Saints Defensive Backs coach Aaron Glenn, the former 3x All-Pro and 3x Pro Bowler who played for five NFL teams (including New Orleans), is being considered to replace current Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia with him being expected to leave for the Detroit Lions.
After Glenn’s career in the league ended as a player, he re-joined the league as a Personnel Scout with the New York Jets for two years before being picked up by the Cleveland Browns as their Asst. Defensive Backs coach. In 2016, New Orleans brought him back to the big easy hiring him as the Defensive Backs coach and he is seen as instrumental in helping turn around a Saints defense that was historically bad.
The report by Ian Rapoport lists Glenn’s name, along with Brian Flores, as the two favorites for the DC position. Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick coached Glenn during his time as the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets (1997-1999).
The #Patriots will have to replace DC Matt Patricia, as he leaves for the #Lions. Two names that'll be considered: LBs coach Brian Flores (the favorite, up for the #AZCardinals job) and #Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn, who Bill Belichick coached in the past.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2018
Glenn’s coaching, as well as an infusion of young talent, formed one of the better secondaries in the NFL with players like Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Williams, Ken Crawley and Vonn Bell all seeing significant time as starters while having less experience than most teams at those positions.
Another former player in Leigh Torrence is also helping New Orleans with the secondary as a defensive assistant. His name might be considered for promotion if Glenn were to leave.