Don ‘Wink’ Martindale will serve as the replacement to former defensive coordinator Patrick Graham at the New York Giants, who left New York to take the same position with the Raiders.
Martindale, 58, has been an NFL assistant since 2004, logging stints with the Raiders, Broncos and Ravens. He served as Baltimore’s defensive coordinator in each of the last four seasons before parting ways with the franchise last month.
“After several productive conversations, Don and I have agreed to move forward in separate directions,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “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.”
The #Giants are planning to hire former #Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale as their new DC, sources say. He was their top outside candidate choice and with Patrick Graham going to the #Raiders, Martindale steps in for NYG.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 8, 2022
Former Ravens DC Don “Wink” Martindale interviewed in person with Brian Daboll and the Giants for the defensive coordinator’s job yesterday, source confirms, as @PLeonardNYDN reported.
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) February 7, 2022