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Where do you stand on Dean Pees as our DC and why?

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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?

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I'm not the biggest Pees fan. But he's not entirely at fault for the defenses struggles. The defense had it's moments last year. Suggs and Dumervil were at times, mainly the beginning of the year, VERY effective..... Only to get gassed by the end of the game due to an incompetent offense.

Yeah, not everything was his fault. If the offense sucks, the defense is gonna get tired. I guarentee you, if we has a semi decent offense who could stay on the field, the defense would've been better in the fourth.

I do think Pees is ultra conservative, but he's not entirely to blame

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I see him as a serviceable DC... I sure wish Pags didn't get that head coaching gig though!

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Pees has the experience and knowledge of the game that we need. I believe his best trait as a coach is our redzone defense, it's been great the last 2 years. I think he's done a solid job with what he's had. Ideally, I'd like the Jets to fire Rex Ryan after this season and we bring him back as the DC ... but that's a pipe dream lol. 

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I see him as a serviceable DC... I sure wish Pags didn't get that head coaching gig though!

 

I still would like to see Rex back. However, Pees did a good job, when consider what a tough spot he was put in with all the injuries he had to deal with at the begining of his carreer as the DC of the Ravens and than the rebuilding phase following the SB win. That's alot of young talent he needs to coach. I think he's one of the better DC's the Ravens had. I still miss Rex, though. :)

 

Our offense will be better this year and our defense should be better this year, so for me it's TBD....

 

I agree, our offense put alot of pressure on the defense, the way they couldn't stay on the field. If Kubiak manages to work his magic with Flacco, though, we might have a top 10 offense to complement our top 10 defense. I know, it's premature, but I can dream, right?

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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?

Interesting points, and if our offence takes off in the way we've wanted it to in the past couple of years I wouldn't mind him sticking around. If you have two very aggressive styles you end up like the Houston Oilers pre-salary cap, and I do think we want our offence to be the big aggressor (yeah I know the drafts haven't really shown it, but I think it's more complex than that).

 

I think Pees is there so our defence can keep a lid on things, but that relies on the offence taking over games. And a perfect example of that working would be the SB run. We don't let our defence get torched (hold them to FGs, etc) and the offence wins the games. But this past season didn't really see that, so I'm happy to give him another shot and jump in with the TBD group. Wouldn't mind seeing some more blitzes and making life difficult for opposing QBs though (especially rookie ones).

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I'm not the biggest Pees fan. But he's not entirely at fault for the defenses struggles. The defense had it's moments last year. Suggs and Dumervil were at times, mainly the beginning of the year, VERY effective..... Only to get gassed by the end of the game due to an incompetent offense.

Yeah, not everything was his fault. If the offense sucks, the defense is gonna get tired. I guarentee you, if we has a semi decent offense who could stay on the field, the defense would've been better in the fourth.

I do think Pees is ultra conservative, but he's not entirely to blame

To be fair, the time of possession was very slightly against us this past season (we had the ball for 30:20 a game and our opponents had it for 30:38).

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Not as good as most of our past coordinators, but solid.

Is he? He doesn't have near the talent to work with that the other guys did.....Rex's organized chaos would simply be chaos with the cast we had the past two years

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I'm content with Pees. I'm not overly elated that's he's our guy there, but I'm not really frustrated with him, either. I think this year will tell us a lot, so I might choose an actual side of the fence come next offseason depending on what I see this time around.

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Pees has the experience and knowledge of the game that we need. I believe his best trait as a coach is our redzone defense, it's been great the last 2 years. I think he's done a solid job with what he's had. Ideally, I'd like the Jets to fire Rex Ryan after this season and we bring him back as the DC ... but that's a pipe dream lol.

Yes, he is a good d DC, but I miss the pressure packages. This is why people compare him to Mattison. When we have guys like Suggs and Doom to draw attention, we need to be bringing pressure from other spots. With the speed we now have at the LB and S spots, I really want to see us start to get aggressive. But, I don't see that happening with Pees as DC.

As for Rex, I doubt he would ever return after we passed on him for Harbs. Too bad because he was a great DC, and will be again once the Jets give him the boot, but I don't think there would be any way he would do it here.

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Solid defensive coordinator. I think that describes him best. Would I hire Wade Phillips over him? Yes.

