Ravens' Dean Pees: 'It's Been A Great, Great Run'

1/2/18

By Bo Smolka, PRESSBOX

Confirming rumors that had been swirling for the past couple of weeks, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees met with the team Jan. 1 and announced his retirement, drawing an emotional response from Ravens players and leaving the organization with a major void as it tries to move on after a stunningly abrupt end to the 2017 season.

The Ravens (9-7) were knocked out of playoff contention in the final minute of the season by the Cincinnati Bengals when the Bengals scored on a 49-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-12 for a 31-27 win New Year's Eve.

As players returned to the team's Owings Mills, Md., facility for final team meetings and to clean out their lockers the next morning, Pees, 68, informed them of his decision to step away from the game that has been his career since he first began working as a high school coach at Elmwood High School in Ohio in 1973.

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