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Don Martindale
Linebackers Coach
Age:
54
College:
Defiance College
Hometown:
Trotwood, OH
Experience:
13

Biography

Don "Wink" Martindale is in his sixth year with the Baltimore Ravens and second as the team’s linebackers coach. (From 2012-15, he coached the team’s inside linebackers.) Under Wink’s guidance, fourth-year LB C.J. Mosley has developed into one of the league’s top inside ‘backers. Now a two-time Pro Bowler, Mosley is one of four NFL defenders to tally at least 300 tackles, 5 sacks and 5 INTs since his 2014 rookie campaign. (He has 337, 7 and 6, respectively.) Mosley’s 337 tackles over the past three years are also the league’s 10th-most. In 2016, Baltimore’s defense produced an NFL-high 18 INTs (tied, KC & SD), including 4 from Mosley, which ranked second among NFL linebackers. Impressively, Mosley’s 6 INTs since 2014 rank as the league’s third most (tied) among all linebackers. Additionally, standout LB Zachary Orr, who was forced to retire following the 2016 campaign due to a congenital spinal condition, earned second-team All-Pro honors after finishing with a team- and career-high 130 tackles (10th-most in the NFL in 2016). Following the 2014 campaign, Mosley became the first rookie Raven to earn Pro Bowl honors and finished second in the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. In addition to Mosley, former Ravens LB Daryl Smith was a standout performer for Baltimore, becoming one of just two NFL players (Lavonte David) to post at least 350 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 INTs and 4 forced fumbles from 2013-15. In 2013, Smith led the team with 123 tackles, also setting a Ravens’ single-season record by a linebacker with 19 PD.

Additional Coaching Highlights: Martindale was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2010, and in 2009, coached all four linebackers in Denver’s 3-4 scheme. During that ‘09 campaign, former Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors after registering 17 sacks. Martindale originally entered the NFL in 2004 and spent five years guiding the Oakland Raiders’ LBs (2004-08). Prior to that, “Wink” coached 11 seasons in the collegiate ranks, including three years at the University of Cincinnati alongside then-assistant head coach John Harbaugh. Martindale also helped Western Kentucky and head coach Jack Harbaugh earn a Division I FCS National Championship in 2002.

2012-16: (with Baltimore) Ravens are one of three teams (Den. & Sea.) to finish in the NFL’s Top 10 in total defense in each of the past three seasons (2014-16). 2016: Named the team’s linebackers coach and helped guide LB C.J. Mosley to his second Pro Bowl campaign after producing 92 tackles (56 solo) and a career-high and team-leading (tied) 4 INTs...LB Zachary Orr led the team with a career-high 130 tackles before retiring on 1/20/17 due to a congenital spinal condition...Baltimore’s defense finished first in the NFL with 18 INTs (tied, KC & SD), allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards (89.4 ypg) and ranked seventh overall (322.1 ypg.). 2015: Martindale helped Mosley total 116 tackles (76 solo), a career-high 4 sacks (-18 yards), 7 PD, 1 FF and 2 FRs for the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg)...Baltimore’s unit finished No. 2 overall (291.1 ypg) and No. 1 vs. the pass (183.3 ypg) over the season’s final eight games...LB Daryl Smith led the team and ranked 10th in the NFL with 121 tackles (72 solo), adding 3 sacks (-19.5 yards), 1 INT and 3 PD. 2014: Mosley became the first rookie in Ravens history to earn Pro Bowl honors, finishing as the NFL’s only player with at least 125 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 INTs...Smith registered 127 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT and 2 FFs...Ravens allowed the NFL’s sixth-fewest points (18.9 ppg) and eighth-fewest yards per game (336.9), also producing the NFL’s No. 2 red zone defense (42.6%). 2013: Smith, who was signed to help replace retired future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis, turned in a stellar season...He led the team with 123 tackles, also setting a Ravens’ single-season record by a LB with 19 PD (Ray Lewis, 13 in 2003)...Smith was also one of three NFL defenders to tally at least 100 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 INTs...Defense ranked third in the NFL in third-down percentage (33.5) and seventh in the red zone (48.8%). 2012: In his first season with Baltimore, Martindale tutored the inside linebackers, a group that was depleted by injuries, including Lewis, who missed 10 regular season games and returned and recorded an NFL-leading 51 postseason tackles (a franchise postseason record) and 1 PD for a defense that forced 10 turnovers en route to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII...LB Dannell Ellerbe set a career high in tackles (89) and sacks (4.5)...Over the final six games of the regular season (since Week 12), Baltimore’s defense allowed the NFL’s fourth-fewest yards per game (299.0 ypg).

