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In reunion, Ravens name Mike Macdonald defensive coordinator

The Ravens named Mike Macdonald as their defensive coordinator Thursday night, tapping the fast-rising former assistant to succeed Don “Wink” Martindale after a disappointing 2021 season.

Macdonald comes from Michigan, where as the defensive coordinator under coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, he oversaw one of the country’s most impressive defensive turnarounds. He’s the Ravens’ first external hire at defensive coordinator in franchise history.

Macdonald, 34, spent seven seasons on coach John Harbaugh’s defensive staff in Baltimore. He previously served as a defensive assistant, defensive backs coach and linebackers coach in Baltimore before leaving after last season.

“Mike is one of us — a Raven through and through,” John Harbaugh said in a release. “During his initial seven seasons with us, it was evident that his leadership, intelligence and passion would earn him the opportunity to be a defensive coordinator in the NFL.

“Mike has continuously proven himself, including when he led one of the country’s best defenses at Michigan last year. He is a proven play-caller who knows our system well. He also fully understands the standard of playing defense in Baltimore.”

The Ravens parted ways with Martindale last week after four seasons. The defense, undone by inconsistency and injuries, finished No. 28 in the NFL in overall efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. Martindale, who oversaw top-10 units from 2018 to 2020, had one year remaining on his contract.

Macdonald had a strong first season in Ann Arbor. Michigan’s defense finished No. 13 nationally in ESPN’s Football Power Index, after ranking No. 106 in 2020, and helped the program defeat rival Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and win the Big Ten Conference championship for the first time since 2004. Wolverines edge rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo are also expected to be first-round picks in this year’s NFL draft.

Jim Harbaugh had said last year that John had told him Macdonald would “probably” succeed Martindale as the team’s next defensive coordinator.

This story will be updated.

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