The Ravens have been connected to some outside candidates to fill their defensive coordinator post, while also meeting with defensive line coach Anthony Weaver. An external candidate with a Baltimore history, however, appears set to fill Don Martindale‘s former post.
A year after leaving Baltimore to become Michigan’s defensive coordinator, Mike Macdonald is squarely on the radar to take the same job with the Ravens. This process is moving fast, with the Detroit Free Press’ Michael Cohen reporting a deal is expected to be finalized within days.
Prior to joining Jim Harbaugh‘s Wolverines staff last year, Macdonald was viewed as the Martindale heir apparent in Baltimore. He had previously worked with the Ravens from 2014-20, moving up from the intern level to linebackers coach by the end of his first stint with the team. Also spending time working with Baltimore’s defensive backs, Macdonald gained extensive experience with the team ahead of his move to the college ranks.
Michigan’s performance certainly helped the young assistant’s cause. Sparked by potential No. 1 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson‘s Heisman Trophy bid, the Wolverines ranked as a top-10 defense in 2021 — a year after ranking 95th in points allowed. Should Macdonald, 34, land the job, he would become the youngest DC in Ravens history.
The Ravens also sought interviews with Saints DBs coach Kris Richard and Cowboys secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr. Richard is also in the mix for the Steelers’ DC gig. While the franchise has never hired an outside coach to be its DC, Macdonald essentially checks that box in name only due to the bulk of his coaching experience coming with the team.