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Giants interview Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale for head coach position

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Don "Wink" Martindale, who coordinated one of the NFL's stingiest defenses for a Baltimore Ravens team that finished with a league-best 14-2 record, late today interviewed for the Giants' head coaching position.

Martindale, 56, met in Baltimore with Giants president John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and vice president of football operations Kevin Abrams. The top-seeded Ravens will host an AFC Divisional Playoff Game next Saturday.

Martindale, who has more than 30 years coaching experience, including 15 in the NFL, is the fourth coach to speak with the Giants about their coaching vacancy. The others are Dallas Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach Kris Richard, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

Pat Shurmur was dismissed as Giants head coach on Monday.

Baltimore has had the NFL's most consistently good defense in Martindale's two seasons as coordinator. In 2018, the Ravens allowed an NFL-best 292.9 yards a game and were fourth against the run (82.9), fifth vs. the pass (210.0) and second in points allowed (17.9 per game). Baltimore was the first team since the 1934 Detroit Lions to not allow a second-half touchdown in the first six games of a season.

This year, the Ravens were fourth in yardage (330.6), fifth in run defense (93.4), sixth against the pass (207.2) and third in opposing points given up (17.6). Four Baltimore defenders were selected to the Pro Bowl.

Martindale has coached in Baltimore since 2012, when he began a four-year stint as the team's inside linebackers coach. That year, Martindale coached Hall of Famer Ray Lewis in his final season and the Ravens defeated San Francisco in the Super Bowl. Martindale guided and developed many outstanding players at the position, notably four-time Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley. From 2016-18, the Ravens led the NFL with 52 interceptions and were second with 79 takeaways, seven fewer than Kansas City.

In 2016, Martindale was named linebackers coach and Baltimore tied the Chiefs and Chargers with 18 interceptions, including four by Mobley. After two years in that position, Martindale was promoted to coordinator.

Martindale entered the NFL in 2004 as the Oakland Raiders' inside linebackers coach. After two seasons in that role, he began coaching all of the linebackers, a position he held for three years.

In 2009, Martindale joined the Denver Broncos' staff as linebackers coach. He was the team's defensive coordinator the following season, when he coached a pair of Hall of Famers in cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins. Martindale did not coach in 2011.

Prior to coaching in the NFL, Martindale was a collegiate coach for 11 years and a high school coach for six. His first job in major college football was as a defensive assistant at Notre Dame in 1994-95. Martindale held a variety of positions – coaching at various times ends, linebackers and special teams and doing two stints as a coordinator - at the University of Cincinnati, Western Illinois and Western Kentucky from 1996-2003. He then joined the Raiders' staff.

A native of Ohio, Martindale was an all-state linebacker at Trotwood-Madison High School. At Defiance College, he played linebacker, earned a bachelor's degree in business education and began his coaching career in 1986-87, first as defensive backs coach and then as the coordinator.

Martindale and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Cassie, and a son, Ty.

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