NFL Notes: Dean Pees, Patriots, Titans


Dean Pees

Former Ravens DC Dean Pees explained why he decided to come out of retirement and join the Titans’ coaching staff as their new defensive coordinator in an interview with Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun.

“One week after I retired I had gotten an offer to coach and I turned it down,” said Pees. “I had already spoken with the officials at Medicare, talked with the NFL about my pension and had planned the move. We were ready to move our stuff to our retirement home in Michigan.

“Then I got a call from Mike Vrabel [first year Tennessee head coach] and he kept calling and calling. When I was sitting in the office, I kept missing the game more and more. It got to the point where I finally knew I missed it and told him ‘Yes, I’d do it.'”

The Titans have also hired Dean’s son, Matt, but he says that he had already agreed to take the job before anything was official with his son.

“I had already taken the job before Matt was hired and would have done so without them hiring him,” Pees said. “But this is the right situation at the right time. I get to coach with my son and how many people get to work with their children in the same profession? He has a wife and child, has worked hard and this is a great opportunity for him.

“And just think, I really was done. This opportunity just came across at the right time.”


Patriots QB Tom Brady told reporters on Tuesday that his hand is “getting better” but still isn’t 100 percent yet.

“It’s getting better,” Brady said, via Pro Football Talk. “It’s not quite where I want to be, so I’m just trying to protect it the best way I can. It’s obviously a very important part of my body for a quarterback, so I want it to be as healthy as possible for the game on Sunday.”

Brady has been wearing a black glove on his right hand the past few days, which he explains was made for him by Underarmour.

“Underarmour just made it for me,” Brady said. “It’s a great glove. It’s got a lot of recovery in it, and that’s what I need at this time.”


  • According to Cameron Wolfe, no defensive coaches from the Titans’ 2017 staff are expected to return for next season under new HC Mike Vrabel.
  • Wolfe says that the closest any coach came to returning was DB coach Deshea Townsend, but he has been replaced by Kerry Coombs.