Unless he wanted to take a break from coaching, I'm amazed no one has taken him yet. I'd love to have him on the staff.

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So far I'm a fan.  There weren't really any times where his play calling was total crap in my opinion.  Not like Mattison and the memorable 3 man rush trying to finish out games.

 

Belichick is a defensive genius so whatever he learned in New England I am fine with.  Our legendary 2000 defense wasn't even ranked 1st in yards that season.  It's all about points.  

 

Looking at our group of players I don't fault Pees at all.  A lot of young guys and a lot of turnover.  I recall last season most of the mistakes being the players fault.  Not playing the ball correctly, poor coverage, missed tackles.  Haven't really seen any problems I can directly put on Pees.

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Yes, he is a good d DC, but I miss the pressure packages. This is why people compare him to Mattison. When we have guys like Suggs and Doom to draw attention, we need to be bringing pressure from other spots. With the speed we now have at the LB and S spots, I really want to see us start to get aggressive. But, I don't see that happening with Pees as DC.

As for Rex, I doubt he would ever return after we passed on him for Harbs. Too bad because he was a great DC, and will be again once the Jets give him the boot, but I don't think there would be any way he would do it here.

We have used a few pressure moves this past season - particularly from Arthur Brown and Daryl Smith - but I agree it'd be nice to see a few more, to keep an OL honest. With Mosley brought in and Elam getting closer to the LoS, I could see a few more fun moves in the future. But we'll see.

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i think pees is pretty damn good and i dont get why so many dont like him. he may be "conservative" in the sense that he doesnt bring that heavy blitz consistently, but he keeps it mixed up, and his situational play calling is pretty spot on, he has his slip ups, but that can also be a lack of execution, but for the most part, when the chips are down, he knows what play call to make and he does it well, last year was a matter of not executing in crucial moments

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I like Pees, his defense isn't about athleticism but more on positioning and reads. Works well with the veterans we have, and also forces our young guys to learn the game. I'm fine with him.

 

He's shown us that he can game plan very well, we just struggle sometimes with adjustments, but I don't know who to blame for that. 

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imho,,he is serviceable he is good he would not be my top 5 DC,I like those aggressive chaotic defenses,, we have a patriot type def,it is OK ,,,    

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I wish he would be a bit more aggressive outside the redzone but he has a good redzone defense which helps. As said, he has a similar style to that of the Pats old defenses. I think he is a good DC but I wouldn't go call him some great mastermind. He does a good job and the defense is respectable. Hopefully with the talent on that squad now, he can make this defense even better(should also throw in an improved offense to control TOP even though it wasn't that lopsided to start).

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I stand where I stand with all the other defensive coordinators....meaning this defense was built/made by legendary players.

 

Ray Lewis ,Ed Reed etc etc.  And those players got a lot of coaches jobs over the years.

 

Marvin Lewis:

Mike Nolan:

Rex Ryan:

Chuck Pagano:

 

all seem like solid coaches but considering they had several all time greats playing for them.

 

This will really be a test for Dean Pees, considering Suggs and Ngata are near the end. Elvis isn't getting any younger. We got to see which young stud is going to emerge as an elite playmaker.

 

Look Dean Pees had success in New England so he was accomplished before coming to Baltimore.  I think last year showed Dean Pees is doing a solid job. He's a little more conservative than Rex like Pagano was, but still solid.

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There are many interesting points made here so far.  The term "conservative" to me needs to be defined better.  I may be just used to the NFC North style of smash mouth football and that to me is "conservative", i.e. being the norm.  Our departure from that in recent years (even under Pagano/Matgtison) I think is a reflection now of the fact that they have their franchise QB who'll soon strart costing them an arm ana leg in the salary cap.  They very deftly tailored high priced veteran their contracts to be as cap friendly as possible and that meant using the "best practices" of another successful team they had to emulate in order to compete with - the Patriots. They used rookies, cast-offs, criminals and washed up vets to fill roles (on both sides) and it works.  Pees was an insider in that system for years and after a year of learning the Ravens-way he got his shot and began remodling the defense in a similar fashion to the Patriots the those reasons. 

 

He's had two years, lost is leadership after the first year and had a newer/younger roster for his second.  He didn;t have the talent that Rex or Pagano had with super stars in or very close to their prime.  He did what they do in New England and filled the rest with role players and new how to read offenses to game them situationally.  Late year wasn;t his year, but again, I don;tfault him as much as Caldwell for letting the offense fall off the map.  

