Lombardi: Products of environment
Which new head coaches have the best support systems? Michael Lombardi examines each situation. More ...
Harbaugh said he only looked at internal candidates for the job. Pees was the secondary coach at Miami of Ohio when Harbaugh was a defensive back at the school.
"We go back a long way," Harbaugh said. "If Dean can make me any kind of a player, that shows you the kind of great coach he really is."
Harbaugh also announced that Cam Cameron would be back as the team's offensive coordinator. Cameron has orchestrated the Ravens' offense for the past four seasons and was set to become a free agent this offseason, leading to speculation about his future with the team. The Ravens ranked 15th in total offense in 2011.
"It was a foregone conclusion to me (to bring Cameron back), Harbaugh said. "I was excited about it. It was a good year. We turned a lot of things over on offense."
Cameron said the length of his contract was still being determined.
"I called (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) and said,
Hey, I'm just thrilled to be back,'" Cameron said. "And Ozzie said,Cam, in our minds, you were never gone.' And that means the world. Obviously, we've got a lot of unfinished business."
Harbaugh also announced that special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg also will be back, and said hiring a quarterbacks coach is a possibility.
The Associated Press contributed to this report