The text messages started rolling in almost immediately. When word leaked out that he was being elevated to Ravens defensive coordinator, Don “Wink” Martindale heard from Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and many others.
“If you’re a coach, it hits you right in the heart,” Martindale said at a Thursday news conference at the team’s training facility. “I've been preparing for this job all my life and I understand what comes with this job with this great organization. I think it's one of the great challenges there is in the National Football League.”
Martindale, the Ravens linebackers coach for the past six seasons, was hired to succeed...
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