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Wink Martindale to interview with Jaguars in search for new suitor

Wink Martindale's search for a new team has reached Jacksonville.

The former Giants defensive coordinator is scheduled to meet with the Jaguars on Tuesday and Wednesday for the defensive coordinator vacancy. According to Sports Illustrated.

This is Martindale's first known interview since his ugly parting ways with the Giants.


Wink Martindale gave his first known interview while looking for a new team. AP

As part of the parting agreement, the Giants will not have to pay the $3 million owed next year on Martindale's contract, and Martindale is free to join any team of his choice.

Martindale served as the Giants' defensive coordinator for two seasons, but a rift with head coach Brian Daboll boiled over, leading to Martindale's resignation.

The paper's Paul Schwartz reported that Martindale berated Daboll in a meeting after Martindale announced he was firing two of his most loyal defensive assistants, Drew Wilkins and Kevin Wilkins.

The Jaguars fired defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell and his staff at the end of the season, and the late-game woes continued.

After starting 8-3, the Jaguars lost five of their next six games and missed the playoffs.

Conversely, the Giants have a prime candidate to replace Martindale.

They will meet with Ravens secondary coach Denard Wilson and meet with Shane Bowen for the Titans' defensive coordinator vacancy.


Wink Martindale, Brian Daboll
Wink Martindale (left) had an ugly falling out with Brian Daboll. Bill Kostron/New York Post

Martindale's Giants defense finished the regular season seventh-worst in scoring, fourth-worst in rushing, and 14th-worst in pass defense, but was tied for the NFL's most points scored.

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