling defense.”
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