The Baltimore Ravens promoted linebackers coach Dean Pees to defensive coordinator on Friday, filling the void left by Chuck Pagano, who departed to Indianapolis to become the head coach of the Colts.
Pees inherits a defense that has ranked among the NFL’s best over the past decade.
Pees has been the Ravens’ linebackers coach since 2010 after working as the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009.
In each of Pees’ four seasons with New England, the Patriots ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to be a defensive coordinator for anybody in this league, but it’s especially humbling to be one for the Ravens,” Pees said, via ESPN.com. “I’m not going to be the same as Chuck Pagano. You got to be who you are.”
The team also announced that Cam Cameron will return as offensive coordinator. There had been ongoing speculation that Baltimore would not retain Cameron, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the league year in March. The Ravens offense did not live up to expectations in 2011, finishing 12th in scoring and 15th in total offense.
“We got better in some areas and there are also things we need to work on,” Cameron said, via CSNBaltimore.com. “Obviously we have a lot of unfinished business.”