Pees Ends Retirement
Mike Vrabel, has found Tennessee’s new defensive coordinator. Longtime defensive mind, Dean Pees, has come out of his three week retirement. He replaces the legendary defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau, who spent the last three seasons with the Titans.
Pees, 68, has spent the last six season as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. For over a decade the Ravens have been known for their stout, stingy, physical defenses. Last season, the Ravens finished 12th in overall defense and more importantly, sixth in scoring defense. In comparison, under LeBeau, the Titans finished 13th in overall defense and 17th in scoring defense. He will inherit an already physical defense, especially against the run (5th in the league against the run on the season).
Pees and Vrabel have a strong relationship dating back to Vrabel’s playing days. Pees was the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots for three seasons while Vrabel was a key cog in the Patriots defense. Expect Pees and Vrabel to be completely in sync with one another quickly. They’ll need to be for the Titans look to take the next step. Both Vrabel and Pees know what it’s like to take that step. To be apart of a winning culture with the goal of ultimately winning the Super Bowl. Pees won two Super Bowls, one with the Patriots and one with the Ravens. Vrabel won a Super Bowl as a player against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.