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The New York Jets surprisingly interviewed longtime CB Aaron Glenn for their head coach opening. Is he a realistic option?

The Jets’ all-time franchise leader in games started at the cornerback position? That would be Aaron Glenn, who played 121 games for the Jets from 1994-2001, starting 120 of them.

Nineteen years after donning a Jets uniform for the final time in a 38-24 Wild Card round loss to the Raiders, Glenn is being interviewed by New York for its vacant head coaching position.

Glenn, 48, currently serves as the secondary coach for the New Orleans Saints, a role he has held since 2016. Over that time, New Orleans has developed fantastic young defensive backs such as Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Williams, and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

To see Glenn’s name in the head coaching mix was a shock to many Jets fans. Merely a position coach with no experience as a coordinator or play-caller in any way, it seems very early for him to jump all the way up to a head coaching role.

Some coaches have made it work – Green Bay quarterbacks coach Andy Reid and Tampa Bay defensive backs coach Herman Edwards come to mind – but it certainly seems like a massive risk for a team like the Jets that desperately needs to nail this hire.

It also seems possible that the Jets are bringing Glenn in to explore hiring him as a defensive coordinator if they go in another direction at head coach.

Why is Glenn being considered by the Jets to make such a big leap? Could it actually happen? How did he earn so much respect from the league from his lower-level coaching position?

In order to find out more about what Glenn has been up to in New Orleans and whether or not he is ready to become a head coach, Ben Blessington and Michael Nania spoke to John Hendrix of Saints News at Sports Illustrated, who dives deep into the details behind Glenn’s resume.

***Warning: NSFW language used in limited spots. 

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Michael Nania is one of the best analytical New York Jets minds in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at]jetsxfactor.com - Twitter: @Michael_Nania
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