I don't know what Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is doing. It seems like a broken record by now but Pees seems to have no problem shifting blame to everyone without directly saying it. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, if he hasn't already, needs to pull Pees aside and tell him to cut it out.
Let's start from the beginning.
A couple of articles ago, I wrote about how Pees called out called out cornerback Jimmy Smith saying that he's not being productive. I got some flack for calling Pees out myself, but oh well. I don't care. Pees shouldn't go without blame.
But here is Smith, not wanting to address Pees comments earlier this week via Baltimore Sun:
"Honestly, I don't even want to ... I don't know," he said. "I've just got to keep getting better, keep playing my game...You guys write one thing — I feel totally different than how you guys feel," Smith continued. "So, I'm not going to get into that, but I've got to keep playing ball."
With the way things have gone defensively, it easy to tell that Smith is frustrated with those comments and as Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun alluded to, Smith is also frustrated with the media. That's understandable.
Smith is still recovering from his Lisfranc foot injury that ended his season last year. He doesn't have the kind of speed he used to have at the moment compared to last year. He'll get it back in time and the Ravens have confidence that he will as they gave him a shiny new contract this past offseason. When healthy, I believe that Smith is one of the best corners in the game. He's being a team player and playing hard. I think Smith deserves a pass for that.
But back to Pees. If you thought he was done throwing players under the bus, just read what he said earlier this week on the topic of the lack of forced turnovers by the Ravens defense via ESPN.com:
"I'm disappointed but I'm not surprised because we haven't played aggressive enough at times to get the ball turned over...You get turnovers when you play really aggressive and not sometimes on your heels. We haven't created them. It's our fault."
So what is Pees trying to say?
- Is Pees saying that he wants players to be aggressive on defense and they are not responding to him? Because if he is, he just admitted that doesn't have control over these players.
- Or is Pees saying that his play calling is too conservative which in turn isn't allowing him to be aggressive?