If the Baltimore Ravens defense is to maintain its unwavering standard of excellence in 2012, the unit must mesh with a new coordinator and operate without several key components - most notably injured All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Dean Pees is the fourth defensive coordinator for the Ravens during John Harbaugh's five-year tenure as head coach. His task is to maintain the team's success on defense, a job that could be hindered by the loss of Suggs, who might miss the entire season with a torn Achilles tendon.
At a voluntary offseason training camp session Wednesday, Pees inserted a variety of players in Suggs' position in an effort to gauge their effectiveness.
Pees says, ''As a coach, you've got to go out there and coach the guys you have here.''