Wink Martindale: I’d need a “dream-type job” to leave Baltimore

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Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has been named as a potential head coach in 2020, but he downplayed that possibility today.

Asked about stories that have cited him as a candidate for various head coaching jobs, Martindale said he knows only what his son tells him about media reports with his name in them, and that he and his family love Baltimore and would only leave if he’s sure the organization he’s going to is as committed to winning as the Ravens are.

“I don’t know anything more,” Martindale said. “It doesn’t really matter until you get a call, but we love this city, we love this organization here. It would have to be a dream-type job to take, where you know you can build a winning culture like we have here.”

The 56-year-old Martindale has never been a head coach at any level, and it doesn’t sound like he’s angling for a head-coaching job now.

15 responses to “Wink Martindale: I’d need a “dream-type job” to leave Baltimore

  1. Good response. I think too many jump ship to owners that don’t give them either the tools to make a difference or the time to be effective. Baltimore will pay him well and just maybe he is in the role he needs to be. Not every coach is cut out to be a head coach eventually.

  2. There’s going to come a point where certain coordinators are going to get paid head coach money when they’re too important for an organization. The Ravens could certainly do that to keep Wink and Greg Roman

  3. faninvirginia is absolutely correct. Not all good O/C or D/C are cut out to be a Head Coach. Sometimes a coach is best suited and successful in his current job. I look at John Fassel in LA. He is an absolute brilliant ST coach and knows his role well. He stays in his lane and sometimes that is best. Martindale is an excellent D/C he has a great pedigree. Maybe just maybe the guy knows his role also……..

  4. I have to believe his statement is BS, I’m pretty sure all owners/organizations are committed to winning, some just haven’t been successful at it, whether it’s management or coaching, that being said, any coordinator who believes in themselves would surely jump at an opportunity to be a HC. A majority of teams have enough talent, they just lack in the coaching area, and some have talent and are hampered by coaching and management.

  5. I would be more interested in the Ravens OC, who put together a good system for Lamar Jackson, rather than trying to make Lamar jackson something he’s not.

    Speaking of which …

    A team drafts well and has some good luck and has a great season.
    Now all of a sudden the OC and DC are viewed as good HC candidates?

    A team drafts poorly and has some bad luck and has a couple of poor seasons.
    The HC and OC and DC are viewed as scapegoats and fired.

    How many coaches could have done well with the Jets, and their terrible roster?
    They could do a lot better than Adam Gase but it’s not like that team is loaded with talent.
    Todd Bowles failed as a HC (partly due to his loyalty to Kacy Rodgers as DC).
    But was it his fault that in *4* years the former GM drafted one good player – Jamal Adams?

    Don’t just look at a teams record when hiring coaches, look at the players they had.

  6. Someone is wearing a blue tooth device on the Ravens sideline during a game and the defensive coordinator is named ‘Wink’ ? It figures.

  7. chc36 says:
    December 26, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    There’s going to come a point where certain coordinators are going to get paid head coach money when they’re too important for an organization. The Ravens could certainly do that to keep Wink and Greg Roman

    They already did something similar with Decosta as a Gm. I believe he was paid like at some point before the official announcement.

  8. There’s no salary cap for coordinators or coaches. So if the Ravens want to keep them, they’ll have to pony up, but they can. Heck, they can probably raise the money in an afternoon of Lamar jersey sales. Big truss!

  9. Ravens always lose defensive coordinators and promote from within without missing a beat. Now losing Roman… that can’t happen.

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