Ravens linebackers coach Mike Macdonald is expected to be named Michigan’s defensive coordinator after the season, according to the NFL Network.
Macdonald, who joined John Harbaugh’s Ravens staff in 2014 as a coaching intern and has overseen the team’s linebackers since 2018, would work under Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother. Former Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown was fired last season after a disappointing 2-4 record.
“I like Michigan. I love my brother. I’ll put it that way,” said John Harbaugh, who declined to comment further on the report Friday, saying the Ravens were “locked in” on Sunday’s wild-card-round game against the Tennessee Titans.
The Ravens last lost an assistant coach to another job in 2019, when running backs coach Thomas Hammock accepted a job as Northern Illinois’ head coach. Both offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale interviewed for NFL head coaching vacancies last season and could be candidates this year, too.
Macdonald served as the team’s defensive backs coach in 2017 before taking over as linebackers coach after Martindale was promoted. He’s worked with two Pro Bowl players over the past three years, outside linebacker Matthew Judon and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, and this year oversaw the development of young inside linebackers like Patrick Queen and Chris Board.
Before arriving in Baltimore, Macdonald served on Georgia’s staff from 2011 to 2013.