Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees has informed the team he plans to return for the 2019 season.
It’s a positive development. The Titans ranked 3rd in the NFL in scoring defense in 2018, and eighth overall in total defense.
Pees, who has 46 years of coaching experience, joined the Titans last offseason after coaching with the Ravens and Patriots. Three of his six seasons as defensive coordinator in Baltimore saw the Ravens finish in the top 10 on defense. He helped guide the Ravens to a Super Bowl XLVII.
The Titans recorded their first shutout since 2000 in a 17-0 win over the New York Giants in December.
The Titans finished the year ranked sixth vs the pass, and 18th vs the run.
Pees had a health concern during the season. He left the team’s November 18 game vs the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium with a “medical issue,” and he remained in an Indianapolis hospital one night for tests. Pees returned to Nashville the following day, however, and didn’t miss a game the rest of the season.