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Humphrey 'surprised' Ravens DC hasn't gotten head coach offer

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The Ravens fell to the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday night, but Baltimore's loss was hardly the fault of their defense. The group played one of their best games of the entire season, holding a high-scoring Buffalo offense to just 10 points.

Saturday was no outlier, either. Don "Wink" Martindale's unit was one of the best across the entire NFL throughout the entire 2020 campaign. Baltimore's opponents averaged just 18.9 points per game against the Ravens this past season. Only the Rams' defense allowed fewer.

Despite Martindale's success, the defensive coordinator has not generated much buzz as a possible head coach candidate for another team. That has been surprising to Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

"I think it definitely has surprised me," Humphrey said Sunday. "I think last year he got some buzz. I thought with as many opportunities opened up that there would be some buzz this year."

Seven teams have fired their head coach since the 2020 season began, and four clubs -- the Lions, Texans, Chargers and Eagles -- still have openings to fill. Only five teams hired new coaches last year, so it didn't seem much of a shock when Martindale was passed over.

While it can still change, Martindale has not been linked to any openings thus far.

Over the past two seasons, whether it's been due to injuries or other factors (see Thomas, Earl), Baltimore's defense has seen plenty of turnover personnel-wise. Yet, Martindale has been able to consistently put together a top-five unit in the NFL, which is not an easy task.

 

"Not just this year, but last year, it seemed like he's had to do a lot with moving pieces around, changing up defenses," Humphrey said. "It seems like we haven't really missed a beat when that's really happened."

Besides the success of Martindale's defense on the field, Humphrey believes his coordinator has the leadership skills it takes to be a head coach in this league, too.

"I think what he's been able to do as a play-caller and all the different things with just keeping the guys and holding each other accountable," Humphrey said. "He has a lot of head coaching tendencies. It's definitely surprised me that he hasn't gotten more interest."