Dean Pees had immediate second thoughts about retirement

AP

Dean Pees wasn’t very good at retirement. So it’s probably best he didn’t do it for long.

The former Ravens defensive coordinator thought he was done coaching, but less than a month later, he was hired by the Titans to work for Mike Vrabel.

Pees told Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun that it didn’t take him long to realize the hold the game had on him, when he was hanging around his replacement’s office a week later.

“One week after I retired I had gotten an offer to coach and I turned it down,” Pees said. “I had already spoken with the officials at Medicare, talked with the NFL about my pension and had planned the move. We were ready to move our stuff to our retirement home in Michigan.

“Then I got a call from Mike Vrabel [first year Tennessee head coach] and he kept calling and calling. When I was sitting in the office, I kept missing the game more and more. It got to the point where I finally knew I missed it and told him ‘Yes, I’d do it.’ ”

Pees said he wouldn’t have taken the job if not for Vrabel, whom he coached with the Patriots. And that means putting off carefree days of fishing or visiting with his six kids and 10 grandchildren. Of course, since this is the NFL, he was able to finagle a job for his son Matt on the Titans staff as a quality control coach.

“I had already taken the job before Matt was hired and would have done so without them hiring him,” Pees said. “But this is the right situation at the right time. I get to coach with my son and how many people get to work with their children in the same profession? He has a wife and child, has worked hard and this is a great opportunity for him.

“And just think, I really was done. This opportunity just came across at the right time.”

The Titans now have half as many Pees as the Panthers have Turners, so perhaps Dean’s good fortune isn’t as rare as he thinks.

16 responses to “Dean Pees had immediate second thoughts about retirement

  1. Have fun with the prevent Deanfense. Dude got fired from Baltimore without getting fired. Slimy enough to use his wife and grandkids as an excuse to retire, then “had second thoughts.” Guess grandpa didn’t really want to spend time with you haha.

  2. His retirement was celebrated in Baltimore. Titans fans have no idea what they’re getting….HA! almost feel bad for em. Enjoy Swiss Pees defense on paper while you still can. It won’t be long until you understand why his defense blew 18 4th quarter leads. So glad he’s gone.

  3. floriosbaldspot says:
    January 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm
    His retirement was celebrated in Baltimore. Titans fans have no idea what they’re getting….HA! almost feel bad for em. Enjoy Swiss Pees defense on paper while you still can. It won’t be long until you understand why his defense blew 18 4th quarter leads. So glad he’s gone.
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    I live in Baltimore and, while that last game against Cincinnati was terrible, Pees’ defenses have been pretty solid since he took over as Coordinator in 2012 (Overall Defensive DVOA ranks of 19, 7,8,20,6 and last year 3rd). Everyone in Baltimore knows that the real problem with the Ravens the past two years has been their offense, especially the passing game. It is pretty hard to maintain leads when the offense either turns the ball over in their half of the field or they cannot muster more than 3 and out late in games. Maybe Pees isn’t great, but he’s way better than Don “Wink” Martindale, who’s only year coordinating the Broncos defense led to an overall DVOA ranking of 30th.

    To me, Harbaugh is on the hot seat and good coordinators are unwilling to sign for a year. How else do you explain the fact that Austin, Fangio, Pagano and Spagnoulo, all legitimate D Coordinators who were available this year, and who worked with Harbaugh previously, decided to pass on Baltimore’s open D Coordinator job?

  4. Honestly, he wasn’t a bad coach. But his defenses had no killer instinct. When the Ravens had a lead before the game was over. The last couple years, I think we all knew no lead was safe with this team. I guess he is “finishing everything”.

  5. Of course, since this is the NFL, he was able to finagle a job for his son Matt on the Titans staff as a quality control coach.
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    Ah, so that explains everything.

  6. The damage Dean Pees did to the Ravens with his 4th quarter meltdowns is immeasurable. In New England, in Pittsburgh, against the Bengals this year, you name it. Hell, he almost lost the Super Bowl, squandering a huge first half lead. I wouldn’t wish him on my most hated team. Going from D. Labeau to Dean Pees is like going from a Bentley to a Yugo.

  7. you can talk DVOA’s and YPG’s and PPG’s but it doesn’t mean anything when discussing this guy. It’s all about the W’s and L’s and this year alone there were 3 W’s that the Ravens had in the 4th quarter that were turned into 3 L’s due to a passive, prevent DEANfense. He will be missed in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

  8. As a Ravens fan, good riddance!
    We have our problems on offense, but I will NOT miss the team going into the Prevent defense with 10 minutes left in the 4th Q…

  9. Michael E says:
    January 30, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Of course, since this is the NFL, he was able to finagle a job for his son Matt on the Titans staff as a quality control coach.
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    Translation: I’m not against nepotism in general, I’m just mad that my dad isn’t a football coach.

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