By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Baltimore Ravens did not live up to expectations this past season despite having numerous players suffering significant injuries. Unfortunately, when teams do not live up to expectations, coaches are usually let go.
For Don “Wink” Martindale, his time as the Ravens defensive coordinator has come to an end. He has been fired after four seasons.
He was fired with one year left on his contract.
For the first time since 2017, the Ravens did not make the playoffs. Many questionable decisions were made down the stretch, which led to the failure to make the playoffs.
The team had lost six straight games to conclude their season.
“We have had a great run on defense, and I am very proud of what has been accomplished and the work he has done,” Harbaugh said in his statement. “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 had been with the Ravens since the 2012 season. He was the team’s linebackers coach from 2012-2017.
He then was promoted to be the team’s defensive coordinator before the 2018 season. Before joining the Ravens, Martindale was the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator during the 2010 season.
He also spent the 2009 season as the Broncos linebackers coach. He also served as the Oakland Raiders linebackers coach from 2004 through 2008.
Before being hired in the NFL, he spent time in college football from 1986 through 2003. He began with the Defiance Yellow Jackets.
He then worked two seasons with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He also worked for the Cincinnati Bearcats, Western Illinois Leathernecks, and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
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