Pees is a bit of a polarizinI have defdended Pees succeeg figure with Ravens fans. He's had 2 seasons as DC, helps win a Super Bowl by duct taping a raged-tag, injured defense (Suggs, Lewis, Reed, Webb) together and then follows up 2013 with a dud after losing Lewis and Reed. Some have said he's worse that Greg Mattison and some of the defensivce stats indicate that. However, Pees is a product of New England and as such does not think like a typical AFC North coach. Under Belichick's system he learned to be practical, pragmatic and opportunististic. He focuses on reducing red zone scores, 3rd down conversion and takeaways as opposed to yardage-stingy top 5 ranked defenses.
I understand he not Rex Ryan or Chuck pagano. It is my belief he was brought in to imitate somewhat of the Patriots do to free up cap space for Joe and other playmakers especially in light of the fact that the 19 teams in the NFL spend more money of defense by average salary:
In the top 32 averages salaries the Ravens have only 1 player (Ngata).
In the top 50 they have only 2 (Webb)
In the top 100 they have only 3 (Sizzle)
In the top 150 they have only 4 (Dumervil)
In the top 200 they have only 5 (D. Smith)
The Ravens aren't spending big money overall on defense, and the Ravens don't have many of the 200 most valuable defenders. Yet we expect it to be a top 5 defense.
What is YOUR take on Pees performance? Should he be on the hot seat for last year's defense or given a pass because it was the first year without the on field vision of Lewis and Reed?