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Dan Campbell reportedly has his defensive coordinator.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the new Detroit Lions head coach is hiring New Orleans Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn to fill the role. The two worked together in New Orleans, where Campbell was the assistant head coach and tight ends coach before taking the Lions job.
Glenn, 48, spent 15 seasons in the NFL as a cornerback between the New York Jets (1994-01), Houston Texans (2002-04), Dallas Cowboys (2005-06), Jacksonville Jaguars (2007) and New Orleans Saints (2008). He was a three-time Pro Bowler, registering 41 career interceptions.
After his playing career Glenn spent two seasons in the Jets front office as a pro personnel scout (2012) and a college area scout (2013). He then spent two seasons (2014-15) as an assistant secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns before joining the Saints in secondary coach in 2016, where he’s been since.
Glenn helped lead an excellent Saints secondary in 2020 that finished fifth in pass defense (217.0 YPG) and tied for first in the NFL with 18 interceptions.
Erik Schlitt @erikschlitt
Getting Aaron Glenn is a big get for the Lions. Up-and-coming defensive coordinator played in league should fit in very well with Dan Campbell. And they’ve played together before they coach together before excellent marriage here.
Joe Banner @JoeBanner13
A future HC https://t.co/gZ7FWjEoHQ
Jennifer Hammond @HammerFox2
If Lion’s fans know anything about what Aaron Glenn is all about, they should be very happy about this. https://t.co/kEaru3xLhr
He’ll have a taller task in Detroit, guiding a defense that finished last in both yards (419.8) and points (32.4) per game this past season.
Glenn is considered a fast-riser in the coaching ranks. He’ll certainly have the chance to prove he’s worth the hype as he attempts to rebuild Detroit’s hapless defense.