As for the DC spot, Cleveland still waiting for word from Bills on Jim O’Neil, with Ravens ass’t Wink Martindale another possibility.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 26, 2014
The Cleveland Browns are expected to name Bills linebackers coach Jim O’Neil as their defensive coordinator. However, if the Bills prevent that from happening, the next option could be Don ‘Wink’ Martindale, the inside linebackers coach of the Baltimore Ravens, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
The assumption is that with Jim Schwartz in the fold as the defensive coordinator, O’Neil, who has said he wants to go to Cleveland, will be allowed and this is a matter of time. Martindale, 50, has spent time as a defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos before ending up in Baltimore. The Dayton, Ohio native has experience coaching in a hybrid defense in his time with the Ravens.
In addition to being on the all-name team for coaches, Martindale was also part of the Ravens staff that was able to lead the team to the Super Bowl, coaching Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe last year with Daryl Smith and Josh Bynes this year, with the defense appearing to play better in 2013.