Ravens part ways with defensive coordinator Wink Martindale

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The Ravens will have a new defensive coordinator for the 2022 season.

The team released a statement from head coach John Harbaugh on Friday that announced the departure of Don “Wink” Martindale.

“After several productive conversations, Don and I have agreed to move forward in separate directions,” Harbaugh said. “We have had a great run on defense, and I am very proud of what has been accomplished and the work he has done. Don has been a major contributor to the success of our defense since 2012, and especially since he became defensive coordinator four years ago. He has done a great job. Now it is time to pursue other opportunities. Sometimes the moment comes, and it’s the right time. I am personally grateful for our friendship and for everything he has done in Baltimore.”

Martindale joined the Ravens in 2012 as their linebackers coach and moved into the coordinator role in 2018. The Ravens finished 19th in points allowed and 25th in yards allowed this season, both of which were the lowest rankings since Martindale became the team’s coordinator.

61 responses to “Ravens part ways with defensive coordinator Wink Martindale

  1. He won’t be unemployed for long. To run that Cover 1/Cover Zero blitz happy scheme requires a lot of expensive moving parts. Maybe with Lamar and Andrews contracts they need to cut the budget and move to a simpler scheme that can get cheaper rookies on the field quicker.

  2. He won’t be out of work for long. I hear they’re considering doing a revival of High Rollers.

  3. I miss the Rex defense. Probably my favorite defense to watch because it was so creative and violent but apparently he won’t be a DC ever again. Dick LeBeau wasn’t a great HC either. Embrace what you’re good at.

  4. Hey…a few fired ex HC who were defensive coordinators in their past lives ,will get reused.

  5. Clear as day Martindale is fed up with Harbaugh’s terrible coaching and the awful offense. He knows this team is going nowhere fast if they stick to the gimmick offense with a RB playing QB who is not just getting worse, he’s plummeting quickly to the bottom of all NFL QBs. Martindale is the one who kept this Ravens team afloat with solid defense. The offense and Lamar are a disaster. Period. But there’s no easy way to fix it because Harbaugh is so arrogant he actually thinks it works.

  6. dangerruss1919 says:

    January 21, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    There goes the dumbest nickname in NFL history.

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    Rod He Hate me Smart, Booger McFarland and Whizzinator Smith among others would all disagree

  7. The strength training and medical staff, who ever runs the practice facilities, all of these are the big issues with the Ravens, the amount of injuries they had this summer was insane, i dont think there defensive woes came from bad coaching, it came from the entire starting defense getting hurt before september.

  8. will5587 says:
    January 21, 2022 at 6:08 pm
    He won’t be unemployed for long. To run that Cover 1/Cover Zero blitz happy scheme requires a lot of expensive moving parts. Maybe with Lamar and Andrews contracts they need to cut the budget and move to a simpler scheme that can get cheaper rookies on the field quicker.
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    Imagine running a lot of cover 0 blitzes, which relies on man to man and nobody deep leaving you with the worst passing defense in the NFL. Imagine.

  9. He gets fired and his 4 years defensive ranking at Baltimore as a coordinator were 1st, 1st, 7th, 25th.
    Raheem Morris is getting HC interviews and his 4 years at coordinator have been 27th, 17th, 29th, 17th.

  10. I must admit, EVERY time I see his name I am shot to thinking about game show hosts, or thinking I’m reading a misprint edited in from a mid 19th century Newspaper. Silly I know but everytime it’s where my mind goes.

  11. Tough crowd. I would do backflips if the Raiders were ever able to have the 19th ranked D in scoring.

  12. I guess the owner of the Ravens thinks all the two point calls Harbaugh made were great moves.

  13. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase would like a copy of his pink slip for their trophy cases.

  14. Baltimore has a good roster, both D and O. They just need a head coach and a QB, and they are set.

  15. It was a lot easier to look like a defensive genius playing Cincinnati 2x per year before Joe Burrow showed up.

  16. Honestly it feels like Martindale brings a double-edged sword: His defenses are chronically undisciplined. They have been terrible at open-field tackles for the past several seasons and it has not improved. They get stupid penalties. But he makes them willing to run through a brick wall for him so he gets the most out of some mediocre players. A strong motivator, great strategist, but someone whose defenses always seem to give up late points by making a few fundamental mistakes in clutch moments. I support the complete rebuilding of this defense.

  17. The Ravens gave up 41 points to the Bengals twice. Got shredded by the offensively challenged Steelers twice. And split with the lowly Browns. A 1-5 division record is not a good thing. I hope he got some wonder parting gifts, though. Maybe a Neuuuw Car! Thanks for playing Wink.

  18. Why, did he draft Lamar Jackson?

    Huntley outplayed Jackson this season.

    What a slow train wreck coming the Ravens are.