 

Being "conservative" to me means a departure from high pressure, smashmouth to a finesseful, intellectual game.  The Ravens seem to actually prefer smart players to athletic freaks these days because they can pick up the reads to outwit rather than outrun or hit.

 

Having Kubiak will only help Pees out.  I don't expect a repeat of last year even with potential injuries.  But it seems to me there are many fans and even some radio show hosts that really do a disservice to the man.   

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Another factor I expect to get heat for is that I think we overstated Pagano's impact a bit.

 

In 2011, aside from Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, we faced Colt McCoy, a rookie Andy Lolton (the third-year guy's bad enough), Matt Schaub, Blaine Gabbert, Mat Hasselbeck, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Alex Smith (with a porous line, no less), Kevin Kolb, Tarvaris Jackson and Curtis Painter or whoever the Colts used (Wiki tells me it was Dan Orlovsky. My point exactly). We also had much better personnel on defence than 2012.

 

In 2012, we did face Schaub and Dalton again, and the Browns upgraded to Brandon Weeden (lol). We also had Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Tony Romo (not throwing a game-losing interception), Eli Manning and RGKnee at his peak. Chuck in the guys we lost in the prior offseason and injury struggles and it shouldn't have been a surprise that our defence was that dreadful - especially after looking so dominant the year before. We did face our share of useless QBs, but there weren't 13 of them in the season.

 

I liked Pagano, but it'd be interesting to see how he'd have done in 2012. And I wonder if his dominant year skewed our views on Pees a little.

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Our D lacked a true FS and ILB running mate for Smith

Suggs, Doom, Canty and Webb were coming off injuries or injured themselves and Ngata just isnt the force he used to be. We drafted a ton on D and that needs to come to light this year, because it didnt manifest last year. They will be an impressive unit and Pees will be part of that.

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Yes, he is a good d DC, but I miss the pressure packages. This is why people compare him to Mattison. When we have guys like Suggs and Doom to draw attention, we need to be bringing pressure from other spots. With the speed we now have at the LB and S spots, I really want to see us start to get aggressive. But, I don't see that happening with Pees as DC.

As for Rex, I doubt he would ever return after we passed on him for Harbs. Too bad because he was a great DC, and will be again once the Jets give him the boot, but I don't think there would be any way he would do it here.

 

Pees is that middle ground between Mattison and Rex or even Pagano, so I don't mind him as the DC. I do truly miss those insane pressure packages though. I don't see a return to that with Pees either, which is unfortunate. That was a huge part of our identity. However, I do not think Pees has aspirations to be a HC, so it is nice to have stability for the young players.

 

As for Rex, I actually think he would return if given the chance. I believe him and Harbaugh are on good terms and he can see why we chose John. I'd love to get him back in Bmore, he's the best DC in the game IMO. 

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Pees is that middle ground between Mattison and Rex or even Pagano, so I don't mind him as the DC. I do truly miss those insane pressure packages though. I don't see a return to that with Pees either, which is unfortunate. That was a huge part of our identity. However, I do not think Pees has aspirations to be a HC, so it is nice to have stability for the young players.

 

As for Rex, I actually think he would return if given the chance. I believe him and Harbaugh are on good terms and he can see why we chose John. I'd love to get him back in Bmore, he's the best DC in the game IMO. 

 

I agree with everything you stated, except the last part. Rex Ryan is one prideful man, and I don't think he'd be happy to return to a team that passed him up for a different coach who was completely unrelated to the team. In order to do that, he would have to eat a huge amount of crow, and a prideful guy just does not do that. Am I faulting him for that? Heck no, but that's just the way it is.

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I agree with everything you stated, except the last part. Rex Ryan is one prideful man, and I don't think he'd be happy to return to a team that passed him up for a different coach who was completely unrelated to the team. In order to do that, he would have to eat a huge amount of crow, and a prideful guy just does not do that. Am I faulting him for that? Heck no, but that's just the way it is.

Rex would prefer to keep is job as the Jets HC, but if he was to be fired I think he would accept just about any coaching position that was offered to him. Coming back here might be a slightly embarrassing, but he would not refuse a job offer if he was out of one.

