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Detroit Lions officially hire Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator

Pen to paper. It’s done.

New Orleans Saints v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions have officially made their first coaching hire under new head coach Dan Campbell. The team announced on Saturday evening that former Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn is now the team’s defensive coordinator.

We’ve talked about Glenn plenty already and his hiring was pretty much a formality at this point, but it’s worth noting that other teams like the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars were reportedly interested in hiring him as well.

Glenn was an All-Pro NFL cornerback for years before turning his attention to coaching. He first started as a scout for the New York Jets for a few years, then switched over to assistant defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and 2015.

He then moved to the New Orleans Saints—where he finished his playing career—as the team’s defensive backs coach for the past five seasons. There, he overlapped with Campbell.

Glenn is a well-respected coach that even earned himself a head coach interview this cycle. Considering his work with Marshon Lattimore and the rest of the Saints secondary, this should be considered a solid hire for the Lions. Heck, even Lions rookie Jeff Okudah has a working relationship with Glenn already:

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