Don Martindale

Defensive Coordinator

College: Defiance College

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Experience: 16 years


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.