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Rex would prefer to keep is job as the Jets HC, but if he was to be fired I think he would accept just about any coaching position that was offered to him. Coming back here might be a slightly embarrassing, but he would not refuse a job offer if he was out of one.

I don't see it that way. If he was fired, teams would line up for him as a DC. It's not like we would be the only team interested. And we would have to fire Pees because as someone else stated, he has no desire to be a HC. I just don't see a situation where Rex would be back with us.

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The Patriots defense hasn't been the same since Pees left. I like him as our Coordinator. He's one of the smarter coordinators in the game. A lot of the big yards given up was due to a rookie SS playing FS, Webb recovering from his knee injury, and Ngata playing non motivated for most of the season. I can only remember 1 time I cursed him out through the TV screen and that was the 4th down play against Miami. Other then that he's been very solid.

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I don't like his style - his is way too passive overall.

 

Let me put it this way - we just gave him our top 3 picks last season and our top 3 picks this season plus FA additions last year in Smith and Dumerville.

 

So yeah, I expect a Top 5 defense this season. I expected better than out of the Top 10 last season.

 

Anything out of the Top 8 though means he has failed IMO.

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I thought our defense last year has been the most impressive since pees got to our organization.

I think Pees has a great ability to utilize players ability. He put in a system that caters to teamwork in defense, instead of making superstars. Everyone has a shot to get in the field and have a role, so that when next year comes around you have players that can fill in and be effective when someone goes down.

I expect few of our year2 role players to really shine this year. Maybe find Tyson, John & Brandon to come out and be the next 'Art Jones'

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Pees is about as good as you're going to get in this league right now.  There's not too many great DCs right now that last long term.  A new guy will go to a new team, switch things up for a year and then once the shock value is gone the defense returns to what it normally was/is.  Pees is what he is, a good, not great DC.  I'm ok with that until we can breed another "mad scientist" of types.

One thing Pagano did that can't be overstated was often and how well timed our Dline movements were executed.  We played Dline games inside the actual football game to setup Olineman so it wasn't just a matter of a guy beating another guy, but he found ways to have 4 guys or 5 guys confuse 5 offensive lineman.  Look at how many of Suggs' sacks that year were off a stunt and he's just untouched.

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Pees is about as good as you're going to get in this league right now.  There's not too many great DCs right now that last long term.  A new guy will go to a new team, switch things up for a year and then once the shock value is gone the defense returns to what it normally was/is.  Pees is what he is, a good, not great DC.  I'm ok with that until we can breed another "mad scientist" of types.

We will find out this year. Our next "mad scientist" was Terryl Austin IMO, and he will get his shot with the Lions this year. Wish we could have held on to him. He was defiantly a strength on our coaching staff and his contributions to our CBs was huge. Jimmy, Corey, and even Carry played unbelievable under Austin and Pagano. I know Carry was hated on these boards, but he was actually a really good corner. A big part of him getting beat from time to time was more related to Ed Reed guessing and not being where he was supposed to be.

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I miss the days of organized chaos.

Unfortunately Pees doesn'tg have the same caliber of players Rex did with Lewis, Reed, Thomas, and McAlister on defense.  I think Rex's organized chaos with the 2014 roster would just be chaos.

 

I don't like his style - his is way too passive overall.

 

Let me put it this way - we just gave him our top 3 picks last season and our top 3 picks this season plus FA additions last year in Smith and Dumerville.

 

So yeah, I expect a Top 5 defense this season. I expected better than out of the Top 10 last season.

 

Anything out of the Top 8 though means he has failed IMO.

I can understand disliking the style.  Bend-don;t-break is very different from our original smashmouth style.  But it works.  It worked well enough for a Super Bowl run and not so well in 2013 without Lewis' player leadership presence on field.  That may be the one thing that Pees is lacking is a that firely personality that Pagano and Rex have.  However, I think that Suggs, Canty and D.Smith are all now assuming various veteran leaderrship roles and building a new identity without Lewis and Reed.

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Yeah not a fan of the style but I think he is a good DC overall, we were usually in the right situations on defense. Now we just have to hope that Kubiak puts our offense in the right situations lol

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Last season our offense had horrible Time of Possession. Far too many times we went 3 and out in the blink of an eye. I remember many games where the defense kept the score pretty low but got gassed in the 2nd half. Kubiaks offense is built to dominate time of possession. It will be interesting to see how Pees can run the defense when the players are a little more fresh. 

