NFL coaching staffs undergo facelifts from season to season, it’s just part of the business. Not only are teams looking to make moves with player personnel, but they’re also looking to do the same with their coaches.
But maintaining a sense of stability when possible is always a good thing. And that’s exactly why the Ravens’ decision to stay in-house and promote linebackers coach Dean Pees to defensive coordinator several weeks ago was the right move.
Pees takes over for Chuck Pagano, who departed to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
This move will unquestionably make the transition much easier for the Ravens defense. Considering this is the team’s fourth defensive coordinator in the past five seasons, giving the job to someone who knows and has an understanding for the players and scheme should be extremely beneficial.
Any time there’s a new guy on the block, there’s going to be some type of adjustment period. No two coaches are exactly alike. That being said, a team like the Ravens, who have been one of the NFL’s best teams over the past several seasons — the less change– the better.
That’s why promoting from within and naming Pees as the team’s new defensive coordinator was the right call.