Defensive coordinator Pees parting ways with Patriots
Updated Jan. 14, 2010 @ 6:10 p.m. ET
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees is leaving the Patriots. Although the team released a statement from Pees Thursday saying that he would not seek a renewal of his contract, the Providence Journal is reporting that the Patriots fired him.
The Patriots ranked 11th in yards allowed and fifth in points allowed but were a disappointing 22nd in sack percentage and 23rd in rushing yards allowed per attempt.
Pees had called the defense for the past four seasons. The former Kent State head coach came on the recommendation of Nick Saban atriots fantasy focus_9, who worked with Pees at Michigan State.
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Pees had been hospitalized for shortness of breath during the Patriots' Week 17 loss to the Texans.
The Patriots released the following statement from Pees:
"My contract with the New England Patriots will expire in a couple of weeks and I have informed Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick that I will not seek to renew it. I enjoyed my time in New England, but feel this is the right time to pursue other opportunities. I had the privilege of working with some great coaches and great players over the past six seasons and leave the Patriots with some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. In addition to the players and coaching staff Wholesale Packers 50 Hawk Green Jerseys 2011 Super Bowl On Sale, I want to thank the Kraft family Wholesale 10/11 Atletico Madrid #20 SIMAO Home Soccer Jersey For Sale, the media and the fans for all of their support."