2009-10: (with Denver) 2010: Was promoted to defensive coordinator...CB Champ Bailey represented the team in the Pro Bowl. 2009: Joined the Broncos’ coaching staff as the team’s linebackers coach and helped the Denver “D” rank seventh in the NFL (315.0 ypg)...Guided OLB Elvis Dumervil (who played four seasons in Baltimore from 2013-16), who led the NFL with a then-team-record 17 sacks, to Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors in his first year playing OLB...LB D.J. Williams also thrived under Martindale’s leadership, earning a spot as a Pro Bowl alternate.

2004-08: (with Oakland) 2006-08: Tutored the Raiders’ linebackers, including 2005 draft pick Kirk Morrison, who along with 2006 draft pick Thomas Howard, led the LB corps...Morrison and Howard were two of the league’s best at forcing turnovers, each tallying 7 INTs from 2006-08. 2006: Oakland’s defense ranked third overall (284.8 ypg) and first against the pass (150.8 ypg).2004: Entered the NFL coaching ranks as the Raiders’ inside linebackers coach.

2001-03: (with Western Kentucky) 2003: Promoted to defensive coordinator/inside linebackers for the Hilltoppers, who were ranked sixth in yards allowed per game (283.7).2002: WKU won the Division I FCS National Championship. 2001: Was hired by head coach Jack Harbaugh (John’s father) as inside LBs/special teams coordinator.

1999: (with Western Illinois) Was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach...Tutored former Ravens 2001 draft pick and All-American LB Edgerton Hartwell.

1996-98: (with University of Cincinnati) 1997-98: Coached special teams/linebackers, including former Ravens LB Brad Jackson. 1996: Joined the Bearcats' staff as the defensive ends coach, working alongside John Harbaugh, who was assistant head coach.

1994-95: (with Notre Dame) Spent two seasons as the defensive assistant for the Fighting Irish...Notre Dame earned trips to the Fiesta Bowl (1994) and Orange Bowl (1995)...During the 1994 season, coached with Dean Pees (current Ravens defensive coordinator), who was the Irish secondary coach.

1988-93: Was the defensive coordinator for three high schools in Ohio, including his alma mater, Trotwood-Madison.

1986-87: (with Defiance College) Began coaching career at his alma mater as its secondary coach…Promoted to defensive coordinator/secondary in 1987.

College: Played linebacker for Defiance College in Ohio...Earned a bachelor’s degree in business education.

Personal: Martindale was an All-State linebacker at Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, OH) HS...He and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Cassie, who was a Ravens’ marketing department intern in 2013, and a son, Ty.

Don "Wink" Martindale is in his sixth year with the Baltimore Ravens and second as the team’s linebackers coach. (From 2012-15, he coached the team’s inside linebackers.) Under Wink’s guidance, fourth-year LB C.J. Mosley has developed into one of the league’s top inside ‘backers. Now a two-time Pro Bowler, Mosley is one of four NFL defenders to tally at least 300 tackles, 5 sacks and 5 INTs since his 2014 rookie campaign. (He has 337, 7 and 6, respectively.) Mosley’s 337 tackles over the past three years are also the league’s 10th-most. In 2016, Baltimore’s defense produced an NFL-high 18 INTs (tied, KC & SD), including 4 from Mosley, which ranked second among NFL linebackers. Impressively, Mosley’s 6 INTs since 2014 rank as the league’s third most (tied) among all linebackers. Additionally, standout LB Zachary Orr, who was forced to retire following the 2016 campaign due to a congenital spinal condition, earned second-team All-Pro honors after finishing with a team- and career-high 130 tackles (10th-most in the NFL in 2016). Following the 2014 campaign, Mosley became the first rookie Raven to earn Pro Bowl honors and finished second in the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. In addition to Mosley, former Ravens LB Daryl Smith was a standout performer for Baltimore, becoming one of just two NFL players (Lavonte David) to post at least 350 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 INTs and 4 forced fumbles from 2013-15. In 2013, Smith led the team with 123 tackles, also setting a Ravens’ single-season record by a linebacker with 19 PD.

Additional Coaching Highlights: Martindale was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2010, and in 2009, coached all four linebackers in Denver’s 3-4 scheme. During that ‘09 campaign, former Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors after registering 17 sacks. Martindale originally entered the NFL in 2004 and spent five years guiding the Oakland Raiders’ LBs (2004-08). Prior to that, “Wink” coached 11 seasons in the collegiate ranks, including three years at the University of Cincinnati alongside then-assistant head coach John Harbaugh. Martindale also helped Western Kentucky and head coach Jack Harbaugh earn a Division I FCS National Championship in 2002.

