Dean Pees: People are going to start talking about Falcons’ defense like Patriots, Ravens

NFL: JUL 30 Atlanta Falcons Training Camp
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Dean Pees has won a Super Bowl ring as the defensive coordinator of the Patriots, and another as the defensive coordinator of the Ravens. Now he’s the defensive coordinator of the Falcons, and he says he’s expecting to hold his players to the same standard.

In a training camp practice rant to the media, Pees said the Falcons’ performance on defense has been unacceptable through the years, and he sees changing the culture to make it more like New England and Baltimore as a major part of his job.

“We’re changing the culture around this dadgum place,” Pees said. “It’s not going to be mediocre. It’s not going to be average. It’s not going to be in the bottom half of the league like it’s been 15 of the last 20 years. Sick of that crap. We’ve got to take charge, and it’s not going to be anyone else to do it but us. I’m tired of everybody telling us how bad we are, because after a while you start believing it. . . . Guys around here on defense sometimes believe 15th is OK or whatever. We’ve been in the Top 10 one time out of the last 20 years. That bullshit’s over. Sorry, I’m getting fired up today, but I’m tired of this crap. We’re going to change the culture of the defense around this frickin’ place. People are going to start talking about the Atlanta defense like they did Baltimore and New England. It’s going to be the same shit around here.”

The Falcons’ defense was ugly last season in Pees’ first year at the coordinator. If he doesn’t bring up the standards in Year Two, he probably won’t get a Year Three.

15 responses to “Dean Pees: People are going to start talking about Falcons’ defense like Patriots, Ravens

  1. As a Falcons fan, I am cautiously optimistic but would love if this came to fruition.

  2. Careful coach, these words are more a reflection on how bad the other side of the ball is that you’re practicing against.

  3. The Ravens defense would have been better without Pees. He held that unit back while he was in Baltimore.

  4. Baltimore and New England were so great because the players. Nothing to do with you Dean.

  5. What an idiot.

    Just compare what Belichick’s defense did in playoff to what Bengals defense did in last season, any non Belichick believers can tell Pats defense was a PAPER TIGER and Belichick was a garbage.

  6. Lol, says a Belichick believer who doesn’t even know that he is trying to prove how average Belichick is.

  7. Not even trying to be funny, but hasn’t Pees retired from his last like 4 teams? I didn’t know he was still around.

  8. Which Ravens defense(s)? 2000

    Which Patriots defense(s)? ’03-’04?

    You’re setting yourself up for (massive) failure.

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