Don "Wink" Martindale is in his fourth season leading the Ravens' defense, which has continued its long-standing tradition of excellence by ranking consistently among the league's best defensive units. In 2020, Martindale's unit allowed the NFL's second-fewest points (18.9) and seventh-fewest yards (329.8) per game. Since Martindale was named defensive coordinator (2018), Baltimore has produced an NFL-best 12 defensive TDs (tied LAR) and has permitted both the league's fewest points per game (18.2) and total yards per game (307.8). Over the last three seasons (2018-20), Baltimore also leads the league in number of players to record a sack (33) and second-half points allowed (401), while ranking No. 2 in both fourth-down stops (41) and opponent QB rating (81.9). Martindale's 2019 group achieved a strong No. 4 ranking (300.6 ypg), helping the team to a franchise-best 14-2 record and second-straight AFC North Division title. The Ravens' 6 defensive TDs tied (with '06 and '08) for the second most in franchise history (2004 – 7) and also tied (TB) for the most in the NFL in 2019. After guiding his unit to a No. 1-overall ranking (allowed 292.9 ypg) in his first season as coordinator (2018), Martindale was recognized by Sports Illustrated/MMQB as the Assistant Coach of the Year and was the AP NFL runner-up (Bears DC Vic Fangio) for the same award. Baltimore established a modern-era mark by not allowing a second-half touchdown in the first six games of 2018. (The last team to do so was the 1934 Detroit Lions.) Baltimore was also among the best in other key defensive categories in 2018, including ranking third in third-down defense (34.1), fourth in rushing yards allowed (82.9 ypg) and fifth in passing yards permitted (210.0 ypg). The Ravens' 80.6 defensive passer rating stood second, only behind the Bears' 72.9 mark. Initially joining the Ravens in 2012, Martindale guided and helped grow a number of standout Ravens linebackers, most notably former ILB C.J. Mosley, who developed into one of the league's top players, earning a lucrative contract with the New York Jets in 2019. In 2017, the Ravens led the NFL in INTs (22), takeaways (34) and shutouts (3 – the most in a season since the 2003 Patriots). Over the past five seasons (2016-20), the Ravens have allowed the second-fewest points per game (18.7), recorded the fourth-most interceptions (75, tied with Pit. & Buf.) and posted the second-most takeaways (126, tied with NE) in the NFL. In 2016, Baltimore produced an NFL-high 18 INTs (tied, KC & SD). Following 2014, 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 FFs 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. In Martindale's first season in Baltimore (2012), he coached Hall of Famer Ray Lewis in his final season, helping the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.
Blitz Or Not Blitz? How Do Ravens Slow Down the Chiefs' Offense?
After three straight losses to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens looks forward to another test against one of the NFL's most dynamic attacks.
News & Notes: Greg Roman Works Overtime With New Running Backs
Wink Martindale says Marcus Peters will be missed, but the defense remains confident. The Ravens have prepared for a loud crowd in Las Vegas. Defending Darren Waller will be a priority Monday night.
News & Notes: Wink Martindale Likes How Defense Looks After Dominant Preseason
How will losing J.K. Dobbins impact how much the Ravens throw to their running backs? Greg Roman believes Sammy Watkins will hit his stride quickly when he returns. Baltimore's offensive line is building chemistry.
News & Notes: Jaylon Ferguson Is Stepping Up at the Right Time
Greg Roman is eager for the wide receiver to return. Ben Powers is taking advantage of the opportunity. Wink Martindale expects to see more screens and reverses this year. Ravens may see Teddy Bridgewater in Week 4.
News & Notes: Ravens Want O-Line Chemistry, But Left Guard Spot Is Still Up for Grabs
Wink Martindale loves the depth at cornerback. Teams could be eying up kicker Jake Verity. Ravens happy about their quarterback situation despite injury.
Eisenberg: The Ravens Defense Is Stacked
Justin Houston was the final puzzle piece, and a shiny one at that. The Ravens have built a defense for 2021, checking every box on Wink Martindale's wish list.
