Don "Wink" Martindale is in his third season leading the Ravens' defense. After guiding the unit to a No. 1-overall ranking (allowed 292.9 ypg) in his first season (2018), 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 in 2019 tied (with '06 and '08) for the second most in franchise history (2004 – 7) and also tied (TB) for the most in the NFL last year. Since Martindale was named defensive coordinator (2018), Baltimore has produced an NFL-best 9 defensive TDs and has permitted the league's second-fewest (17.8) points per game. In 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.) Upholding its longtime defensive tradition, 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 four seasons (2016-19), the Ravens have allowed the second-fewest points per game (18.6), recorded the second-most interceptions (65, tied with KC) and posted the third-most takeaways (104) in the NFL. In 2016, Baltimore produced an NFL-high 18 INTs (tied, KC & SD), including 4 from Mosley, who ranked second among NFL 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 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.
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.
News & Notes: Greg Roman Says Mark Ingram Is Doing the 'Dirty Work'
When the Ravens can't double-team Myles Garrett, they still have to contain him. Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers have stepped up. Browns running game is always a handful to stop. Chris Board leads Pro Bowl special teams voting.
Late for Work 12/9: Ravens' Contention Rides on Lamar Jackson
All eyes are already on Monday night vs. the Browns. The offensive line has one of its best performances yet. Is the pass rush a concern?
Late for Work 12/7: Did Washington Provide Blueprint for How to Attack Cowboys?
Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale deserves to be among leading head coaching candidates. Three Ravens who have raised their stock.
News & Notes: Lamar Jackson Fully Engaged in Game Plan Virtually
Absence of Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle has forced major adjustments at tight end. Andy Dalton is a familiar face in a new uniform. Ravens cornerback depth has been coming through.
News & Notes: Patrick Queen Determined to Improve His Pass Coverage
L.J. Fort's return is a welcome sight. Dez Bryant is making strides. Greg Roman is not second-guessing Wildcat call that went awry.
News & Notes: Jimmy Smith Is Having Pro Bowl Season
Justin Madubuike and Derek Wolfe are among defensive linemen ready to step forward if Calais Campbell can't go. Gus Edwards bounced back from his fumble. Return of Mark Ingram II would "bring juice" to running back group.
Eisenberg: These Ravens Resemble the Franchise's Classics
The 2020 defense is truly a pleasure to watch. Deep. Relentless. Opportunistic. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
News & Notes: J.K. Dobbins' Role Will Keep 'Evolving'
Defense is getting its work done despite missing some key players at practice. Being vigilant during the pandemic remains a prevailing thought. Greg Roman praised Marquise Brown's attitude as he looks to get more involved.
News & Notes: How Wink Martindale Plans to Utilize Yannick Ngakoue
Greg Roman likes Dez Bryant's first day of practice. The Ravens' defense views Big Ben as ageless. Neutralizing the Steelers' pass rush is easier said than done.
Ravens' Defense Has Many Disguises and a Desire to Dominate
Baltimore's defense has given up the fewest points in the NFL, with an aggressive scheme that attacks and forces mistakes.