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Ravens make it official with Pees

As we reported on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens have hired former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees to coach Ray Lewis and the rest of the Ravens’ linebackers.

Coach John Harbaugh announced the move Tuesday morning.

“I’ve know Dean for 27 years, and he’s our type of coach — energetic, hard-working and innovative,” Harbaugh said in a release.  “He has worked with all three levels of defense — defensive line, linebackers and secondary.  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.”

Pees coached Harbaugh at the Miami (Ohio) in the 1980s.  Said Harbaugh, “He was the one coach who I thought could play.”

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of an organization like the Ravens,” Pees said.  “I’m very anxious and excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Harbaugh and also [defensive coordinator] Greg Mattison, with whom I have coached.  I think this is a tremendous opportunity and something that my family and I are very excited about.  I can’t wait to get to work.”

No longer going to work for the Ravens will be former linebackers coach Vic Fangio.  The team has announced that Fangio “is no longer with the team.”  Said the Ravens, “He should have an announcement about his future in football soon.”

The Ravens also are looking for a quarterbacks coach, given the departure of Hue Jackson for Oakland.

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13 Responses to “Ravens make it official with Pees”
  1. SeaOtter says: Jan 26, 2010 12:07 PM

    You mean Pees doesn’t want to work for Josh McDaniels? Shocking! Denver made a bad, bad hire in McDaniels – he was nowhere near to having enough maturity for the top job, and it is showing badly.

  2. stefanovich says: Jan 26, 2010 12:16 PM

    McDaniels didn’t want Pees after he found a better option. For a very good reason.

  3. BroncFanOr says: Jan 26, 2010 12:20 PM

    Maybe he decided due to his health issues he didn’t want to take on the responsibilities of a defensive coordinator and felt a position coach was better. Man some of you haters will take anything you can and twist it to fit your agenda.

  4. GhostofFlorioPast says: Jan 26, 2010 12:20 PM

    Where were the anti-McDaniels comments through the first half of the season?

  5. GoBrowns19 says: Jan 26, 2010 12:20 PM

    Pee

  6. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Jan 26, 2010 12:24 PM

    I agree with SeaOtter….we’ll take him back as the OC in NE in heartbeat.

  7. LighTsouT says: Jan 26, 2010 12:51 PM

    Denver had a top 5 D-Coordinator in the league in Mike Nolan, they are downies for getting rid of him.

  8. Rex Grossman says: Jan 26, 2010 1:14 PM

    Hey Mike Florio add pictures to more of your blog posts. It will make them seem a lot less boring!

  9. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 26, 2010 1:17 PM

    The Ravens also are looking for a quarterbacks coach, given the departure of Hue Jackson for Oakland.
    Perhaps some guy with a last name of Queues

  10. yattaa1972 says: Jan 26, 2010 1:27 PM

    stefanovich, how is the new guy a better option? If you’re going to say something, back it up. If I remember right, all the articles said he turned down the Denver position because he already had another job lined up.

  11. Opie says: Jan 26, 2010 1:41 PM

    I believe one of your readers “suggested” that Pees didn’t have to be a DC in order to take a job? His source was close on location, as it was mentioned that Carolina was the landing place…… Baltimore is right up the street.
    Just saying all that Denver and Buffalo “chatter” you attributed to your source proved not to be too accurate when considering my source. Or is Buffalo closer than Charlotte to Baltimore? Hell, does that even matter….

  12. DT58HOF says: Jan 26, 2010 2:28 PM

    Pees outta fire, does the job

  13. slipkid says: Jan 26, 2010 9:41 PM

    bring back taco bill!

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