3 thoughts on Wink Martindale being hired as Michigan football DC

Michigan football has hired a new defensive coordinator and here are three thoughts on the addition of Wink Martindale to the Wolverines staff.

Dec 25, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator Don  Wink
Dec 25, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator Don Wink / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Sherrone Moore continues to build his Michigan football coaching staff and on Friday morning, he made his most significant hire yet, as it was reported by Adam Schefter and confirmed by others that Wink Martindale will take over as the Wolverines' defensive coordinator.

Martindale has spent the past six seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator. He worked under John Harbaugh in Baltimore and was the DC when Mike Macdonald and Jesse Minter coached there. They were running a version of Martindale's system the past three seasons.

Wink was with the New York Giants the past two seasons as their defensive coordinator before there was a falling out. With a ton of NFL talent on the roster, this is a golden opportunity for Martindale. It's also a great hire by Moore, who wanted continuity with the defensive scheme. He also wanted someone with an NFL background. There are some downsides, such as recruiting, however, this move is a win on the whole, and here are three thoughts.