Aaron Glenn is another former Saints player who went onto coaching and has now rejoined the Saints as their new secondary coach replacing Wesley McGriff who left as Auburn’s defensive coordinator. Glenn, originally drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1994 draft, played in the NFL for 15 years. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time All-Pro.
From the Jets, he migrated to the Texans, