The Baltimore Ravens have named Mike Macdonald as their defensive coordinator, head coach John Harbaugh announced Thursday night.
Macdonald, 34, rejoins the Ravens after spending last season as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. Prior to his time at the Wolverines, Macdonald spent seven seasons (2014-20) in Baltimore, most recently serving as the 2018-20 lineout coaching staff. During his time at the Ravens, he also coached the defensive backs (2017), was a defensive assistant (2015-16) and worked his first year (2014) as a defensive coaching intern.
“Mike is one of us – a raven through and through,” Harbaugh said. “During his initial seven seasons with us, it was clear that his leadership, intelligence and passion would give him the opportunity to be a defensive coordinator in the NFL.
“Mike has proven himself continuously, even when he led one of the country’s best defenses at Michigan last year. He is a proven play-caller who knows our system well. He also fully understands the standard of defense in Baltimore. “
In his lone season coordinating Michigan’s defense, Macdonald helped lead the Wolverines to their first Big Ten title since 2004 and an appearance in the College Football Playoff semifinals. While in Ann Arbor, Macdonald’s unit produced the country’s eighth-seeded goal defense (17.4 ppg), while finishing 20th in yards per game allowed (330.9) and 11th in red zone strike efficiency (45). , 7%). Macdonald also played an instrumental role in the outstanding performance of DE Aidan Hutchinson, who earned first-team All-American honors and was a Heisman Trophy finalist after delivering a career-high 14-bag school record.
From 2018-20, Macdonald led a Ravens linebacker corps that helped Baltimore produce the NFL’s No. 1 overall defense (307.8 ypg) during that period, while also allowing the league’s fewest points per game (18.2). Veteran linebackers Matthew Judon (2019-20) and CJ Mosley (2018) also each earned Pro Bowl nods under Macdonald’s leadership. (With Macdonald as a member of the defensive staff, Mosley was a four-time Pro Bowler – 2014, 2016-18 – and in 2014 became the team’s first rookie Pro Bowler.)
In 2017, with pass coordinator / secondary coach Chris Hewitt, Macdonald helped lead a defensive backfield that contributed to the NFL’s most interceptions (22) and forced turnover (34). Baltimore also finished second in the league in both defensive passing rating (72.4) and defensive touchdowns (five). S Eric Weddle earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod in 2017 after leading the team by six interceptions.
Macdonald originally began his coaching career by leading the linebackers and backs at Cedar Shoals High School (Ga.) While attending the University of Georgia. After graduating from Georgia, he spent three seasons with the Bulldogs as a defensive graduate assistant before moving to the NFL ranks.
Macdonald, a native of Boston, Mass., And his wife, Stephanie, were married in 2021.