Don Martindale will go from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, giving the team a little bit of continuity at an ever-changing position.
Martindale will be the Broncos’ fifth defensive coordinator in five years. A change was needed after Mike Nolan and coach Josh McDaniels decided to part ways earlier this month.
Martindale came to the Broncos last year after spending five seasons as a linebackers coach with the Raiders. He was a college assistant previous to that, and his last stint as a defensive coordinator was in 2003 with Western Kentucky.
“‘Wink’ is the perfect fit to lead our defense after earning the respect of our players and coaching staff for the job he did this past year working with our linebackers,” McDaniels said in a statement released by the team.
“Defensively, we will keep our system consistent in terms of the scheme and will play an aggressive, physical brand of football. Most importantly, we want to continue to improve. ‘Wink’ holds his players to a very high standard, both on the field and in the meeting room, and he makes them better. He is highly regarded within our organization, and we look forward to him leading our defense.”