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Dean Pees
Defensive Coordinator

Biography

The Tennessee Titans on January 30 named Dean Pees defensive coordinator.

Pees has 10 years of experience as a defensive coordinator for both the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots and in six of those years, his units have finished in the NFL’s top 10.

“I am excited to add both of these guys (OC Matt LaFleur) to our team,” said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. “Dean brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to our staff. I have seen first-hand how he teaches and develops from our time together and I wanted to bring that same experience to our players here."

Pees has 45 years of coaching experience, including 14 years in the NFL. He spent the last eight seasons (2010-17) with the Baltimore Ravens, including the last six years (2012-17) as the defensive coordinator. He joined Ravens in 2010, as the linebackers coach. The 2012 Ravens team won Super Bowl XLVII and he became just the eighth defensive coordinator in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl with two different teams. Three (2014,’15,’16) of his six years as defensive coordinator for the Ravens resulted in top 10 rankings on defense. Over his six-year tenure as Ravens defensive coordinator, the team ranked ninth in points/game (21.1), 10th in sacks (236), eighth in rushing yards allowed (103.4/game), fourth is rushing average allowed (3.88/attempt), 13th in third-down defense (36.9%) and 13th in interceptions (86).
The Tennessee Titans on January 30 named Dean Pees defensive coordinator.

Pees has 10 years of experience as a defensive coordinator for both the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots and in six of those years, his units have finished in the NFL’s top 10.

“I am excited to add both of these guys (OC Matt LaFleur) to our team,” said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. “Dean brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to our staff. I have seen first-hand how he teaches and develops from our time together and I wanted to bring that same experience to our players here."

Pees has 45 years of coaching experience, including 14 years in the NFL. He spent the last eight seasons (2010-17) with the Baltimore Ravens, including the last six years (2012-17) as the defensive coordinator. He joined Ravens in 2010, as the linebackers coach. The 2012 Ravens team won Super Bowl XLVII and he became just the eighth defensive coordinator in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl with two different teams. Three (2014,’15,’16) of his six years as defensive coordinator for the Ravens resulted in top 10 rankings on defense. Over his six-year tenure as Ravens defensive coordinator, the team ranked ninth in points/game (21.1), 10th in sacks (236), eighth in rushing yards allowed (103.4/game), fourth is rushing average allowed (3.88/attempt), 13th in third-down defense (36.9%) and 13th in interceptions (86).

Before joining the Ravens, Pees spent six seasons (2004-09) coaching for the Patriots. He originally joined New England as linebackers coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator for his final four seasons. Three of his four years (2007,’08,’09) as the defensive coordinator, saw the Patriots rank in the top 11 in total defense. Over the four-year period, New England ranked second in the NFL in points allowed (17.3/game).

Pees also has 25 years of college coaching experience. His last collegiate stop was as the head coach at Kent State from 1998-2003. Pees served as defensive coordinator under head coach Nick Saban at Michigan State for three seasons (1995-97). He also had stops at Notre Dame (1994), Toledo (1990-93), Navy (1987-89), Miami (OH) (1983-86) and Findlay (OH) (1979-82). Pees started his coaching career as a high school coach from 1973-78. A native of Dunkirk, Ohio, Pees graduated from Bowling Green State University.

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