The New York Giants found Patrick Graham’s replacement in former Ravens’ defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. Martindale comes from the Buddy Ryan coaching tree - a pressure-heavy, man coverage, scheme that has different tendencies than Patrick Graham.
Martindale is a master at manipulating opposing protection packages by using deception through simulated pressures/creepers to gain free rushers at the quarterback. He was pressure-happy as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, but not to a detriment in certain cases, specifically against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Ravens 36-35 Week 2 victory.
There are lots of pros, and some cons, to Martindale’s aggressive philosophy. There will be a more extensive breakdown of Martindale’s scheme coming soon, but I wanted to assemble a few plays that caught my eye and provide a brief breakdown in video format. Let’s look at some of the ways Martindale tries to create chaos with his defense. I hope you enjoy!