Late For Work 1/26: Reed Comforted Brother Was Found

Plus Austin is expected to be next secondary coach and B-more mayor loses Ravens’ bet.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 8:03 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Reed Comforted Brother Was Found

After seven days of searching by volunteer outfit Texas EquuSearch, Brian Reed’s body was believed to be found in the Mississippi River in Kenner, La., WDSU.com reported.

Kenner Police Department officials said they cannot confirm the identity of the body until an autopsy is performed Wednesday, but Ravens safety Ed Reed believes it is that of his younger brother.

“I just saw the sun come through the skies as he was being found and I thank God that he was found,” Ed said. “My gut feeling is saying, ‘yes’ [it is Brian] because it was the spot.”

Divers recovered the body 500 feet from where Brian jumped in on Jan. 6 as he reportedly attempted to flee from police over an alleged stolen vehicle.

“It’s been tough, but God is good. To have found our brother today brings closure and knowing that he’s in a better place now and can rest in peace is more comforting than searching and not finding him at all,” Ed said.

Family members say that Brian suffered from mental health issues that may have played into the occurrences on that day.

“That’s the unanswered questions that we have to go through,” Ed said. “That’s something that we have to live with, [to] not truly know what [was] happening that day.”

The family issued the following statement of gratitude:

“We would like to thank all the agencies that worked persistently to recover our loved one. First, Mr. Tim Miller with Texas Equa Search [sic], Team Watters, Inc., the divers from Madcon Corporation, and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department who worked endlessly and would not give up. We would also like to thank St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department, who also helped in the search. We appreciate all prayers and support from everyone throughout this trying time.”

Wilson: Ravens Expected To Hire Austin As Secondary Coach

Promoting Chuck Pagano to defensive coordinator last week left a secondary coach vacancy on the Ravens’ staff.

The team interviewed former University of Florida Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who is considered to be the leading candidate for the secondary position, according to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post.

Friends of Austin said he’s already been informed that he will be hired. The Ravens organization has not made a formal announcement about who will fill the vacancy.

Most recently, the 45 year old served on Urban Meyer’s staff in Florida. He was also the defensive backs coach in Arizona (2007-2009), helping the team reach Super Bowl XLIII. He enjoyed another Super Bowl trip in 2006 during his stint with the Seattle Seahawks (2003-2006).

Austin also coached at Michigan, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Penn State.

“[I'm] hearing positive things around the league about incoming Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin, the Florida defensive coordinator last year,” Wilson tweeted.

Awards, Awards And More Awards

With the NFL’s 2010 regular season in the rearview mirror, Web analysts have began handing out a multitude of awards:

Pro Football Weekly’s Super 50
(the top 50 players of 2010), starting with Nos. 41-50: Linebacker Ray Lewis was listed at No. 42, while quarterback Joe Flacco received an honorable mention. “Lewis, still going strong with 15 seasons in the books, remains a vital part of the Ravens’ defense and an integral team leader. He has kept himself in remarkable shape and continues to rank among the game’s best inside linebackers. His 139 tackles were the most he has registered since 2004.”

USA Today’s All-Joe Team
(unheralded performers from 2010): Cory Redding was named to the defensive end All-Joe position.  “[Redding] adapted to [the] 3-4 alignment and ably took over [the] starting job after Trevor Pryce departed.”

USA Today’s Team MVPs (the team MVP for all 32 clubs): Nate Davis named Lewis as the Ravens’ most valuable player. “Who else? His bio says he’s 35, but the 15-year veteran never seems to age much, which is why he’s been a Pro Bowler a dozen times. Lewis finished sixth league-wide with 139 tackles, his highest total since 2004. He also had a pair of forced fumbles, a couple of sacks and two interceptions. But Lewis has never been a man to be measured by numbers, and the emotional fuel he continues to provide his team was a vital component in its 12-win campaign.”

CSN.com’s defensive positions grades
(OK, not really an award…just grades): John Eisenberg gives an A to the rush end, a B to the defensive line, a B to linebackers, a B to cornerbacks and a C to safeties.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake In Steelers Jersey After Lost Bet

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was forced into a Hines Ward jersey after losing a bet to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Rawlings-Blake looks miserable holding up her end of the bargain, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t take a few jabs at the Ravens’ despised rival…


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