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2024 NFL coaching carousel: Tracking rumors, interviews of Detroit Lions coordinators

Detroit Lions coordinators Aaron Glenn and Ben Johnson are hot candidates in the 2024 NFL coaching carousel. We’re tracking all the interviews here.

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The 2024 NFL coaching carousel is underway, and it already appears Detroit Lions coordinators will be hot commodities this year. The Lions are no stranger to having coveted coaches, as both offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn have interviewed for head coaching jobs in the past.

On Black Monday, the Lions coordinators have already received multiple requests for interviews, and that’s likely to continue throughout the process. It’s worth noting, though, that the coordinators cannot even do a virtual interview until at least three days after the Wild Card round of the playoffs. In-person interviews cannot be conducted until after the Divisional Round.

We’re going to keep track of all the interview requests, conducted interviews, and hires right here. We’ll not only track the Lions interviews but the other candidates who are up for the same job.

Here’s a look at what we know right now:


New hires:

Terrell Williams — DL coach + run game coordinator

Deshea Townsend — CB coach + (defensive) pass game coordinator

Coaches/executives lost

Coaches not retained

  • TBD

By coach:

Aaron Glenn — Set to return!

Interviews scheduled:

Ben Johnson — BEN JOHNSON IS RETURNING TO THE LIONS IN 2024

Interviews scheduled:

Other teams interested:

  • Titans

WR coach Antwaan Randle El

Interviews:

  • Buccaneers OC job (COMPLETED) — Hired Kentucky OC Liam Coen

Pass game coordinator Tanner Engstrand

Interviews:

  • Patriots OC job (COMPLETED) — Patriots hired Alex Van Pelt
  • Buccaneers OC job (EXPECTED) — Hired Kentucky OC Liam Coen
  • Seahawks OC job (requested) — Hired Ryan Grubb

By team:

Commanders — Hiring Cowboys DC Dan Quinn

Aaron Glenn: INTERVIEWED (1/19)In-person interview expected, (Confirmed for 1/30)
Ben Johnson: INTERVIEWED (1/20) — (Report: Johnson is the “top” target) — In-person interview expected, (Confirmed for 1/30)

Other candidates:

  • Interviewed: Ravens DL coach Anthony Weaver (2x), Ravens DC Mike Macdonald (2x), Cowboys DC Dan Quinn (second interview scheduled 1/30), Texans OC Bobby Slowik (2x), Commanders OC Eric Bieniemy, Rams DC Raheem Morris,

Seahawks— Hiring Ravens DC Mike Macdonald

Aaron Glenn: N/A
Ben Johnson: Interviewed (1/20), Second interview scheduled (1/29)

Other candidates:

  • Interviewed: Panthers DC Ejiro Evero (2x), Dallas DC Dan Quinn (2x), Giants OC Mike Kafka (2x), Raiders DC Patrick Graham (2x), Dolphins OC Frank Smith, Texans OC Bobby Slowik, Rams DC Raheem Morris
  • Scheduled: Ravens DC Mike Macdonald (1/30)

Falcons — Hiring Rams DC Raheem Morris

Aaron Glenn: INTERVIEW COMPLETED (1/19) — In-person interview requested
Ben Johnson: INTERVIEW COMPLETED (1/21) In-person interview requested

Other candidates:

  • Interviewed: Ravens OC Mike Macdonald, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Former Patriots HC Bill Belichick (INTERVIEWED TWICE), Eagles OC Brian Johnson, Ravens AHC/DL Anthony Weaver, Panthers DC DC Ejiro Evero, 49ers DC Steve Wilks, Bengals OC Brian Callahan,
  • Requested: Rams DC Raheem Morris, Texans OC Bobby Slowik, Former Titans HC Mike Vrabel, Bills OC/QB coach Joe Brady

Panthers — Hiring Bucs OC Dave Canales

Aaron Glenn: N/A
Ben Johnson: INTERVIEWED 1/19

Other candidates:

  • Interviewed: Ravens OC Todd Monken, Ravens DC Mike Macdonald, Panthers DC Ejiro Evero, Panthers interim HC Chris Tabor, Rams DC Raheem Morris, Buccaneers OC Dave Canales, Texans OC Bobby Slowik, Bengals OC Brian Callahan, Cowboys DC Dan Quinn, Dolphins OC Frank Smith
  • Requested: Eagles OC Brian Johnson

Titans — Hiring Bengals OC Brian Callahan

Aaron Glenn: INTERVIEWED 1/19
Ben Johnson: Requested
Other candidates:

  • Interviewed: Giants OC Mike Kafka, Bengals OC Brian Callahan, Panthers OC Thomas Brown, Cowboys DC Dan Quinn, Raiders interim HC Antonio Pierce, Ravens OC Mike Macdonald
  • Requested: Eagles OC Brian Johnson, Texans OC Bobby Slowik

Chargers — Hiring Jim Harbaugh

Aaron Glenn: INTERVIEWED 1/20
Ben Johnson: INTERVIEWED 1/20

Other candidates:

  • Interviewed: Ravens OC Todd Monken, Chargers interim HC Giff Smith, 49ers DC Steve Wilks, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Cowboys DC Dan Quinn, Former Titans HC Mike Vrabel, former Stanford HC David Shaw, Bengals OC Brian Callahan, former Bills DC Leslie Frazier, Ravens DC Mike Macdonald, Raiders DC Patrick Graham, Chargers OC Kellen Moore,
  • Requested: Rams DC Raheem Morris

Other jobs: Patriots (hired Jerod Mayo), Raiders (hiring Antonio Pierce)


OC Jobs

Tanner Engstrand

  • Expected to interview with Patriots — Patriots hired Alex Van Pelt
  • Other Patriots OC candidates: Panthers OC Thomas Brown, Texans QB coach Jerrod Johnson, Rams TE coach Nick Caley, Rams QB coach Zac Robinson, Bengals OC Dan Pitcher, and Seahawks OC Shane Waldron
  • Expected to interview with Buccaneers — Hired Kentucky OC Liam Coen
  • Other Bucs OC candidates: Lions WR coach Antwaan Randle El, Texans QB coach Jerrod Johnson, former Browns OC Alex Van Pelt, Rams pass game specialist Jake Peetz, former Eagles OC Brian Johnson, Bucs QB coach Thad Lewis, former Bills OC Ken Dorsey, Former Chargers OC Kellen Moore, Rams QB coach Zac Robinson
  • Requested to interview with Seahawks — Hired Alabama OC Ryan Grubb
  • Other Seahawks OC candidates — Alabama OC Ryan Grubb

Antwaan Randle El


GM jobs

Panthers

Lions’ COO Mike Disner: RequestedOur story

Mike Disner removed himself from consideration for the Panthers GM job, and will return to Detroit in 2024

Other candidates: Giants assistant GM Brandon Brown, Bucs assistant GM Mike Greenberg, Chiefs VP of football operations Brandt Tilis, Eagles assistant GM Alec Halaby, Saints assistant GM Khai Harley, Ravens VP of football administration Nick Matteo, Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds, Raiders interim GM Champ Kelly (source)

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