Pees the choice
Dean Pees has been named the Patriots' defensive coordinator.
"Dean Pees has done an outstanding job coaching our linebackers," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "When he joined us, Dean brought a wealth of experience into this system and has been a significant part of our success over the past two seasons."
Pees, 56, just concluded his second season as a Patriots assistant. He had been in the college ranks from 1979-2003, with 15 seasons as a defensive coordinator and six as a head coach (Kent State).
"I am very appreciative and grateful for the opportunity that Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft and the entire Patriots organization have given me," said Pees. "I am extremely proud to be part of a first-class organization from top to bottom. I will work hard to continue the standard of excellence that is expected as a New England Patriot."
Pees replaces Eric Mangini, who was named head coach of the New York Jets.
"For over a decade, I had the pleasure of working with Eric Mangini, who is an outstanding coach and an even finer individual," Belichick said. "I will always appreciate Eric's contributions. I value our friendship and look forward to supporting Eric's commitment to youth football in the future. Eric worked his way from the most entry-level position to a position of great responsibility during several successful seasons. The opportunity Eric has now earned is truly an example of good things happening to a good, hard-working person and I wish him well."