The New York Jets have requested permission to interview New Orleans Saints defensive back coach Aaron Glenn for their head-coaching job.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2021
The news comes a day after the Jets wrapped up their interview with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Glenn, 48, has been in his current role—Saints secondary coach—since the 2016 season. He’s been on the executive side of the NFL since his start with the Jets in 2012 as a personnel scout.
Although the Jets gave Glenn his start on the executive side eight years ago, fans remember him for his play on the field. Drafted 12th overall in 1994, the Texas A&M product came out as an exciting cornerback and return prospect. His return abilities never came to fruition as a pro, but Glenn played an excellent cornerback for eight years.
Glenn started 15 games as a rookie in 1994. After two more solid seasons, Bill Parcells’s arrival coincided with Glenn’s first Pro Bowl nod in 1997. That year, Glenn tallied an interception and 65 total tackles.
A year later, Glenn picked up six interceptions and 48 tackles in 13 games played. Despite a rough game against Joey Galloway and the Seattle Seahawks late in the year, Glenn helped the Jets to the AFC championship game. (Glenn left the Seattle game via injury but ultimately returned to play in both playoff games.)
In 2002, the Jets lost Glenn, along with fellow cornerback Marcus Coleman and offensive lineman Ryan Young, to the Houston Texans in the expansion draft. Glenn would go on to play two seasons in Houston and another two with the Dallas Cowboys.
His name has been mentioned as a rising head-coaching candidate in the NFL. Next up will be the Saints’ response to the request, and hopefully, an interview with the Jets. Aaron Glenn probably remains the No. 2 cornerback in Jets’ history, behind only Darrelle Revis.
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