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Last season our offense had horrible Time of Possession.

That isn't true. The TOP was nearly even for the year, and that includes our defense giving up several long 4th quarter drives.

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Without reading all of the posts because I'm far too lazy, the gassed excuse is a bad one. If you look at the individual games and not just the stats presented by ESPN, the Ravens usually led in TOP. I remember the Steelers game that the Ravens lost by a FG. The Ravens led by like 4 or 5 minutes in TOP, but the defense let up a seven minute drive. They led against the Browns when they allowed a final drive by Campbell. They actually led against the Packers until the final Packers drive. It's an awful excuse.

Now, if you said it's demoralizing for the offense to not put up points after the defense makes stops, I'd buy that a little more, but they weren't gassed. Stop that argument right there.

Now, as far as Pees goes, he's never been a coordinator that limits yardage, but like you said, he limits third downs, points, and gets takeaways. I'd love to see him be more aggressive, but if you look at what he's had to work with, he's had lots of young guys and injuries. He hasn't exactly had a defense that was experienced enough or had enough pieces to get creative with. This year, the defense has been together for a year and has the chemistry. This year he'll likely be able to dial up some more creative packages.

You also have to consider that all Pees can do is call the play. He cannot make sure the player makes the tackle or gets that interception. He may be conservative, but he's usually got a fairly good play called, but lack of execution is a big problem. I blame that on the CBA.

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That isn't true. The TOP was nearly even for the year, and that includes our defense giving up several long 4th quarter drives.

I touched on it, but the Ravens usually led by at least five minutes in several games before giving up long, long drives in games such as Cleveland, Green Bay, and the Steelers. People look at that ESPN stat, but that doesn't tell the whole story

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Forgot to mention this and I hope I can find the source, but the Ravens were a top 10 (maybe top 5, can't remember) defense in the first half. They were outstanding.

Coming out of half, they dropped into the middle of the pack, and I don't think the defense is getting gassed after a 15 minute break. In the fourth, they were one of the absolute worst.

I'm not sure if that's other teams making better adjustments or the Ravens not making enough, but that actually does worry me

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I like Dean Pees because if the players do the little things right you win easy. It's ALL about the little things. Get pressure, pursue, make tackles, and keep the play in front of you. If you do that in a Pees defense, you win. Simple as that.

 

The problem that most people don't see is that our players suck in pursuit and, overall, they suck at making tackles. The thing people just don't understand is that when you do the little things wrong, the defense falls apart. Since Pees' defense is so reliant on the little things, it simply fails when the players fail.

 

The only downside is that it relies too much on getting pressure with four. But the coverage schemes are so complicated, well-disguised, and intricate that you don't even need the pressure all the time. 

 

EDIT: I think the complaints about "style" are unfounded. Our philosophy in 2000 was actually quite similar to what Pees' philosophy is. Admittedly, I haven't seen every game from that season, but what I saw showed that we relied on a four man rush, not a lot of blitzes, and we used a good bit of zone shells. Pees' philosophy and the 2000 philosophy are very very similar. The difference is the players. Our current lineup lacks the toughness that the 2000 guys had.

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That isn't true. The TOP was nearly even for the year, and that includes our defense giving up several long 4th quarter drives.

 

Fair enough. I'm going off of memory of what I saw this year. We certainly did have a lot of 3 and outs though that put our defense right back out there. My main point was a Kubiak offense generally ranks pretty highly in TOP. In 2012 Houston was #1 and in 2013 they were still top 10. With increased TOP on offense, Pees' defense surely will improve. 

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Pees just has to sure up late half and late game situations. Whether it be a form of prevent defense or defensive collapses we seemed to give up too many points late in halves. ( but also there were plenty of times the offense failed to give the defense a couple rest with a few first downs. ).

Statistically these 2 years have been bad. Mattison had a top 10 stats defense but he just frustrated me so much with the conservative approach and predictable blitzes.

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I like Dean Pees because if the players do the little things right you win easy. It's ALL about the little things. Get pressure, pursue, make tackles, and keep the play in front of you. If you do that in a Pees defense, you win. Simple as that.

