When the Atlanta Falcons hired Arthur Smith to be their next head coach in 2021, he was able to draw out longtime defensive coordinator Dean Pees from retirement. It brought some hope as Pees had an extensive track record of leading top-tier defenses. While he hasn’t had as much success in Atlanta, he has still helped them overachieve.
Of course, when you have a coach who has retired twice before, each offseason brings up the question of if he will return for another season, and for Dean Pees, that has yet to be decided.
Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees is undecided about coaching next season
There hadn’t been much talk about Dean Pees and if he would return to the Atlanta Falcons in 2023, until now. He was asked about his future with the team and if he was going to retire but he said that will be discussed privately in the future.
"“We’ll see after the season, that will be between me and my wife.”"
Obviously, it isn’t the most groundbreaking quote but it still signals the fact that Arthur Smith may be looking for a new defensive coordinator in the offseason.
The Falcons’ defense has not been good under Dean Pees, but you can hardly fault him for that. There is a clear lack of talent and coaching can only get you so much. For every Grady Jarrett and A.J. Terrell, he has an Abdullah Anderson and Ade Ogundeji starting.
The Falcons, in my opinion, would be much worse without Dean Pees. He is a well-respected coach who has proved to be a great defensive mind. He just does not currently have the talent he had in New England, Baltimore, and even Tennessee.
We should hope for him to at least return for another season because he can turn this unit around if he gets the right players.