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New Ravens defensive back Jordan Richards settling in after ‘unique’ debut vs. former team

New Ravens defensive back Jordan Richards settling in after ‘unique’ debut vs. former team

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Technically, Jordan Richards hasn’t missed a Patriots game yet. He was just in another uniform for one. 

Richards, one of the newest Ravens, played his first game against his former team on Sunday night, the team he played three games for already this season.

It was a bit weird for the 26-year-old, but he said he didn’t let that faze him and instead just focused on the game specifically.

“It’s an opportunity to play a football game,” Richards said. “I’ve now learned over my time in the league that players change teams, it’s just part of it all. You don’t get too caught up in it all, I’m just thankful to have an opportunity to play and try and help this team win here.”

He played 20 special teams snaps, 69% of the total special teams snaps against his former team. 

The most notable part of his night was facing his former teammates, players he’d faced for years in New England. 

“The only thing that might be somewhat unique is, I wouldn’t say an advanced scouting report, but having seen those guys every single day for a number of years, you know personal strengths more so than you’d be able to catch on the field," Richards said.

Originally a second-round pick of the Patriots, Richards played there from 2015-2017 before a stint last season in Atlanta. He was in Oakland this season, but was cut before 53-man rosters were decided. 

He played three games in New England this season after signing in October, only to be released when former Ravens defensive back Justin Bethel was cut two weeks ago. 

Meaning, in a matter of months, Richards has went from Georgia to California to Massachusetts and finally, Maryland. 

“It’s part of the game,” Richards said. “You can’t prepare yourself one way or the other for it. Like I said, it’s an opportunity to play football. My wife and I, we figure the rest of the stuff out.”

Now in what he hopes is a more permanent home, he’s gotten a look up close at the way the Ravens operate. So far, he’s been impressed.

“I think mainly it’s just appreciating the work they put in and getting to see it firsthand. You see it on tape as a competitor. It’s cool to be in those meetings to see how coach ‘Wink’ coaches, coach Horton, coach Harbaugh, the rest of the offensive staff how they coach, then see it on the field.”

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Former Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announces retirement

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Former Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announces retirement

Former Ravens and Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced his retirement from coaching Monday afternoon, just a day after Tennessee lost in the AFC Championship Game to Kansas City.

Pees, at age 70, had just finished his 47th year of coaching. He had previously been a coordinator for the Titans, Ravens and Patriots at the NFL level. He began coaching at the University of Findlay (OH) in 1979 as a defensive coordinator where he rose through the college ranks. 

Pees was in Baltimore from 2010-2017, where he started as a linebackers coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012. He won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens.

During his time as a coordinator, the Ravens ranked in the top 10 of scoring defenses three times, where he saw franchise greats like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed end their careers.

Pees’ defense in Tennessee this season stiffened down the stretch, as it allowed just 25 total points in the first two playoff games against New England and Baltimore. The Titans lost 35-24 to the Chiefs on Sunday.

In 10 of his 12 seasons as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, Pees led his defenses to a top 12 finish in points allowed.

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Former Raven Terrell Suggs and the Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl-bound

Former Raven Terrell Suggs and the Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl-bound

Terrell Suggs and the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday to advance to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 

Suggs, who spent 16 seasons with the Ravens, will look to cement his Hall of Fame candidacy with a victory in his second Super Bowl appearance (Won SB XLVII) this time as a member of the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Suggs departed from Baltimore before the 2019 season, signing a one-year deal with his hometown Arizona Cardinals before being waived mid-season. 

The Ravens were rumored to be interested in a reunion with their all-time leader in sacks but did not put in a claim, being last in waiver priority, and Suggs was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs.



While the Ravens' 2019 season ended prematurely at the hands of the Titans, fans in Baltimore can take solace knowing that Suggs and the Chiefs helped bring the Titans' magical season to an end.

Suggs' accolades (2011 AP Def. Player of the Year, 2003 AP Def. Rookie of the Year, 7x Pro-Bowl, 1x All-Pro) will stand the test of time, but adding a second Super Bowl ring to his resume would make his Hall of Fame candidacy that much greater. 

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