2012-16: (with Baltimore) Ravens are one of three teams (Den. & Sea.) to finish in the NFL’s Top 10 in total defense in each of the past three seasons (2014-16). 2016: Named the team’s linebackers coach and helped guide LB C.J. Mosley to his second Pro Bowl campaign after producing 92 tackles (56 solo) and a career-high and team-leading (tied) 4 INTs...LB Zachary Orr led the team with a career-high 130 tackles before retiring on 1/20/17 due to a congenital spinal condition...Baltimore’s defense finished first in the NFL with 18 INTs (tied, KC & SD), allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards (89.4 ypg) and ranked seventh overall (322.1 ypg.). 2015: Martindale helped Mosley total 116 tackles (76 solo), a career-high 4 sacks (-18 yards), 7 PD, 1 FF and 2 FRs for the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg)...Baltimore’s unit finished No. 2 overall (291.1 ypg) and No. 1 vs. the pass (183.3 ypg) over the season’s final eight games...LB Daryl Smith led the team and ranked 10th in the NFL with 121 tackles (72 solo), adding 3 sacks (-19.5 yards), 1 INT and 3 PD. 2014: Mosley became the first rookie in Ravens history to earn Pro Bowl honors, finishing as the NFL’s only player with at least 125 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 INTs...Smith registered 127 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT and 2 FFs...Ravens allowed the NFL’s sixth-fewest points (18.9 ppg) and eighth-fewest yards per game (336.9), also producing the NFL’s No. 2 red zone defense (42.6%). 2013: Smith, who was signed to help replace retired future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis, turned in a stellar season...He led the team with 123 tackles, also setting a Ravens’ single-season record by a LB with 19 PD (Ray Lewis, 13 in 2003)...Smith was also one of three NFL defenders to tally at least 100 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 INTs...Defense ranked third in the NFL in third-down percentage (33.5) and seventh in the red zone (48.8%). 2012: In his first season with Baltimore, Martindale tutored the inside linebackers, a group that was depleted by injuries, including Lewis, who missed 10 regular season games and returned and recorded an NFL-leading 51 postseason tackles (a franchise postseason record) and 1 PD for a defense that forced 10 turnovers en route to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII...LB Dannell Ellerbe set a career high in tackles (89) and sacks (4.5)...Over the final six games of the regular season (since Week 12), Baltimore’s defense allowed the NFL’s fourth-fewest yards per game (299.0 ypg).

2009-10: (with Denver) 2010: Was promoted to defensive coordinator...CB Champ Bailey represented the team in the Pro Bowl. 2009: Joined the Broncos’ coaching staff as the team’s linebackers coach and helped the Denver “D” rank seventh in the NFL (315.0 ypg)...Guided OLB Elvis Dumervil (who played four seasons in Baltimore from 2013-16), who led the NFL with a then-team-record 17 sacks, to Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors in his first year playing OLB...LB D.J. Williams also thrived under Martindale’s leadership, earning a spot as a Pro Bowl alternate.

2004-08: (with Oakland) 2006-08: Tutored the Raiders’ linebackers, including 2005 draft pick Kirk Morrison, who along with 2006 draft pick Thomas Howard, led the LB corps...Morrison and Howard were two of the league’s best at forcing turnovers, each tallying 7 INTs from 2006-08. 2006: Oakland’s defense ranked third overall (284.8 ypg) and first against the pass (150.8 ypg).2004: Entered the NFL coaching ranks as the Raiders’ inside linebackers coach.

2001-03: (with Western Kentucky) 2003: Promoted to defensive coordinator/inside linebackers for the Hilltoppers, who were ranked sixth in yards allowed per game (283.7).2002: WKU won the Division I FCS National Championship. 2001: Was hired by head coach Jack Harbaugh (John’s father) as inside LBs/special teams coordinator.

1999: (with Western Illinois) Was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach...Tutored former Ravens 2001 draft pick and All-American LB Edgerton Hartwell.

1996-98: (with University of Cincinnati) 1997-98: Coached special teams/linebackers, including former Ravens LB Brad Jackson. 1996: Joined the Bearcats' staff as the defensive ends coach, working alongside John Harbaugh, who was assistant head coach.

1994-95: (with Notre Dame) Spent two seasons as the defensive assistant for the Fighting Irish...Notre Dame earned trips to the Fiesta Bowl (1994) and Orange Bowl (1995)...During the 1994 season, coached with Dean Pees (current Ravens defensive coordinator), who was the Irish secondary coach.

1988-93: Was the defensive coordinator for three high schools in Ohio, including his alma mater, Trotwood-Madison.

1986-87: (with Defiance College) Began coaching career at his alma mater as its secondary coach…Promoted to defensive coordinator/secondary in 1987.

College: Played linebacker for Defiance College in Ohio...Earned a bachelor’s degree in business education.

Personal: Martindale was an All-State linebacker at Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, OH) HS...He and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Cassie, who was a Ravens’ marketing department intern in 2013, and a son, Ty.

 

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