Why Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees called Wesley Woodyard 'a dream to coach'
Dean Pees has been coaching in the NFL since 2004. He's been around a lot of high-character players, including Titans coach Mike Vrabel, whom he coached while they overlapped in New England.
Pees, the Titans defensive coordinator, puts Wesley Woodyard right at the top of that list.
“I told him one day a couple of weeks ago that he may be the best pro I’ve ever been around, and I have been around some great ones,” Pees said.
It's been a different type of season for Woodyard, a regular starter for the Titans from 2014-2018. This year, he's been the team's No. 3 inside linebacker, behind starters Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans.
“He has handled everything with class, and with dignity," Pees said. "He prepares like he is going to play, and when he does play, he is prepared to play. He is great for the younger guys in the room … and he is a great role model for all the guys on defense."
Woodyard, in his 12th NFL season, came up with the game-winning play last Sunday against the Chargers, forcing a fumble which Jurrell Casey recovered in the end zone.
“I can’t say enough good things about Wood," Pees said. "He's a dream to coach.”
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