The Ravens announced Thursday that they have hired Don Martindale as their inside linebackers coach. Martindale, 49, has coached in the NFL for seven seasons, most recently as the Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2010.
“Don brings extensive pro and college experience to the Ravens, and he has been a defensive coordinator at both levels,” Ravens coach John Harbaughsaid in a statement. “He’s known for his hard work, intelligence and thorough teaching, and his players have always responded well to his coaching. He’ll earn the respect of our players. I’m confident about that.”
Martindale was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator for one season in 2010. Before that, he served as Denver’s linebackers coach for a season and coached linebackers with the Oakland Raiders from 2004-08 (he coached inside linebackers in 2004 and 2005 then was promoted to coach all of Oakland’s linebackers in 2006).
“I am excited to be part of a great team and great organization like the Ravens,” Martindale said in the news release. “When I got the call, it was a no-brainer. There has always been a great defense here, led by tremendously talented players and coaches, and I am thrilled to be a part of a proven system.”
Before joining the NFL ranks, Martindale coached at the collegiate level with stops at Western Kentucky, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. He was on the staff of Jack Harbaugh -- John’s father -- at Western Kentucky.
Update: It was first announced by the team that Martindale had been hired as linebackers coach, but he will actually be the team's inside linebackers coach. Ted Monachino, who was the team's outside linebackers coach the past two seasons, has been promoted to replace Dean Pees as linebackers coach. Monachino will continue to work with the outside linebackers, too.