Ravens Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees on Winning Super Bowl XLVII: “We are Pretty Lucky. We Played Well in the Red Area.”February 5, 2013 – 6:30 am by Steven Cuce
It may not have been pretty for the Baltimore Ravens after the blackout in the Superdome, but the defense made a huge goal line stand when it counted the most in crunch time. The Ravens jumped out to a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter and were able to hold on 34-31.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees feels fortunate to win a Super Bowl and explains in the following interview how Baltimore was able to come away with a victory on Super Sunday.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees joined 790 The Zone in Atlanta with Mayhem in the AM to discuss defending Colin Kaepernick, the Ravens defense being great in the red area this season, his mindset when the power went out in the Superdome and his coaching career.
How much was the defense on their toes trying to defend Colin Kaepernick at the end of the game?
“Well that’s the thing we talked about all week. We did a good job early on taking him away and being very disciplined on defense. We said, even when we were up 28-6, this team has come back. They had come back against Atlanta. They are capable of coming back against anybody. You can’t let them get on a roll and we gave them a couple of short fields in the third quarter. They got a lot of momentum and even on the play where he broke to the outside for the touchdown, it really wasn’t so much an option on that one. He just took off and outran everybody and he’s a scary guy.”
If I was to tell you that you were going to give up a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher, a 200-yard receiver and you are going to be the Super Bowl Champions. What would you say?
“I would have said we are pretty lucky. It means we played well in the red area. That’s what we kind of have done all year. We’ve not been statistically the same team we have been in the past with Baltimore, but we’ve been very, very good in the red area. We’ve held people down in points, even though we really didn’t do it [Sunday] night. But like I said, a couple of them were on short fields and you can’t give somebody like that a small field, but the bottom line is it just shows you that stats don’t really mean as much as points in the final outcome.”
What’s going through your mind up 28-6 and the lights go out? What was your course of action?
“Well I wasn’t happy when the lights went out because that’s when our momentum was at its best. We had really felt like we had given them the opportunity to regroup. Obviously it’s nobody’s fault and we needed to come out of that. Actually we came out of it and it was a third down and we stopped them on that next play, but I just wanted to keep that game going the way it was going. We had a lot of momentum at that time.”
Talk about your career and I’d imagine you’ve seen just about everything:
“Well I consider myself a very, very fortunate coach in that I have coached for 40 years and like you said, I’ve had Lou Holtz and Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, John Harbaugh. Did I name Gary Pinkel out of Missouri? I coordinated for him. I’ve just been very, very lucky. Knock on wood, I’ve gone 40 years in this profession and never been fired, which I don’t know if there is many coaches that can say that. I am very proud of that, but even going back to when I was a Division II coach in Ohio, we won a national championship. I’ve had some great mentors and some great people I have worked with. I’ve been on some great staffs and I feel like a very fortunate coach.”