When you think of the Baltimore Ravens, one of the first things that likely comes to mind is a suffocating defense. Since 1996, the Ravens have never allowed more than 4 yards per carry, and over the past nine season they've only once been ranked outside of the top ten in the league in total defense.
However, the accomplishments of years past are meaningless to current defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who took over the role when Chuck Pagano took the head coaching job with the Colts last January.
“I don’t really care who was here, how well they did. I don’t care how they did statistically. That stuff really means absolutely nothing." Pees explained in the Detroit Free Press.
"Every year is a different year. Sometimes you just have a great amount of talent. Some years you go through and you never have any injuries. Some years you go through and you have injuries. My job is to do the best that I can every Sunday. History means nothing.”
Player movement before the season, and injuries during the weekly grind forced Pees to adjust his original scheme because new players with different strengths and weaknesses were now occupying those roster spots. Head coach John Harbaugh commended his adjustments and flexibility in the original article.
Coach Pees also offered some interesting insight into his head coaching aspirations in the article. Pees served as the head coach at Kent State from 1998-2003, going 17-51 in those six seasons.
The Ravens defensive coordinator explains that he has no plans to return to a head coaches office. What Pees likes about being an assistant is that it allows him to focus on football and not the million other things that a head coach has to juggle throughout the course of the year.
"They can have that gig all they want. You become a head coach, you become everything but a coach. Especially in college, you’re there speaking to alumni, you’re doing all this stuff, you never coach. And, that’s not why I got into this profession. I watch head coaches even in this league — there’s just so many other hats that you have to wear. I don’t want to wear those hats. I want to wear this one right out here on the practice field, call defenses and play ball and have fun with the players.”
That's an interesting outlook from someone who has seen both sides of the coin.
The Ravens and Niners will kick things off at 6:30pm ET on Sunday.