The Baltimore Ravens have had the propensity in years past to promote their defensive coordinators from within.
Mike Nolan replaced Marvin Lewis in 2002. Rex Ryan replaced Nolan in 2005. Greg Mattison replaced Ryan in 2009. And most recently, Chuck Pagano replaced Mattison in 2011.
Now that Pagano has been named the Indianapolis Colts’ head coach after one season as Ravens defensive coordinator, Dean Pees and Clarence Brooks are two names to keep an eye on in the coming days.
Pees just finished his second season as the Ravens linebackers coach. He joined the Ravens staff in 2010 after spending four seasons (2006-2009) as defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. In Pees’ four seasons with New England, the Patriots were the only team to finish in the top 10 in scoring defense in each of those four years, averaging fewer than 20 points against per each season.
Pees’ stint with New England was highlighted in 2006, when the Patriots set a franchise record for fewest points allowed per game (14.8).
Brooks, who coaches the Ravens defensive line, has been with the franchise since 2005. Over the past six seasons, the Ravens run defense has finished in the top five due in large part to Brooks’ work with guys like Haloti Ngata, Kelly Gregg, Justin Bannan, Cory Redding and Terrence Cody.
He has been a defensive line coach in the NFL since 1993 making stops in Chicago (1993-1998), Cleveland (1999) and Miami (2000-2004) before joining the Ravens.