The Baltimore Ravens are now coming off a second straight year in which the defense couldn't hold a lead in the 4th quarter and make the defining stop when they had to. 4th-and-12 will hurt for a long time and it was the epitome of the Dean Pees era in Baltimore.
Now that Pees has retired as defensive coordinator after six years, Baltimore is left searching for a new defensive coordinator. A logical in-house candidate is current linebackers coach Don Martindale, but another candidate outside-the-box is someone that is no doubt popular with the fans and has a great past with the organization.
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported Tuesday, per Mike Preston, that the Ravens have spoken to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was the Ravens defensive coordinator, about a possible reunion.
The Ravens have spoken to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, trying to lure him back to Baltimore to be the defensive coordinator, per colleague @MikePrestonSun. Ravens have other options, but he appears to be their focus at this point.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) January 2, 2018
Pagano was the defensive coordinator for Baltimore in 2011, when the defense finished as the 3rd best in the NFL. 2011 was also the last time the defense was truly great. After six years of Pees, and eighteen blown 4th-quarter leads, the Ravens need to go through this process carefully to find the right coach to turn this loaded defense from good to great. A reunion with Pagano might be what this roster needs to do just that.