Ravens Promote Don Martindale To DC

The Ravens announced that they have promoted Don “Wink” Martindale to the role of defensive coordinator. In related moves, the team moved defensive backs coach Mike MacDonald to linebackers coach. Don Martindale (vertical)

Martindale takes over for Dean Pees, who retired at the end of the 2017 season. After six years on staff in Baltimore, he’s getting his chance to run the show in Baltimore. “Wink” previously served as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2010 and helped coach the team’s linebacker group to its full potential.

The 54-year-old (55 in May) has big shoes to fill. In his first year as Baltimore’s DC, Pees helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. This past year, Pees’ group allowed the sixth-fewest points in the NFL and generated a league-high 34 takeaways.

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5 comments on “Ravens Promote Don Martindale To DC

  1. tonypro7

    The players all lobbied for him. That’s a good thing. I kinda wanted Pagano but hey… maybe Wink is better.

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  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    I hope he comes up with a new, revolutionary defensive formation that everyone in football adopts. Just so I can hear them say “The Wink Formation” at least once a game.

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  3. TimB1970

    It’s pretty clear that the Ravens believe that the team’s problems are not with the coaching staff or with the player evaluators.

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