Touchdown for Michigan Football: Wink Martindale to Lead Wolverine Defense in Major Coaching Shake-Up!
Michigan is poised to bring in Wink Martindale, former defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, to take charge of their defense, as per sources disclosed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.
Although the finalization of the deal is still in progress, insiders indicate that there are no expected obstacles in the hiring process.
Martindale and the Giants parted ways in January after a tumultuous 2023 season. Despite the defense ranking 27th overall, it notably tied for first in the NFL for turnovers created, emerging as the team’s standout unit. ESPN Analytics placed the New York defense at 17th overall. The Giants’ offense struggled at 30th place, and special teams ranked 25th, contributing to a disappointing six-win season following a playoff appearance.
Replacing Jesse Minter, who departed on Tuesday to join the Los Angeles Chargers as their defensive coordinator, Martindale steps into a program where Minter played a pivotal role in Michigan’s recent successes, including a national title after 26 seasons, along with two Big Ten championships and College Football Playoff appearances.
Interestingly, both Minter and former Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald implemented a version of Martindale’s defense, sharing similar concepts and terminology. This continuity might ease the transition for players, minimizing the adjustments typically associated with a change in leadership, especially from an NFL coach.