The University of Michigan has announced that Wink Martindale, a former defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, will be taking over as the new defensive coordinator. This news comes after Martindale’s departure from the Giants and his decision to return to school. Prior to his time with the Giants, Martindale had spent four seasons as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator.
Michigan has ties to both Martindale and Jesse Minter, who is joining the Chargers with former Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Minter previously worked as an assistant in Baltimore during Martindale’s tenure. These connections played a role in Martindale’s decision to join the University of Michigan.
Martindale’s departure from the NFL marks an end to his time in professional football, as he transitions to the college level. He is excited for this new opportunity and looks forward to working with the talented players at Michigan. As he settles into his new role, he plans on bringing a unique approach and strategy to the defense that will help lead Michigan to success on the field.