Ravens lose two coaches to Indianapolis, hire Martindale

February 02, 2012 | Luke Jones

(Updated: 6:00 a.m.)

With Chuck Pagano moving on to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens knew it was only a matter of time before losing an assistant or two from their coaching staff.

The Ravens’ former defensive coordinator has hired Marwan Maalouf to be his special teams coach and Roy Anderson to coach the Indianapolis safeties. Maalouf spent the last four seasons as the top special teams assistant to Jerry Rosburg, and Anderson spent the last three years as a defensive assistant.

While losing two assistants, the Ravens will also gain one with the expected hiring of former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. The Denver Post first reported that Martindale will coach the Ravens’ inside linebackers, replacing Dean Pees, who was promoted to defensive coordinator earlier in the week.

“Don brings extensive pro and college experience to the Ravens, and he has been a defensive coordinator at both levels,” Harbaugh said in an official 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.”

The 49-year-old Martindale has spent seven years coaching at the NFL level and 18 years of combined experience at the collegiate and pro levels. He was the defensive coordinator for Denver in 2010 after coaching the Broncos’ linebackers in the previous season.

“I am excited to be part of a great team and great organization like the Ravens,” Martindale said. “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.”

With Martindale’s hiring to coach the inside linebackers, Ted Monoachino will serve as the linebackers coach after coaching the outside linebackers the past two seasons for the Ravens. A seven-year coaching veteran, Monachino has been credited by Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs as a major factor for a 14-sack season that’s garnered plenty of consideration for the AP Defensive Player of the Year award.

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  1. Darryl Says:

    Denver’s Defense was stingy and clutch down the stretch, notwithstanding that unfortunate outting in New England. If you found our offense impotent this year, putting undue stress on the defense, Martindale should be familiar with those circumstances. Our guys were nowhere near as bad as Boy Wonder Tebow. And the Broncs suffered a huge loss in Dawkins.

    I think he’ll be a great fit and am calling it now… Martindale will be an NFL head coach by 2014.

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