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Mike Vrabel reached out to Dean Pees about return to Titans

When news broke that the Atlanta Falcons were reportedly set to hire Dean Pees as their defensive coordinator, joining the staff of head coach Arthur Smith, we asked the question: why didn’t the Tennessee Titans, a team looking for a defensive coordinator, try to bring him back?

Well, according to John Glennon of Broadway Sports, apparently that did happen. Glennon is reporting that Titans head coach Mike Vrabel indeed reached out to Pees about a potential return to his old job as the Titans’ defensive coordinator.

However, it appears Pees, who retired after the 2019 campaign and two seasons under Vrabel, opted for the job with the Falcons instead.

Why Pees decided to go to Atlanta instead of Tennessee is unclear. Glennon does speculate that perhaps the veteran defensive coordinator wanted a fresh start elsewhere.

Before this news came to light, Vrabel and the Titans were heading for a situation in which they would have been criticized for letting Pees go to Atlanta when they are in the market for a defensive coordinator themselves.

But now it appears Pees made the decision to join Smith in Atlanta even with the opportunity to get his old job in Nashville back.

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