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Breaking: Ravens hire new defensive coordinator

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The Baltimore Ravens have promoted Don “Wink” Martindale to defensive coordinator.

"'Wink' has earned the promotion to defensive coordinator," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said of Martindale in a statement. "His aggressive mentality will serve to take our defense to new levels. He is obviously respected by players, many of whom have already benefited from his direct coaching at the linebacker position. He knows the ins and outs of what we have been about on defense and has been an important contributor to our success on that side of the ball. This is an exciting day for Wink and his family, and also one for the Ravens."

Martindale served as the team's linebackers coach since 2012, helping the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.

Former Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees retired from his position on Jan. 1.

Baltimore promoted Mike McDonald from defensive backs coach to linebackers coach in a corresponding move.

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