With Todd Grantham now off the table, the Bengals are turning their focus back to NFL assistants to become the team’s next defensive coordinator.
I'm told the #Bengals communicated this morning, & Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn has now been informed, that Cincinnati would like to follow through on interest to now interview Glenn for their vacant defensive coordinator position, per source.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 14, 2019
Glenn helped develop what was a strong Saints secondary in 2017, which featured Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore. However, his unit took a big step back this past season, as New Orleans finished 29th in passing defense.
After a long playing career from 1994-2008, Glenn first broke into the coaching rankings with the Browns as an assistant defensive backs coach from 2014–2015. He then became the Saints’ secondary coach in 2016 and has held that title ever since.
His first season was one to forget, as the Saints finished dead last in passing defense and had just nine interceptions, which was tied for the fifth-fewest in the league.
In 2017, the Saints grabbed 20 picks, the third-most in the NFL, and finished 15th in passing defense.
The Saints grabbed 12 interceptions this past season, tied with the Bengals for the 18th-most.
I’d expect the Bengals to kick the tires on another candidate at some point, though they need to have someone hired by Feb. 26, the start of the NFL Scouting Combine.