The amount of manlove safety Ed Reed is receiving from the media of late is another case of hype over substance when one looks at the bigger picture. Reed early on in his career didn't mind tackling that much butquickly gaveup that part of his job description. I knew he was way over-rated compared to the Bob Sanders-like drooling being done over him these days, but even I was shocked to see how few tackles he had this season. Are you ready? The player many Caste clowns are hyping as the league's MVP had 41 tackles in 2008 -- 34 solo and 7 assisted. A white safety with twice that many would be cursed out of the league by the DWFs and media as a hapless loser. But Big Bad Ed did exceed his 2007 tackle total -- last year he had 39. In his rookie season he had a mediocre 85 tackles and it's been downhill ever since. But hey, he's a ball hawk! Instead of such minor matters as covering and tackling, Ed hangs out in the backfield and waits for the occasional stray pass to intercept. And the media goes crazy! The Steelers used to have a safety like that, Darren Perry. He got lots of interceptions by doing the same thing, catching stray passes when he was usually 5 or 10 yards away from the intended receiver. Any time a defender would get a lucky pick like that we always called it a "Darren Perry interception." Move over, permanently injured Bob Sanders and make way for Ed "40 Tackles a Season" Reed, the NFL's new best defensive player.