Report: Michigan DC expected to return to NFL with familiar franchise
After just one year in Ann Arbor, it sounds like Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald will be heading back to the NFL. He’ll still be working with a Harbaugh, though.
Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com is reporting that Macdonald is expected to become the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. He would be rejoining John Harbaugh’s staff, where he spent seven seasons as a position coach before taking the job at Michigan.
Macdonald was recommended to Jim Harbaugh by his brother. The move from Baltimore to Ann Arbor worked well for both sides, as the Wolverines claimed their first B1G Championship Game victory and first appearance in the College Football Playoff.
A large part of that success was because of Michigan’s defensive scheme. Macdonald had the opportunity to coach several stars, including Aidan Hutchinson, David Ojabo, Josh Ross, Daxton Hill and many others.
Because of Michigan’s success on the defensive side of the ball, Macdonald proved he’s capable of running a defense. Now that there’s a vacancy in Baltimore, it appears John Harbaugh wants MacDonald back with the Ravens to improve on that side of the football.
Macdonald’s departure means Michigan is now on the lookout for a new defensive coordinator for the 2022 season. It will be the team’s third in as many years.
Macdonald replaced Don Brown, who was let go following an abysmal 2-4 season in 2020.