Late for Work 6/10: Todd Gurley Reportedly Visiting Ravens Today
JuJu Smith-Schuster says Steelers fans would 'destroy me' if he had signed with the Ravens. Lamar Jackson is among the league's hungriest players entering this season. Wink Martindale is No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' defensive coordinator rankings. Pundit says Mark Andrews is likely to remain the centerpiece of the Ravens' passing attack.
Late for Work 5/19: Best of Wink Martindale's Comments to Season Ticket Holders
Rashod Bateman is a value pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year. No love for J.K. Dobbins in running back rankings?
Eisenberg: Why You Shouldn't Fret About the Pass Rush
The losses of Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue, and no additions to replace them, has led to concern. But the Ravens were in a similar position two years ago and things turned out fine.
Mailbag: Why Don't the Ravens Get a No. 1 Wide Receiver?
How will the Ravens generate more pass rush? Will the Ravens sign a center? Is the Rob Ryan hire insurance for Wink Martindale?
John Harbaugh Expects His Coordinators to Return
Both Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman and Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale are expected to return in their current roles, but their assistants are interviewing for coordinator jobs.
Late for Work 1/14: Will Lamar Jackson Go the Furthest of 2018 Draft Quarterbacks?
Add Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey to the list of Ravens' X-factors. Pundits continue to question why Wink Martindale isn't getting head coaching interest. Where does Jackson's touchdown run against the Titans rank among the Ravens' greatest playoff plays?
How Wink Martindale's Defense Is Preparing for the Josh Allen Challenge
Baltimore snuffed out the Titans' ground attack. Can they ground Josh Allen and the Bills' aerial assault?
Late for Work 1/12: Ravens vs. Bills Is the Game 'Everybody in the World Wants to See'
Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale is lauded for the stifling performance against the Titans. Quarterbacks Coach James Urban is ranked as one of the top candidates for the Eagles' head coaching vacancy. Snow is possible for Saturday's game.
Ravens' Dominant Defensive Effort Shuts Down Derrick Henry
Holding the NFL's leading rusher to 40 yards, the Ravens shut down Derrick Henry with a defensive effort that spoke loudly.
Late for Work 1/8: Predictions for Ravens vs. Titans
The Ravens coaching staff is ranked No. 2 among the 14 playoff teams. The Ravens select a defensive end in ESPN's Todd McShay's first mock draft.
News & Notes: What the Ravens Are Saying About Derrick Henry
Wink Martindale talks about what makes Ryan Tannehill especially dangerous. Ravens expect Sam Koch to be ready. Willie Snead IV returns to practice. Marcus Peters laughs at Lamar Jackson's critics.
Mailbag: What's the Plan for Slowing the Titans Offense?
Will Wink Martindale get head coaching interviews? What's the long-term plan for Miles Boykin? Who wins a board drill between Derrick Henry and Gus Edwards?
Late for Work 12/28: Contenders? Ravens Are Playing Like One of the NFL's Best
The pass rush is peaking. The offensive line is finding continuity. Mark Andrews' return can't be understated.
News & Notes: Wink Martindale on Potential Head Coaching Opportunities
Greg Roman says nobody is playing better than Lamar Jackson down the stretch. Matthew Judon's second straight Pro Bowl season has been impressive. Roman pays respects to friend and Hall of Famer Kevin Greene.
Late for Work 12/24: Ravens Making Strong Case They're the Best Team in AFC North
The Ravens played their best half this season against the Jaguars. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale keeps opposing coaches guessing.
Late for Work 12/22: Multiple Teams Looking at Wink Martindale as Head Coach Candidate
'Hollywood' Brown is coming on strong down the stretch. With his second Pro Bowl selection, Orlando Brown Jr. continues to be a 'great story.' The Ravens are one of the five teams most likely to win the Super Bowl.
Late for Work 12/18: Ravens Are Unanimous Choice to Defeat Jaguars
Can the Ravens get their sack attack back on track this week? Raiders tight end Darren Waller pays tribute to former Ravens teammate Lorenzo Taliaferro.
News & Notes: Wink Martindale Says Ravens Are Getting Closer to More Sacks
Giving up 42 points didn't feel so great to the Ravens' defense. Greg Roman changed plans quickly when Lamar returned against Cleveland. Wink Martindale likes Gardner Minshew's style.