Aaron Glenn Turned Down the Bears to Become the Lions' Defensive Coordinator

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Aaron Glenn Turned Down the Bears to Become the Lions’ Defensive Coordinator

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Potential defensive coordinator candidates to replace Chuck Pagano are flying off the board.

Including one who is going to a division rival:

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.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.