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"It's makes me sick is the best way I can put it. It really does," Pees said, via the Ravens' official website. "I'm happy as can be to be 5-1. But I also feel fortunate to be 5-1 the way we're playing on defense. Hey, let's be honest; we're not playing well enough. To say it any other way would sound like a political debate.
"We gotta have an answer. We gotta do it. Cut the crap and let's get this thing done."
Pees knows what it's like to take over a legendary program and see it struggle. He was the de facto New England Patriots defensive coordinator in 2005 when the two-time defending champions' defense fell apart. (Pees officially had the job from 2006 to 2009.) Now he's taking over a Ravens defense that routinely sends its coordinators to head-coaching jobs elsewhere.