The now former defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens sure left a mark during the six years he was here. Dean Pees was able to coach defenses that were good, but despite the talent being invested in the unit, could never get them to play at the top of their game. Under Pees, the Ravens defense blew 18 4th-quarter leads including the coup de grace last month against the Cincinnati Bengals.
After the loss and the season, Pees officially announced his retirement from coaching, something that he has been doing both on the collegiate and pro stage for over 40 years. However, a new report by the Baltimore Suns Jeff Zrebiec suggests he may not be done after all. Zrebiec reports that the Tennessee Titans have discussed the possibility of getting Pees as their new defensive coordinator.
One interesting name I’m hearing for Titans defensive coordinator vacancy is former Ravens DC Dean Pees. Pees announced retirement following end of season but he has a relationship with Mike Vrabel dating back to New England. Not sure how likely it is but it’s been discussed— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) January 27, 2018
After the Titans loss in the Divisional Round to the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots a few weeks ago, the Titans decided to clean house in the coaching staff by firing head coach Mike Mularkey and replacing him with former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. Who, as Zrebiec notes, played under Pees in New England. Former defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau left the Titans, leaving the opening available.
As a first time head coach, it does make sense for Vrabel to bring in guys he can trust and already knows from his playing days. However, that sounds almost similar to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh when he had Pees for six years, and not making the right choice by letting Pees go when the time was right.
The Titans defense struggled in the first half of the year, but turned it around in the second half to help them make the postseason at 9-7. The unit finished 17th in points allowed, while being 25th in passing yards allowed. A positive for them was the fact they were 4th in rushing yards. To fully put the pieces together for them on defense, Pees may not be that guy to choose for Vrabel based on his history in Baltimore and New England. However, if he does lure Pees out of retirement, The Ravens travel to Tennessee again during the 2018 season.