Former Patriots coach Dean Pees was taken to the local hospital due to a medical issue. The defensive coordinator suffered the problem during the Tennessee Titans Week 11 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“I would say Dean is doing OK. They took him to the hospital, they evaluated him, and they are going to keep him overnight for some tests. But everything that I heard as of now has been very positive, that he should make a full recovery and be fine with whatever he had going on upstairs,” coach Vrabel said of Pees after Sunday’s contest.
The team released a statement during the first half of the game that the defensive coordinator had a medical problem.
“Titans Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees was experiencing a medical issue during the game. He was tended to by medical personnel and was transported to a local hospital for further observation,” the statement read.
Pees started his coaching career in 1979 at the University of Findlay in Ohio. He visited Miami, Navy, Toledo, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Kent State before joining the New England Patriots as linebackers coach in 2004. Pees was defensive coordinator for the Pats in the period between 2006 to 2009. He was linebackers coach for Baltimore from 2010 to 2017. Pees won two Super Bowl championship, the first with the Pats in 2005 and the second with the Ravens in 2013. He retired on January 1, but the Titans got him back on January 29.
“One week after I retired I had gotten an offer to coach and I turned it down. I had already spoken with the officials at Medicare, talked with the NFL about my pension and had planned the move. We were ready to move our stuff to our retirement home in Michigan. Then I got a call from Mike Vrabel and he kept calling and calling. When I was sitting in the office, I kept missing the game more and more. It got to the point where I finally knew I missed it and told him ‘Yes, I’d do it,’” Pees said.