Mike Macdonald is heading back to Baltimore. After a one-year stop on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan, the defensive coordinator is rejoining John Harbaugh with the Ravens.

It’s been an interesting two-year run for Macdonald, who left the Ravens after the 2020 season to become the defensive coordinator at Michigan. After an incredibly successful year in Ann Arbor, he’s been hired by John to be the next DC of the Ravens.

On Monday, John spoke about Macdonald’s return to the NFL. He also touched on the conversation he had with his brother about swiping the defensive coordinator.


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“He said, ‘Sure, no problem,'” John said with a laugh. “He was great about it, actually. It was a good experience for Mike, I think. That’s something we’ll talk more about Wednesday, I’m sure, when Mike gets up here. It was a good experience, just kinda the way it worked out. And now Jim is looking for a defensive coordinator and I’m sure he’ll find a great one.”

Jim will be searching for Michigan’s third defensive coordinator in as many season. Don Brown was the DC for the Wolverines in 2020 but was let go following a dismal 2-4 season.

Michigan will always be an attractive job for high-end assistant coaches. Even more so now that the Wolverines are coming off a B1G title run and College Football Playoff appearance.