The Ravens announced that former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees will become their new linebackers coach, giving Pees a landing spot after he stepped down in New England and appeared headed to Denver to take over the Broncos defense.
ProFootballTalk.com first reported the move yesterday.
On Jan. 14, the Patriots announced Pees would no longer be the Patriots defensive coordinator. He explained that the choice was his, telling the Globe’s Albert R. Breer, “I’ve chosen not to return. I’m not retiring, although I might. I need some time to think about what I’m going to do. It could be a bunch of things. But I’m not leaving to go to a specific job. I need some time to see where we’re at. I don’t think it’s retirement, but I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Reports immediately bubbled up that Pees would replace Mike Nolan as the Broncos defensive coordinator. Now we know that’s not the case.
Pees suffered health problems this year and was taken to Houston hospital for tests during the Patriiots game against the Texans.
Pees owns strong connections to both Ravens coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore region. Pees was the defensive coordinator at Miami (Ohio) University in 1983, when Harbaugh played defensive back at Miami – “he was the only coach who thought I could play,” Harbaugh said.
Pees was the defensive line coach at the Naval Academy from 1987 to 1989. For the first two years of that tenure, current Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison worked with him as Navy’s defensive line coach.
“I’ve know Dean for 27 years, and he’s our type of coach – energetic, hard-working and innovative,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “His experience and wealth of knowledge speak for themselves. Dean has also earned respect from his players and fellow coaches because he has been a coordinator. He’ll help our linebackers complement the guys up front and in the back end. He’ll fit in with us well, and we’re excited to get him.”