Ramsey: Ravens D-coordinator Martindale puts personal stamp on unit
Ravens D-coordinator Martindale puts personal stamp on unit
OWINGS MILLS, Md. There are no dreary work days for Don Martindale, who has overwhelmingly embraced his new role as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens.After serving for five seasons as the teams linebackers coach, Martindale was promoted to coordinator in January after Dean Pees left the post.Enthusiastic doesnt even begin to describe Martindales attitude about being in charge of the defense.Ever since weve made this transition, its been a joy to just come through those gates every day. I love it, Martindale said after Wednesdays mandatory minicamp practice.This isnt the first time Martindale has been put in charge of molding a defense. In 2010, he watched over a unit in Denver that was the worst in the NFL in both yards and points allowed per game.Given a second chance, the 55-year-old Martindale is putting together a defense that will rely heavily on the instinct of several of its most proven players, most notably safety Eric Weddle and linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley.Hes just putting his personal fix on our defense and expanding it, giving the guys confidence to play fast, Weddle said. The idea is to do whats best for the defense, not whats best the individual.Martindale called Mosley the quarterback of a fluid unit that can make a snap-change from drop-back coverage to an all-out blitz. In that regard Patrick Mekari Jersey, Mosley believes this defense is superior to the one that in 2017 yielded 18.9 points per game, sixth-best in the NFL.The way were able to use our core guys, put them in different spots and do some of the same things just from different positions, its more creative, I would say, than where we were last year, Mosley said.Baltimore coach John Harbaugh promoted Martindale rather than go outside the organization because he wanted to extend his vision of a defense that has evolved since his arrival in 2008.All were doing is forwarding Johns plan, Martindale said. Were remodeling the package. Its still Ravens football, its still Ravens defense, but weve streamlined it. Its the elegant simplicity. Guys are playing really fast.Asked for his take on Martindales defense, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg replied, Theyre fast and theyre furious.Sure, things might be different once the pads go on at training camp Gus Edwards Jersey, but at this point, Martindales boss likes what he sees.Were doing a lot of neat things on defense, things that are really good, Harbaugh said. More than ever, were putting it on our players to make decisions in real time.Martindale has a new title, but old habits die hard.For the most part, its been the same, Mosley said. He always comes in and says, `I have to lead the linebacker room, and sits down and gets to talking like hes back at linebacker coach.Told of Mosleys disclosure, Martindale smiled and said www.ravensgearfanstore.com/Patrick_Mekari_Jersey-935 , Ive been trying to stay out of there, but you cant help but go in. Thats home. I have a good time in the secondary room as well.And just about everywhere else.Where were going with this thing is really exciting to me, Martindale said, and I know its exciting to the players.In other training camp news, cornerback Jimmy Smith was a surprise participant at practice, going through a light regimen of individual drills just six months after tearing his left Achilles tendon.I dont know if Jimmys like half Wolverine, but hes healed up in half the time of regular human beings, Weddle said, referring to the amazing recuperative powers of the Marvel super hero.
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