Now that Pagano is leaving the Ravens after one season as defensive coordinator to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Dean Pees and Clarence Brooks are two names to remember in the coming days.
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In 2006, their first season under Pees, the Patriots set a franchise record for points allowed per game (14.8).
Pees has known John Harbaugh for three decades. In 1983, he coached the Ravens head coach at Miami University (Ohio).
On Tuesday, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston reported that Pees could become Pagano’s replacement.
Brooks, who coaches the defensive line, has been with the Ravens since 2005 (he replaced Ryan). The Ravens have finished in the top five in rushing defense for six straight seasons thanks in part to his work with players such as Haloti Ngata, Kelly Gregg, Justin Bannan, Cory Redding and Suggs, who works with Brooks, too.
He has been a defensive line coach in the NFL since 1993 with previous stops in Chicago, Cleveland and Miami.