Podcast: Vasilios and Jake dive into the NFL Divisional Playoffs, Martindale promotion, and latest Terps buzz

On the latest episode of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast, reporter Vasilios Nikolaou joins owner Jake McDonnell for a half-hour of sports talk.

A few days before the NFL Divisional round, the guys break down the key things to watch for during “the best football weekend” on the NFL calendar.

On Monday, we heard Nolan‘s take on the recent rumors surrounding the brass of the New England Patriots. How does Vasilios feel about this story that is sure to linger into the offseason?

On Tuesday, the Ravens promoted linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale to defensive coordinator. Is this a yay or nay move?

Last up on the podcast is some college hoops talk. Despite departures and injuries to several key players, the Terps look impressive as conference play gets underway. What can we expect to see from this 2017-18 Terps squad? Vasilios and Jake have you covered.

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Ravens promote Don Martindale to become new defensive coordinator

OWINGS MILLS, MD — The Ravens have not wasted any time finding a new defensive play-caller. On Tuesday afternoon the team announced that linebackers coach Don Martindale would be taking over the defensive coordinator position for 2018.

This move comes just days after John Harbaugh addressed the media for his season review press conference. In that presser, Harbaugh stated that the team was searching “inside and out” for their next defensive coordinator but is favoring those who are familiar with the Ravens system.

“He knows the ins and outs of what we have been about on defense and has been an important contributor to our success on that side of the ball,” Harbaugh said following Martindale’s promotion.

Martindale, 54, is extremely familiar with the Ravens defense as he has been the linebackers coach since 2012. Before coming to Baltimore, Martindale was the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.

Martindale will also adopt a much more talented defense than he did last time he was named coordinator. The 2010 Broncos defense, which Martindale led, gave up the most yards and points per game in the league that year.

Looking within for new hires has worked well for the Ravens in the past. Former defensive coordinators, Rex Ryan, Chuck Pagano, and Dean Pees were all promoted from within the organization. In addition to Martindale’s promotion, the Ravens named Mike McDonald as the new linebacker’s coach.

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