Friday, January 18, 2013
Pees on slowing Brady: Hire Tonya Harding
By Jamison Hensley
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees coached six years with the Patriots. So, what's his secret to slowing down Tom Brady?
"Hire Tonya Harding," Pees joked. "If they were getting off the bus, I’d spray water outside the bus and hope it freezes."
The Ravens haven't had to resort to extreme measures like Harding, who conspired to attack her chief skating competition Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Baltimore has held Brady in check while splitting the past four meetings with him. His 63.1 Total QBR against the Ravens since 2008 (including the playoffs) is his second-worst against any opponent. Brady's only fared worse against the Jets (a QBR of 59.5).
Brady has thrown an interception once every 33 dropbacks against the Ravens since 2008, including the playoffs. That’s the highest interception percentage during that span of the seven quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks against the Ravens, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Pees, who is in his first season as the Ravens' defensive coordinator, understands the challenge of trying to stop Brady.
"He’s as competitive of a person as I’ve ever been around," Pees said. "He can give you this little boyish look on TV, but he is a very, very, very competitive guy. He didn’t even like losing in practice. The more we rode him on defense -- because I had a couple trash-talkers -- the harder he played. He is who he is. He’s going to play well. You expect him to play. We have to do the best job we can, fundamentally, to disrupt him and do some things to him. I have a lot of respect for him. He is a Hall of Fame quarterback.”