Don Martindale

Defensive Coordinator

College: Defiance College

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Experience: 17 years


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.