Ravens Hall of Famer Ed Reed Lands College Head Coaching Job

Former Ravens DB Ed Reed

Getty Ravens legendary DB Ed Reed become the latest Hall of Famer to become head coach at an HBCU.

Baltimore Ravens legend Ed Reed entered an agreement in principle to become the 16th head football coach at Bethune-Cookman University, the school tweeted on December 27.

Reed is slated to become the latest Hall of Famer to coach at a historically black university, joining Deion Sanders, who was at Jackson State University from 2020 to 2022, and Eddie George, who has been at Tennessee State since 2021. Sanders helped bring more attention and high-profile recruits to HBCUs before getting hired December 8 as head coach at Colorado.

For the past three years, Reed served as chief of staff and senior football advisor at Miami, where he starred as a defensive back from 1998 to 2001.

His long list of NFL accolades includes: Super Bowl champion (2013), nine-time Pro Bowler, five-time first-team All-Pro, Defensive Player of the Year (2004) and member of the 2000s All-Decade Team. Arguably the greatest player to ever play his position, Reed has been lauded as one of the most cerebral players to ever play the game.

Reed’s coaching experience consists of one season (2006) as assistant defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills.

In a video tweeted by The 33rd Team, he discussed the type of players he will recruit to build up the Bethune-Cookman program, which hasn’t won a MEACH conference championship since 2015.

“A lot of people got the attributes, but no everybody puts that work in,” Reed said.

Former Ravens Defensive Lineman Claimed Off Waivers

The team surprisingly cut fourth-year defensive lineman Isaiah Mack on December 26, days after signing him to the 53-man roster and two days following an impressive showing in their 17-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons. In 16 defensive snaps, he recorded three total tackles, including one for a loss that came on a fourth-quarter goal-line stand.

The Seattle Seahawks claimed him off waivers on December 27, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec. Mack, a former undrafted free agent, spent most of the season on the Ravens’ practice squad, appearing also in Week 8.

Zrebiec also reported worked out a pair of unrestricted free agent defensive linemen, rookie Donovan Jeter and veteran Christian Ringo.

Jeter went undrafted out of Michigan and appeared in one game with the Washington Commanders before getting released by the team’s practice squad on October 18. His lone taste of game action came in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions, recording a solo tackle in 18 defensive snaps.

Ringo is an eight-year veteran who was released from the New Orleans Saints practice squad the same day as Jeter and whose last action also came in Week 2. He played 33 defensive snaps between the first two games of the season and recorded one assisted tackle in the second.

Both players are practice squad candidates. The player most likely player to fill Mack’s vacated roster spot Josh Ross, an undrafted inside linebacker who was placed on injured reserve after Week 2. In two games, Ross made a tackle in each on special teams.

Ravens Bring Back Veteran Defender on Practice Squad

The Ravens also signed 12-year veteran Josh Bynes to the practice squad.

This move resumes Bynes’ third stint with the team after a one-game and four-day hiatus. He started the first seven games of the season for the Ravens before missing a game with an injury and hadn’t been active for a game since Week 7.

The Ravens opted to replace him by trading for two-time All-Pro Roquan Smith who has formed arguably the best inside linebacker duo in the league with ascending third-year pro Patrick Queen since being integrated into the starting lineup.

Bynes will provide the team with an experienced depth player at the position who can get called up and reinserted at either spot in case of an injury to either starter. He has started 82 games in his career, including three during the Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl-winning season. He has recorded 29 total tackles this season, including two for a loss, two pass deflections, one sack, one interception and a quarterback hit.

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