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Don Martindale

Don Martindale

Defensive Coordinator


Don "Wink" Martindale is his second season as the Giants' defensive coordinator, his 19th season in the NFL and his 36th year in coaching.

In 2023, Martindale was one of three recipients of the Pro Football Writer Association's Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman Award, which is presented for lifetime achievement as an NFL assistant coach. The award is named for Zimmerman, who covered the NFL for 29 years as Sports Illustrated's lead pro football writer. The other honorees John Mitchell, who retired following the 2022 season after 31 years as an NFL defensive line coach, including 28 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the late Bobb McKittrick, an offensive line coach in the league from 1971-99, who coached in five Super Bowls.