The 2022 season will serve as the second season Aaron Glenn leads the Lions defense. Glenn has more than 25 years of experience in the National Football League including playing, front office and coaching experience.
Despite a young group in 2021, Glenn began his first season in Detroit by helping the team change its identity and narrative. Under his tutelage and extensive history coaching in the secondary, Glenn helped Lions CB Amani Oruwariye set a career-high in interceptions with six.
Prior to Detroit, Glenn was on staff with Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell in New Orleans for five seasons (2016-20), where Glenn was responsible for overseeing the secondary unit.
In 2020, the Saints defense was one of the best in the NFL, finishing fourth in yards allowed per game and fifth in points allowed per game. During his time with the Saints, Glenn's unit was a key contributor to the success of the club's overall defensive accomplishments. With his leadership, Glenn played an integral role in the development of many of the team's top defensive playmakers in the secondary unit such as CB Marshon Lattimore, S Marcus Williams, S Vonn Bell and CB C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
In 2020, New Orleans tied for first in the NFL in interceptions recorded (18), while the defense tied for the third-most (26) total takeaways in the NFL. In 2019, the Saints recorded 13 interceptions, while Glenn's defensive backs accounted for nine of them. By helping develop the defensive secondary to be a versatile group, Glenn's unit also produced 3.0 sacks, six forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in 2019. Additionally, he had a helping hand in the growth of Bell, who totaled five fumble recoveries, the most in the NFL in 2019.
While coaching in New Orleans, Glenn helped Lattimore reach three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons (2017-20), as Lattimore led the team with 14 pass defenses in 2019. With Glenn's assistance, Lattimore continued to experience growth in his second NFL season in 2018. Glenn's defensive backs recorded 12 total interceptions, 3.0 sacks, nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries, while Lattimore led the team with five solo takeaways and added two interceptions in the NFC Divisional Playoff win over the Eagles. After the Saints acquired CB Eli Apple in the middle of the 2018 season, Glenn helped Apple establish himself in the backend of the defense instantaneously. In 10 games played with the Saints, Apple posted three takeaways.
Under Glenn's tutelage, Lattimore generated a historic rookie season in 2017, where he started in 12 games and lead all NFL rookies with a team-high five interceptions. Lattimore also tied the rookie lead with a team-best 18 pass defenses and became the youngest Saints player to be selected to the Pro Bowl and the franchise's first AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Prior to his time in New Orleans, Glenn served as an assistant secondary coach with the Cleveland Browns from 2014-15. In his first year in Cleveland, Glenn worked with a secondary unit that earned three Pro Bowl nods in S Tashaun Gipson, CB Joe Haden and S Donte Whitner. The 2014 season marked the first time in team history that the Browns had three defensive backs selected to the Pro Bowl. Cleveland led the NFL in opponent passer rating (74.1), completion percentage (57.1) and passe defenses (99). Additionally, the Browns finished second in the NFL with 21 interceptions, the team's highest total since 2008. They also finished ranked fifth in the League in yards per pass attempt (6.44), fifth in red zone defense (46.3) and ninth in points per game (21.1). The Browns defense was the only one in the NFL to have two players with at least 18 pass defenses, as Haden led the team and finished second in the League with 20, while Buster Skrine tied for fourth with 18. During that season, despite missing the final five games, Gipson finished second in the NFL with six interceptions, which were the most by a Brown since 2010.
Prior to Cleveland, Glenn spent two seasons (2012-13) working in the New York Jets front office. He served as a college area scout in 2013 after a season as a pro personnel scout.
Glenn played 15 years in the NFL before joining the personnel and coaching ranks. He was a first-round draft selection (12th overall) by the Jets out of Texas A&M in the 1994 Draft. He started 176 out of his 205 career games played during his time with New York (1994-2001), Houston (2002-04), Dallas (2005-06), Jacksonville (2007) and New Orleans (2008). He earned three Pro Bowl selections during his career, and posted career totals of 661 tackles, 41 interceptions and 167 pass defenses. Glenn scored eight career touchdowns, including six interception returns, a 96-yard kickoff return and a 104-yard return on a missed field goal.
A Humble, Texas native, Glenn earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Texas A&M, where he was a two-time All American, and left the school as his alma mater's all-time leader in pass defenses in a season (20), season punt-return average (19.9) and punt return yards in a game (131).
In 2003, he established the Aaron Glenn Foundation, which supports education and health initiatives for families and children. Glenn and his wife, Devaney, have a son, Aaron II, and two daughters, Tristen and Rheagan.