OWINGS MILLS — Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has made a change on game days this season, moving down to the sideline from the coach’s box upstairs.
Expect Pees to remain on the sideline. The Ravens had an excellent defensive performance Week 1 against the Bills, and Pees liked interacting face-to-face with players, particularly starting safety Eric Weddle.
“I really had a good feel when the guys came off the field,” Pees said Thursday. “I also felt really good with Eric on the sideline, because he and I would talk about certain things. You got a guy really in tune to it, almost like a coach on the field. On the sideline, when we wanted to make a little bit of an adjustment on something, we could just go out and do it. I could just show it on the board and talk to them about it.”
Pees started calling defenses from the sideline during the preseason and decided he should stick with it.
“You just get a feel for staff, you get a feel for your team,” Pees said. “We got some new faces and we’re pretty young on defense. Sometimes you can just tell by looking at somebody’s body language, or looking them in the eye, how to call the game based on how we’re playing and how they react.”