Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has some explaining to do. Since 2012, the Baltimore Ravens have lost 10 games in which they had the lead in the 4th quarter including in week 3 against the Bengals as the team moves to 0-3 for the first time in franchise history.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome have to make a decision on Pees long term. A lot of people have said that the criticism of Pees as of late is unfair, but the latest debacle against the Bengals is hard to ignore. The Ravens at the very least, have to be thinking about the philosophy of the defense at the moment and the changes needed personnel wise and coaching wise.
Sure, players on the Ravens defense allowed of yards and execution matters. Tackling matters and the defense has failed to do so. But at the same time, coaching matters too.
For example, who thought it was a smart idea to put safety Kendrick Lewis and All Pro Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green one on one as he burned him for a long 80 yard gain late in fourth quarter to give the Bengals the lead at 21-17?
Just horrible play calling and execution all around. Pees should be on the hot seat for sure. It's one thing for the players not to execute and every now and then. The Ravens defense has failed miserably in clutch spots for much of the last four seasons under Pees (With the exception of Super Bowl 47) and it is time for Pees to be held accountable.
This level of play on defense for the Ravens is unacceptable.