According to a report today from Mike Florio via ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports (who cites a “league source”), former New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees will become the next LB Coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Pees had been rumored to replace Mike Nolan as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos (after Nolan accepted the same job with the Miami Dolphins), a move that would have made sense, considering he could have reunited with Josh McDaniels.
No word on what this move would mean for current LB coach Vic Fangio, who could stay on with the team in a quality control role. Pees’ connection with John Harbaugh dates to Miami (Ohio) University, where Harbaugh played DB under defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
Pees served in the LB Coach role for the Pats before being promoted to DC in 2006. He has familiarity with the region, having served as secondary coach at Navy in the late 80’s. After roles as Defensive Coordinator, LB Coach or Secondary Coach at Toledo, Notre Dame, and Michigan State; Pees became head coach at Kent State in 1998 and served until 2003. Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Ted Johnson and Willie McGinest are amongst the LB’s he coached during his tenure in Foxborough.
The Ravens offices are closed this week-with much of the leadership of the team in Mobile, AL for the annual Senior Bowl; immediate requests for comment have been unreturned.
Edit from GMC: Also today, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Bears are interested in speaking with Ravens QB Coach Hue Jackson regarding their open Offensive Coordinator position, and have reached out to the Ravens for permission. Jackson had interviewed with the Oakland Raiders last week, either for the OC position, or the still-filled head coaching position.