Ravens and DC Martindale Part Ways
The Baltimore Ravens and Defensive Coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale parted ways on Friday in what many consider to be a surprise move.
Martindale has been on the Ravens coaching staff since 2012 serving has the teams linebackers coach until 2018 when he was promoted to defensive coordinator.
The Ravens from 2018-2020 were top 10 in total defense under Martindale, with Martindale helping the Ravens become the number one defense in the NFL in his first year as defensive coordinator. The Ravens defense had their worst year in 2021 under Martindale ranking 25th in yards allowed per game. The most glaring issue for the Ravens defense this year was in the passing game, where the Ravens ranked last in the NFL giving up nearly 300 yards passing per game.
While the defense struggled with injuries in 2021 leading to an uncharacteristically poor year, the Ravens defense has slowly declined each year most notably in rushing the passer. From 2018-2021 the Ravens have totaled 153 total sacks which ranks them 17th during that span. The Ravens totaled 34 sacks in 2021 their worst total since 2008 when they also tallied 34 sacks that season.
While it appears the parting of ways between Martindale and the Ravens was mutual, it will likely be the first of several coaching changes expected this offseason as the Ravens look to put a disappointing 2021 season behind them.
Statement from Head Coach John Harbaugh on Don Martindale:
After several productive conversations, Don and I have agreed to move forward in separate directions. 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.