  19. Funny how Ravens fans are dumping on his cover 1/ cover 0, blitz-heavy scheme when that exact scheme is the one that has quickly turned Lamar into one of the worst QBs in the league. You guys tell us how Lamar is one of the greatest QBs ever seen, but that defensive scheme has fully exposed how bad he is and how he isn’t a real QB. But Wink shouldn’t run it? Huh? Your defenses under him have been really good! Typical Ravens fans with no clue what’s actually happening or what works. But Lamar and Harbaugh are the GOATS!!

  20. Ravens fans have grown spoiled. This was his only bad year and his Defense was riddled with injury. This sounds to me more like he doesn’t like the talent he has to work with. He will resurface somewhere quick.

  21. jg2040 says:

    January 21, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    He gets fired and his 4 years defensive ranking at Baltimore as a coordinator were 1st, 1st, 7th, 25th.
    Raheem Morris is getting HC interviews and his 4 years at coordinator have been 27th, 17th, 29th, 17th

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    That’s looking at 1 small part and taking a very narrow view without perspective. I’m not saying these are the numbers but just an easy example, if you have the most talented players in the league on defense and your team finished 1st you did your job but nothing special, if you finished 15th you failed. On the opposite side if someone has the least talented players on defense and finish 15th they excelled but if they finished at the bottom of the league then they did what was to be expected.

  22. Take this guy’s nickname away, too. That belongs to the *real* Wink Martindale…the gameshow host.

  23. Ah, the usual amount of Ravens haters commenting as if replacing a Coordinator is highly unusual. These coaches spend more time together than they do with their families – at some point somethings gotta give. Massive injuries and a losing record will bring change. We replaced our Offensive Coordinator in the second half of the season in 2012 and won the Super Bowl so settle down folks. Life goes on and it all starts over in September.

  24. realfootballfan says:That was expected. He gambles way too much.
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    Oh, he’s the one going for two instead of overtime? Well, that explains it.

  25. Probably the only Pats fan that wants to see BB reach out to this guy. Wink won’t be looking long at all

  26. Joey Burrow will be waiting for you Wink to put his gold jacket on in about 20 years if you’re still around

  27. Well he will not be looking for a job long. My guess Dallas probably or Tampa Bay. Most likely one of them will get a head coach job. Harbaugh should be gone instead, his time is up.

  28. Lamar being hurt didn’t help anyone except The backup qb. I still find Harbaugh a good coach, but he’ll b on the hot seat next year.

  29. Anyone who truly follows the Ravens aren’t blinded by the season and a half of good defensive football the Ravens had. People don’t realize that in 2019, Wink’s pass D was getting shredded because of his blitz happy scheme. Harbaugh and EDC traded for Marcus Peters and the defense completely turned around. The thing with Wink is, he has no creativity for getting 4 man pressures. He’s too reliant on confusing QBs with blitz pressures, which in turn forces his front office to invest in shutdown corners that can hold up on an island. When Wink loses even one corner, or he plays a team like the Bengals with a multitude of weapons and QB who has now seen the scheme a few times, he has nothing to counter. His Zones are basic, and he can’t scheme pressure with 4 to help his secondary. This is a good change for the Ravens. They need a younger, more creative Defensive mind. Even with the injuries, if you’re a great DC, your pass D should never be ranked 32nd in a passing league. The Ravens will probably trade one of these Corners and invest more in the OL and pass rushers.

  30. I was surprised by this. He has been really good. It’s not his fault they lost three of their starting DBs to injury. I don’t see why Harbaugh did this except to deflect blame from his putrid offense.

  31. Jackson gets hate on another topic that’s not about him. Last time I checked, Jackson was atop the division when he was injured. And Huntley was 1-4 in games played. Nuff said about who should be the starter.

  32. This is why the Ravens are annual SB contenders. They are not afraid to make bold moves and move on when they don’t get the desired results from coordinators and coaches. They’re also aggressive in free agency and in the trade market.

    Harbaugh is a fantastic head coach, top 5 in the league. If not for all the injuries they would be preparing for a Divisional round playoff game this weekend.

    They’ll be back in 2022 battling with Cincinnati for the AFC North title while the Browns is the Browns and that clown show of a team in Pittsburgh continues to embarrass themselves.

  33. heLLpaso says:
    January 21, 2022 at 6:53 pm
    Tough crowd. I would do backflips if the Raiders were ever able to have the 19th ranked D in scoring.

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    It’s been since 2006. Martindale was on staff as the LB coach.

  34. Dont know many DC who would have had a better season with those injuries and the loss of Judon but same players on defensive being healthy next year easily a top 10 defensive unit

  35. There is no shame in being blown out by Burrows/Chase and the Bengals. Far worse than that is giving up late-game points to the Steelers offense, twice. And I say this as a Steelers fan.

  36. I can see the Ravens promoting Anthony Weaver to D Coordinator and bringing back Joe Cullen as D Line coach, or move Drew Wilkins to D Line and bring in John Pagano as OLB coach.

  37. We’ve been told so often that Wink was a great defensive coordinator. Apparently he was as good at that game as his namesake was at game shows.

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