- Macdonald takes the title of NFL’s youngest from Patriots hire Jerod Mayo
- He led the league’s best scoring defense and sixth best passing defense in 2023
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The Seattle Seahawks have officially announced Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as their new head coach.
Macdonald replaces Pete Carroll, who stepped down from the position after 13 years at the helm in Seattle.
He now becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL – taking the top spot from Jerod Mayo, who held it for just 19 days after being named head coach of the New England Patriots.
Macdonald, a Boston native, spent the early part of his career as an assistant at the University of Georgia before moving to the Ravens.
Between 2014 and 2020 he served as a coaching intern and defensive assistant before becoming the defensive backs coach and then their linebackers coach.
Mike Macdonald is on his way to Seattle to become the new head coach of the Seahawks
He becomes the league’s youngest head coach and replaces the outgoing Pete Carroll
Last year, Macdonald led the NFL’s top scoring defense and its sixth-best pass defense
Following a one-year stop with Jim Harbaugh at the University of Michigan, Macdonald returned to the Ravens and served two seasons as their defensive coordinator.
The past two seasons, Baltimore finished tenth and sixth for total defense across the league.
In 2022, the Ravens had the seventh-worst pass defense in the league, but followed that up with the third-best rush defense and the third-best scoring defense in the NFL.
This season, that rushing defense dipped to 14th in the NFL, but the passing defense greatly improved to the sixth best league-wide.
Most importantly, Baltimore finished the 2023 regular season with the top scoring defense in the NFL – allowing an average of only 16.5 points per game.