Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees announces retirement after 47 years of coaching

NASHVILLE – This time, Dean Pees says it's for real.

Two years after Titans coach Mike Vrabel persuaded Pees to come out of retirement to serve as his defensive coordinator, the 70-year-old Pees announced his retirement Monday.

It was just time, he said. Pees, who said he only ever wanted to be a high school before "one thing led to another," had been in coaching for 47 years.

"Told the team today, 721 games," Pees said during a news conference one day after the Titans' 35-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC championship game in Kansas City. "That’s a lot of games to coach."

Pees said he wants to spend more time with his wife and has his 12th grandchild on the way.

"I want to be a part of their lives," Pees said. "It's been a great profession, a great ride."

Vrabel was named the team's head coach in January 2018. After he got the call from general manager Jon Robinson, his first call was home. His next? Pees.

"I talked him out of retirement once. I didn't have the heart to do it a second time," Vrabel joked. "We're lucky that he was here."

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