Reed: The Difference Between Billick And Harbaugh Is Height

Ed Reed had some fun with this question

The DA Show
November 01, 2019 - 12:04 pm

Ed Reed was a member of the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 to 2012, during which he played for two head coaches: Brian Billick and John Harbaugh.

What was the biggest difference between the two?

“Their height,” Reed said on The DA Show, prompting laughter from host Damon Amendolara. “Coach Harbaugh is shorter. He walks with a slight limp. Billick is a taller, slender dude. He covers a little bit more ground. So it’s kind of like a giraffe to a hippo or something like that.”

Billick coached the Ravens from 1999 to 2007, while Harbaugh has been the head coach since 2008. Both have won Super Bowls, with Billick winning Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001 and Harbaugh winning Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

“Coach Billick was obviously more offensive-minded, and he would say more to you during the week,” said Reed, a member of the 2012 champions. “Game day, coach was not as vocal. Harbaugh, during the week, obviously he’s a special teams coach, so he’ll be in the special teams meeting and he’s also in the offensive and defensive meeting, too. Coach Billick did the same thing, not to the extent that I saw Harbaugh doing, probably because of years. Billick was there a lot longer head coaching. I learned a lot from both. 

“Being that Billick was on the latter part of his years, he did things differently than he did obviously when he was on the first part,” Reed continued, “and I learned that from Coach Harbaugh. Just seeing how he was as a new head coach, versus how Billick was as an older head coach, the mentality just was a little different. That helped me to grow as a player and as a leader.”