Titans' DC Dean Pees Announces Retirement After 47-Year Career

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2020

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees answers questions before an NFL football practice Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans are scheduled to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that defensive coordinator Dean Pees is retiring after a 47-year coaching career.

John Glennon @glennonsports

#Titans' Pees says it's "just time" to go, wants to spend more time with his wife. His 12th grandchild is on the way. Has 9 grandsons. "Been a great profession a great ride."

John Glennon @glennonsports

#Titans' Pees: "This time, (retirement) is for real ... I'm done coaching."

John Glennon @glennonsports

Dean Pees says all he ever really wanted to be was a HS coach. "One thing led to another and one thing led to another." #Titans

Pees spent the past two seasons as Tennessee's defensive coordinator. 

Under Pees, the Titans finished this past season 21st in yards allowed (359.5) and 12th in points sacrificed (20.7). That defense was excellent down the stretch, however, holding the Houston Texans to 14 points in Week 17, the New England Patriots to 13 points in a 20-13 wild-card win and the explosive Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson to just 12 points in Tennessee's shocking 28-12 divisional-round upset.

The magic ran out against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in a 35-24 loss with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. 

His departure leaves two holes in the team's defensive staff:

Paul Kuharsky @PaulKuharskyNFL

Mike Vrabel now has open defensive coordinator and defensive back coach slots to fill on his staff. Lost Dean Pees to retirement and Kerry Combs to Ohio State DC post today. #Titans

Pees, 70, has held several prominent coaching roles in his long career, which has included being the defensive coordinator for the Toledo Rockets (1990-93), the Michigan State Spartans (1995-97), the New England Patriots (2006-09) and the Baltimore Ravens (2012-17). During those stints, Pees worked with a number of all-time great coaches, including Nick Saban and Bill Belichick.

He was also the head coach for the Kent State Golden Flashes (1998-03) where he posted a 17-51 record.

His first coaching job came in 1973 as an assistant at Ohio's Elmwood High School. He served as the head coach for Elmwood from 1975-78 before taking over as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Division II's Findlay in 1979.


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