Aaron Glenn
Detroit Lions
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1972-07-16) July 16, 1972 (age 49)
Humble, Texas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Nimitz (Houston, Texas)
College:Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
As an administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:634
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:3
Interceptions:41
Total return yards:2,697
Total touchdowns:8
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Aaron Devone Glenn (born July 16, 1972) is an American football coach and former cornerback who is the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints from 2016 to 2020 and also served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Glenn played 15 seasons in the NFL. During his playing time, Glenn played for the New York Jets, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints. He played college football for Texas A&M University.

Early years

Glenn was born in Humble, Texas.[1] He played youth football in the Humble Area Football League.[2] He attended Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas,[3] where he was a four-year letterman for the Nimitz Cougars high school football team. As a senior, he posted over 1,000 rushing yards, over 200 receiving yards and 7 interceptions. He also lettered in basketball and track

Playing career

College

Glenn originally signed his letter of intent to play college football for the Purdue Boilermakers in 1990.[4]

Glenn first attended Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, where as a sophomore, he won all-conference and junior college All-America honors, after posting two interceptions, 60 tackles, and 15 pass deflections.

Glenn then transferred to Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team in 1992 and 1993. As a junior in 1992, he was the Southwest Conference (SWC) Newcomer of the Year and a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection.

As a senior in 1993, he registered 27 tackles, 13 passes defensed and led the nation with a 19.2-yard punt return average, while receiving first-team All-SWC and a consensus first-team All-American honors.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Sports Hall of Fame.

National Football League

New York Jets

Glenn was selected by the New York Jets in the first round (12th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played his first eight seasons in the NFL with the Jets, from 1994 to 2001.[5] In 1996, Glenn set the team record for longest interception return with a 100-yard touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.[6]

In 2001, he started 12 games, missing 3 contests with a sprained knee. He had 39 tackles and 12 passes defensed (second on the team).

Houston Texans

Glenn was acquired by the Houston Texans through the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft. He started 16 games at left cornerback, registering 75 tackles, 5 interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one sack. He and teammate Gary Walker became the first Texans to reach the NFL Pro Bowl in 2002.

In 2003, he started 11 games and was declared inactive in 2 because of injury, before being placed on the injured reserve list for the final 3 contests. He finished with 29 tackles, one interception and 16 passes defensed. The next year, he started 16 games, making 5 interceptions and 14 passes defensed. He was released because of salary cap reasons on April 26, 2005.

Dallas Cowboys

Glenn signed with the Dallas Cowboys before the 2005 season reuniting him with Bill Parcells, who was his head coach with the New York Jets. Coming in as a 33 year old free agent, he surprised observers with his high level of play. Although he was projected to be involved only on the nickel defense, he started 7 games in place of an injured Anthony Henry and recorded 4 interceptions (led the team).[7]

The next year, he played in 16 games (1 start) and was used mostly on the nickel defense, registering 20 tackles with one interception. In 2007, Wade Phillips was hired as the new head coach and released Glenn on September 1.[8]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On September 3, 2007, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[9] He played in 5 games (4 starts) and was declared inactive for 11 regular season games and 2 playoff games.

New Orleans Saints

Glenn signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints on April 7, 2008. He injured his ankle during the second game of the season, which limited his playing time until being placed on the injured reserve list on November 27.[10]

Retirement

After five seasons away from the Texans, on July 28, 2010, Glenn signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a Texan.[11]

NFL career statistics

Year Team GP Comb Solo Ast Sack FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
1994 NYJ 15 66 56 10 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
1995 NYJ 16 50 40 10 0.0 1 1 0 1 17 17 17 0 15
1996 NYJ 16 42 36 6 0.0 1 0 0 4 113 28 100 2 13
1997 NYJ 16 65 54 11 0.0 0 0 0 1 5 5 5 0 11
1998 NYJ 13 48 47 1 0.0 0 0 0 6 23 4 26 0 11
1999 NYJ 16 51 46 5 0.0 0 1 0 3 20 7 12 0 11
2000 NYJ 16 37 28 9 0.0 0 0 0 4 34 9 34 0 14
2001 NYJ 13 33 27 6 0.0 1 1 0 5 82 16 60 1 14
2002 HOU 16 67 56 11 1.0 0 0 0 5 181 36 70 2 18
2003 HOU 11 35 29 6 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 12
2004 HOU 16 63 55 8 0.0 1 0 0 5 40 8 23 0 14
2005 DAL 16 32 29 3 0.0 0 0 0 4 10 3 10 0 13
2006 DAL 16 22 20 2 0.0 0 0 0 1 7 7 7 0 6
2007 JAX 5 15 13 2 0.0 0 0 0 1 28 28 28 1 1
2008 NO 4 8 7 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 205 634 543 91 1.0 6 3 0 41 560 14 100 6 163

[12]

Coaching career

Houston Stallions

Starting in 2012, Glenn held the position of general manager with the Houston Stallions of the Texas Lone Star Football League, an indoor league comprising exclusively teams from Texas.

New York Jets

In June 2012, Glenn was hired the New York Jets, his former team, as a personnel scout.[13]

Cleveland Browns

On May 18, 2014, Glenn was named the assistant defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns.

New Orleans Saints

On January 13, 2016, Glenn was hired by the New Orleans Saints as their secondary coach.

Detroit Lions

On January 23, 2021, Glenn was hired by the Detroit Lions as their defensive coordinator under head coach Dan Campbell.[14][15]

References

  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Aaron Glenn. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  2. ^ HAFL
  3. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Aaron Glenn Archived October 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "College Football Letters Of Intent". www.chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. February 15, 1990. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Aaron Glenn. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Reed rumbles 108 yards for NFL record | Longest interception returns by team". Pro Football Hall of Fame. November 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "In Glenn They Need". Archived from the original on October 13, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Roster Cuts Include Veteran CB Aaron Glenn". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Glenn headed to Jacksonville". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Saints put CB Glenn on injured reserve with injured ankle". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "Glenn signs with 1-day deal with Texans". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Aaron Glenn Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Aaron Glenn returns to Jets as a scout". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Shook, Nick (January 19, 2021). "Aaron Glenn set to leave Saints to join Lions as defensive coordinator". www.nfl.com. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  15. ^ Lions, Detroit (January 23, 2021). "Lions hire Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator". www.detroitlions.com. Retrieved January 23, 2021.