Potential defensive coordinator candidates to replace Chuck Pagano are flying off the board.
Including one who is going to a division rival:
I'm told #Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn has informed the #Bears and #Jaguars he is indeed taking the defensive coordinator position with Detroit, per source. I'm told the plan is for Glenn to head to Detroit on Saturday. @AdamSchefter reported Glenn's final decision 1st.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 21, 2021
Soon-to-be former Saints Secondary Coach Aaron Glenn — who was one of nearly a dozen candidates who caught our eye early in the process — turned down the Bears to take the Lions’ defensive coordinator gig, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Maybe Glenn is a big fan of Dan Campbell’s hype speeches? After all, the two coached together in New Orleans this past season. Perhaps that familiarity pushed Glenn toward joining a staff with a coach he already knew. Or maybe that Campbell’s deal is a six-year pact had a role in Glenn choosing Detroit over Chicago. In any case, I don’t like it. Not one bit.
I do like that the Bears were tied to a strong candidate. And one who has tremendous upside, at that. Moreover, it’s probably a good thing that Glenn had to tell the Bears “thanks, but no thanks” because it shows that — at some level — there was a mutual interest. That’s not inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
But I don’t like losing an intriguing defensive coordinator candidate to a division rival. And I certainly don’t like losing one with head-coaching potential down the line. On top of that, I definitely don’t like losing him to the Lions. Seriously … the Lions? That franchise has been a mess for decades and hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991. Finishing behind the Lions in anything should be a real gut-check for the powers that be at Halas Hall.
Lose out to the Packers? I get it. I don’t like it. But I can understand the process of finishing behind a team that has been the gold standard in the division for a while. However, I can’t come to grips to losing out on a coaching candidate to the Lions. This one hurts more than it admittedly should.