The problem that most people don't see is that our players suck in pursuit and, overall, they suck at making tackles. The thing people just don't understand is that when you do the little things wrong, the defense falls apart. Since Pees' defense is so reliant on the little things, it simply fails when the players fail.

The only downside is that it relies too much on getting pressure with four. But the coverage schemes are so complicated, well-disguised, and intricate that you don't even need the pressure all the time.

EDIT: I think the complaints about "style" are unfounded. Our philosophy in 2000 was actually quite similar to what Pees' philosophy is. Admittedly, I haven't seen every game from that season, but what I saw showed that we relied on a four man rush, not a lot of blitzes, and we used a good bit of zone shells. Pees' philosophy and the 2000 philosophy are very very similar. The difference is the players. Our current lineup lacks the toughness that the 2000 guys had.

Current NFL is not like 2000 however. In 2000 we ran a predominantly 4-3. Had 2 big hogs Goose and Adams in middle to take on blockers keep Lineman off of Ray Lewis to shut down Run first. While McCrary Burnett played the edges and Boulware was mostly a pass rusher but was solid in coverage wen asked to do so. Sharper was really good in coverage.

Starks and Mcallister were great in man coverage.

Boulware played with his hand on ground a lot too.

We had 3 guys that could beat their men for sacks at any given time.

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Pees just has to sure up late half and late game situations. Whether it be a form of prevent defense or defensive collapses we seemed to give up too many points late in halves. ( but also there were plenty of times the offense failed to give the defense a couple rest with a few first downs. ).

Statistically these 2 years have been bad. Mattison had a top 10 stats defense but he just frustrated me so much with the conservative approach and predictable blitzes.

Mattison was clueless.  He had a top 2 defense and put up top 10 stats.  He caused a 3 game slide trying to switch back to a 4-3.  He couldn't manage the hybrid scheme Rex put in place.  Mattison also had better talent around him too than Pees. 

 

The metrics for success have changed.  Who cares about the yardage or another score per game if you're tighting down on the red zone, the 3rd down conversions, and increasing take aways?  Let the Steelers keep their stingy, old-school defense.  Its about the W's, not the stats.  As long as it does enough to let the offense win.  That's what got the Patriots to the Super Bowl 5 times in 11 years.

 

Current NFL is not like 2000 however. In 2000 we ran a predominantly 4-3. Had 2 big hogs Goose and Adams in middle to take on blockers keep Lineman off of Ray Lewis to shut down Run first. While McCrary Burnett played the edges and Boulware was mostly a pass rusher but was solid in coverage wen asked to do so. Sharper was really good in coverage.

Starks and Mcallister were great in man coverage.

Boulware played with his hand on ground a lot too.

We had 3 guys that could beat their men for sacks at any given time.

...and that's something that Pees hasn 't had.  He got Lewis and Reed but late in their careers.  Suggs and Webb coming off severe injuries.  Then in 2013 Reed and Lewis are out and their is a leadership void.  You can't underestimate the power that Lewis brought to that lockerroom especially for that SB run.  Pure emotional drive.  They didn't have that after he left and it showed at times.  Pees may find his firey on-field and lockerroom leader yet.  Canty and D. Smith reportedly are mentors and motivators.  Suggs is more of a "swagger" guy.

 

However, as long as they have Flacco's contract ballooning over the next few years, they'll need to continue to pinch pennies on defense the way New England did after giving Brady a mega-deal.  Pees understands that philopsophy and will money-ball that defense.  I don't ever think we get back to the ridiculous top defense we've grown accustomed to.  We're going to see something like New England - pragmatic, opportunistic, smartly called - and doing just enough to let the offense win.

 

I wouldn't think of the defense as being bad lately, it's different and reflects the teams overall philosophy moving forward.

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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.

 

 

Where are you getting that from?According to spotrac we ranked third last year in cap spaced used on defense.

 

http://www.spotrac.com/cap-tracker/nfl/2013/defense/

 

We used $42,593,129 on offense and $55,511,815 of cap space on defense in 2013 and used our first three draft picks on defense.That's why we expected the defense to be somewhere near the top 5.We also used all of our free agent money on defensive players last year.

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Way too early to tell or call for Peas head. Lets see what he does this year with some talent.

He's been our DC coordinator for 2 seasons now-I think that's enough time to start having a serious discussion about him.

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