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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A great move for 'continuity'

Continuity has been a huge buzzword for Michigan football during this transition. But you can see why. The Wolverines have dominated the Big Ten and won the national championship last season, why wouldn't you want to continue what has brought success?

The Ravens defensive scheme run by Macdonald and Minter was a game-changer for Michigan football. And outside of those guys, is there anyone better to run it than Martindale -- it's creator?

Now there are going to be scheme differences. Martindale could use some different coverages on the back end, although Steve Clinkscale is still the co-DC, so he's going to have a say, especially in terms of the pass coverage.

Martindale feels like a guy who wants to be a head coach someday. I don't see him doing this job forever. But like Minter and Macdonald, a successful stint could lead to bigger and better things.