Dean Peace won a Super Bowl ring as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, and another as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator. Now that he’s the Falcons’ defensive coordinator, he says he expects to hold his players to the same standard.
During his training camp practice to the media, Pease said the Falcons’ performance on defense has been unacceptable over the years, and he sees changing the culture as a major part of his job in New England and Baltimore.
“We are changing the culture here in Dadgum,” Pease said. “It will not be mediocre. It won’t be average. It won’t be in the bottom half of the league like it has been for 15 of the last 20 years. That’s why he’s sick. We have to take responsibility, and no one else but us. I’m tired of everyone telling us how bad we are because after a while they start to believe it. . . . Guys around here on defense sometimes believe 15th is okay or something. We’ve been in the top 10 once in the last 20 years. That chaos is over. Sorry, I’m getting fired today, but I’m tired of this crap. We’re going to change the defense culture around this freakin’ place. People are going to start talking about Atlanta’s defense like Baltimore and New England. The same thing happens around here.
The Falcons defense was ugly last season in Pace’s first year as coordinator. If he doesn’t make the grade in his second year, he probably won’t get three years.