As far as the Ravens were concerned, the goodbye was final.
Dean Pees seemed unequivocal when he met with players before they cleaned out their lockers on New Year’s Day 2018. After 45 years of football, covering more than 600 games and 6,000 practices, Pees felt ready to stop designing defenses and start playing with grandkids. He would retire with no regrets.
Twenty-eight days later, he was defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, the team the Ravens are preparing to play Sunday in Nashville.
Pees said that when Titans coach Mike Vrabel pursued him, he “kept missing the game more and more,” a surprising statement from someone who’d retired less than a month...