Former Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees is coming out of retirement again, but it won’t be to return to Tennessee.
Instead, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Pees is coming out of retirement to join Arthur Smith’s first staff with the Atlanta Falcons as defensive coordinator.
The #Falcons staff is taking shape. Under coach Arthur Smith, Atlanta is expected to hire veteran defensive coordinator Dean Pees out of retirement, sources say, and they are working toward hiring Dave Ragone of the #Bears as their new offensive coordinator.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2021
Pees, according to rumors, had become a bit bored in retirement, and apparently will end retirement for the second time to coach again in the NFL.
Pees had retired as the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator after the 2017 season, but was talked out of retirement by Mike Vrabel, who had played for him in New England, and was becoming a head coach for the first time.
Like Vrabel, Smith is a first-time head coach and experienced assistants are usually a plus for a new head coach in the NFL.
Smith also is apparently close to landing one-time Titans quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone as his offensive coordinator. Ragone spent three seasons with Tennessee while Mike Munchak was the Titans’ head coach. He first served as receivers coach before moving to quarterbacks coach. Ragone currently is quarterbacks coach of the Chicago Bears.
Speaking of Munchak, he is currently in Denver as the Broncos offensive line coach, entering his third season. If he were to become available, reuniting with Smith, whom he gave his coaching start, might be interesting, especially given that Munchak’s best friend Bruce Matthews has his son Jake as the Falcons left tackle.