Pees: Defensive play “makes me sick”

Dean Pees

On Wednesday, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard tried to deflect criticism for the Ravens’ subpar defensive play away from defensive coordinator Dean Pees, saying, in part,  “Don’t blame the coach. Don’t blame the coach, because the coach doesn’t play.”

The next day, Pees pointed a finger squarely at himself, saying the coaches bear responsibility for lapses in fundamentals and overall defensive play recently that “makes me sick.”

The Ravens have surrendered more than 200 rushing yards in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history and rank 26th in the league in both total defense and against the run.

“An old coach told me a long time ago ‘Nothing happens by circumstance. There’s a reason for everything.’” Pees said. “So you gotta look at it and find it.”

And looking at things closely over the past week, Pees said much of the problem boils down to fundamentals.

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