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The Baltimore Ravens announced on Thursday night that they had hired former University of Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald for the same role in Baltimore. Macdonald makes his return to the Charm City after seven years with the Ravens from 2014-2020, and will now take over a defense that was ravaged by injuries but struggled with inconsistencies over the course of 2021.
Macdonald worked in a multitude of roles during his first stint in Baltimore, so he has familiarity with how things work within the organization. After the hire was announced, multiple Ravens players took to Twitter to express their excitement about Macdonald’s return to Baltimore, including inside linebackers Patrick Queen and L.J. Fort, as well as outside linebacker Tyus Bowser.
Macdonald is just 34 years old, but is regarded as a very bright football mind. He turned around the defense at Michigan by implementing multiple new strategies and personnel groupings, leading the university to the College Football Playoffs. The Ravens and their players are excited about the hire, and rightfully so.