You can add another voice to the ones claiming for Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald to get a shot at landing a head coaching job next offseason in the NFL.
This time, it's Paul Domowitch of The 33rd Team who indicated in a column published on Friday, Dec. 1, that Macdonald "is expected to get multiple interviews for open jobs.”
"There clearly is a bias toward offensive coaches when it comes to NFL head coaching opportunities. But Macdonald is expected to get multiple interviews for open jobs."- Paul Domowitch, The 33rd Team
Domowitch was quick to acknowledge that in the current NFL landscape, there "clearly is a bias toward offensive coordinators" taking possession of head coaching positions and being prioritized over defensive minds, such as Macdonald's.
According to Domowitch, that won't matter in Macdonald's case as he is "expected to get multiple interviews for open jobs" as soon as this season is over.
Not only did Domowitch state that himself, but he also got in touch with an AFC general manager who told the analyst "The smart teams will interview (Macdonald)."
The unnamed GM also said, "The fact that [Macdonald] wasn’t previously widely recognized (as a top head-coaching candidate) might cause a little hesitation from some teams. When a guy has had shorter-term success, they’re worried."
The Ravens defense, under Macdonald's guidance for the second season in a row after he re-joined the club in 2022 following a one-year stint with the Michigan Wolverines, ranks second in points and yards allowed, leads the NFL in total sacks, and has surrendered the fewest passing touchdowns through Week 12.
Not only that, but the Ravens D has drawn comparisons to the supremely talented 2000 unit that went on to win the Super Bowl nearly 25 years ago.
Whether these Ravens are better or worse than the early-aughts mob, the truth is that Macdonald has done wonders with a defense that has made the most of its pieces including putting recently forgotten men such as Justin Madubuike (team-leading 10 sacks) and Geno Stone (six interceptions) in the spotlight while playing under the final year of their respective contracts.
Macdonald should be considered someone of the utmost value for the Baltimore Ravens organization, and thus the franchise should prioritize retaining him as the DC before making him the successor to HC John Harbaugh once the current coach steps down or gets fired.
Here's hoping nothing catastrophic happens so John loses his position, but here's also hoping that the Ravens and Macdonald can work something out until his moment to coach the whole team arrives further down the line.