Don Martindale

Defensive Coordinator

College: Defiance College

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Experience: 15 years


In his first year (2018) as defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale led the Ravens' unit to a No. 1-overall ranking, allowing an NFL-best 292.9 yards per game. Baltimore also permitted the league's second-fewest points per game (17.9), just behind Chicago's 17.7. For his coaching efforts, 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 in 2018. Baltimore established a modern-era mark by not allowing a second-half touchdown in the first six games of 2018. (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 ILB C.J. Mosley, who developed into one of the league's top players and recently earned a lucrative contract with the New York Jets. The four-time Pro Bowler is one of two NFL defenders (Luke Kuechly) to tally at least 500 tackles, 8 sacks and 8 INTs since his 2014 rookie campaign. 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 three seasons (2016-18), the Ravens have recorded the most interceptions (52) and the second-most (KC, 86) takeaways (79) 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 Pro Hall of Famer Ray Lewis in his final season, helping the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.