Wink Martindale will be resigning as the New York Giants defensive coordinator, per a report from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
The report is, as of this writing, unconfirmed. However, it does come after reports of friction and a deteriorating relationship between Martindale and head coach Brian Daboll. The Giants’ defense was both porous and opportunistic this year, leading to big plays for both the Giants and their opponents. The Giants finished the season giving up among the most yards and points in the NFL, while also being among the league leaders in takeaways.
Both men have strong personalities that seemed to conflict without wins to smooth over rough patches.
For his part, Daboll said that he expected Martindale to be back in 2024 during his season-ending press availability. He said, “There’s still conversations that are going to be had. It’s my expectation that they (Martindale and Kafka) [are] going to come back. I think they’re good coaches. Be good to have some continuity and bring them back ... I appreciate how hard they work, their commitment to the team. So that’s my plan.”
The Giants have also fired outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins and assistant outside linebackers coach Kevin Wilkins, per a report from Charlotte Carroll of The Athletic. The Wilkins brothers were brought to the Giants by Martindale from the Baltimore Ravens. That report emerged shortly before Leonard’s report regarding Martindale, so there might have been more going on beneath the surface than Daboll admitted.
The Giants fired special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson earlier on Monday. Now it seems that the Giants’ coaching search will be more extensive than we thought a few hours ago.