Martindale splits with Ravens after 4 seasons as DC

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Don "Wink" Martindale won't return to the Baltimore Ravens in 2022 for a fifth season as the defensive coordinator, the team announced Friday.

"After several productive conversations, Don and I have agreed to move forward in separate directions," head coach John 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 spent six seasons as the Ravens' linebackers coach before being promoted to coordinator in 2018. His unit ranked near the top of the league in yards and points allowed over his first three seasons but slipped in 2021 amid a heap of injuries.

Ravens' defense under Martindale

Year Yards Rank Points Rank
2018 1 2
2019 4 3
2020 7 2
2021 25 19

Martindale, 58, garnered some consideration for head coaching jobs last year but stayed in Baltimore after coming up empty. He signed a three-year deal in February 2020 that made him the NFL's highest-paid defensive coordinator.

Martindale and former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio figure to become the two most coveted defensive assistants in the league.

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