Aaron Glenn

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
13 104-90-1 53.59% 5-5 50.00%


Career Summary

Aaron Glenn is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions since 2021. During this time period, the Lions compiled a 24-26-1 record.

Playing Career

Glenn played cornerback while at college. He was drafted in the first round with the twelfth pick in the 1994 draft to play defensive back for the Jets.

Personal Information

Glenn was born on Sunday, July 16, 1972 in Humble, Texas.

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Playing Career


Navarro College

Glenn began his collegiate career at Navarro College in 1990. After two stellar years in which Glenn earned Junior College All-American status, Glenn transferred to Texas A&M to complete his college playing career.

Texas A&M

Glenn played college football for Texas A&M University from 1992-1993. He continued earning awards during his time with the Aggies, winning the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year (1992) and consensus first team All-American in 1993. After his college career, he was drafted in the first round by the New York Jets.

Professional Football

New York Jets

Glenn began his playing career with the New York Jets in 1994. Glenn had several successful seasons during his time with the Jets, earning All-Pro honors twice with the team (1997-1998). However, after the 2001 season, he was acquired by the latest expansion team (Houston Texans) in the 2002 Expansion Draft.

Houston Texans

After being acquired by the Texans, along with Jets teammates Marcus Coleman and Ryan Young, Glenn was the most tenured member of the fledging organization. In addition to most tenured, he was also the first All-Pro in the Texans' history after the 2002 season. However, after the 2004 season he was released by the Texans.

Dallas Cowboys

After his tenure with the Texans, he was reunited with his former Jets head coach Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys. However, he would not be the same player as he was with the Jets. During his two seasons with the Cowboys, he would play in all 32 games, but start only 16 of them.

Jacksonville Jaguars

After two seasons with the Cowboys, Glenn was signed in 2007 by the Jacksonville Jaguars to provide depth in their secondary. During the season, he only played in five games, starting four as the Jaguars finished 11-5 and earned a wildcard berth in the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints

After his season with the Jaguars, he signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints for the 2008 season. While he was added to provide depth, he was unable to finish the season healthy. He injured his ankle during the second week of the season and reinjured his ankle and didn't play after Week 10. After his season with the Saints, he would retire from professional football.

Front Office Career

Houston Stallions

After sitting out a few seasons from football, he returned to professional football in the Lone Star Football League with the Houston Stallions. He was the General Manager for the 2012 season. While the team started 7-0, the team suspended operations during the season.

New York Jets

After his short stint with the Stallions, Glenn returned to the NFL as a Pro-Personnel Scout for the New York Jets for the 2012 season. After one season in this role, he moved to a position as a college area scout for the team. Glenn's areas that he focused on were the Rocky Mountain and Southwest areas.

Coaching Career

Cleveland Browns

When Jets Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine was hired as Head Coach for the Cleveland Browns, Glenn accepted an assistant defensive backs coaching position with the team for the 2014 season. While the team started off the season strong, the team faded down the stretch and ended with a five-game losing streak to finish 7-9.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2024 Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator 0-0-0 0-0
2023 Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator 12-5-0 2-1
2022 Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator 9-8-0 0-0
2021 Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator 3-13-1 0-0
2020 New Orleans Saints Secondary Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2019 New Orleans Saints Secondary Coach 13-3-0 0-1
2018 New Orleans Saints Secondary Coach 13-3-0 1-1
2017 New Orleans Saints Secondary Coach 11-5-0 1-1
2016 New Orleans Saints Defensive Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2015 Cleveland Browns Assistant Secondary Coach-Cornerbacks 3-13-0 0-0
2014 Cleveland Browns Assistant Defensive Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2013 New York Jets College Area Scout 8-8-0 0-0
2012 New York Jets Personnel Scout 6-10-0 0-0

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