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New York Jets Head Coach Candidate Profile: Don Martindale (ft. Ken McKusick)

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Is Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale among the best fits for the New York Jets’ head coach position?

While he has yet to be requested for an interview by the Jets or any NFL team as of Friday morning, Don Martindale has been considered an intriguing head coaching candidate for months. To many Jets observers, he has been seen as one of the favorites to land the job.

Martindale, 57, is in his third season as Baltimore’s defensive coordinator. From 2018-20, he led the Ravens to fourth, fifth, and eighth in defensive DVOA, respectively.

Prior to 2018, Martindale spent six seasons (2012-17) coaching Baltimore’s linebackers. His most impressive player over that span – current Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley made four Pro Bowls over five seasons under Martindale’s coaching in Baltimore.

Martindale’s defenses have been particularly dominant against the pass. From 2018-20, no team allowed fewer net yards per pass attempt than Baltimore (5.56).

Is Martindale the right man for the New York Jets’ job? Can he be a CEO-type leader who is involved in all three phases, not just the defense? Is he truly a fantastic defensive mind, or has he benefited from superstar talent?

Ben Blessington and Michael Nania spoke to Ravens film analyst Ken McKusick to learn more Martindale’s qualifications to become a head coach.

***Warning: NSFW language used in limited spots. 

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