The news comes as a bit of a surprise, but Pees, 68, might be thinking about life after football as he fast approaches 70 years of age.
Pees has been on staff with the Ravens since 2010, originally as a linebackers coach. Following the 2011 season, when then-defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano left to become head coach on the Indianapolis Colts, Pees was promoted to defensive coordinator. His first year as the team’s defensive coordinator, the Ravens won the Super Bowl in what ended up being the final season in Baltimore for legends Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
According to Schefter’s report, Pees has not yet told the Ravens players, but it is expected he will retire.
Pees’ defense this year is arguably the best unit he’s fielded, as they have posted three shutouts, and lead the NFL with 22 interceptions, with 33 turnovers overall.
Again, nobody knows when the season will end, as the Ravens control their own fate as far as the playoffs go, but the last time someone of note made their plans to retire at the conclusion of the season before the playoffs started, the Ravens went on to win a Super Bowl. With the way Pees’ unit has played thus far, it’s not hard to fathom them following that path again.