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Ravens Name Dean Pees Defensive Coordinator

The Baltimore Ravens held a press conference earlier today and Baltimore Beatdown was there to take in all the news and ask a couple of questions. Head coach John Harbaugh announced that linebackers coach Dean Pees was named defensive coordinator and that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would be returning next season.

On Pees, Harbaugh said that, "we go back a long way," referring to the time when Pees was the defensive coordinator in college at Miami of Ohio and Harbaugh was a defensive back. He also said, "the record speaks for itself," in reference to Pees time with not only the Ravens but the New England Patriots as well.

In the 62-year old Pees' 40 years in football, his resume prior to becoming linebackers coach on the Ravens included be on the staff of Nick Saban, Lou Holtz and Bill Belichick. Pees was obviously honored to be given this prestigious position, saying that he was pleased to be a defensive coordinator in this league, but "especially humbling to be one for the Baltimore Ravens."

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(More to follow shortly with quotes from my direct questions to Coach Pees as well as the entire Press Conference transcript)