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Mike Preston: New Ravens DC Don Martindale a fit for position with diminished prestige

Mike Preston: New Ravens DC Don Martindale a fit for position with diminished prestige

Ravens defensive coordinator used to be one of the best assistant coaching positions in the NFL, but the luster is gone.

It started to fade after the team’s Super Bowl XLVII-winning season when soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis retired. Before then, prospects wanted to come to Baltimore to coach but the Ravens were content promoting from within.

So when it was announced Tuesday that Ravens linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale had become the new coordinator, there was a lot of disappointment from fans around town. They wanted a big-splash hire such as Chuck Pagano, but instead they got business as usual.

They got...

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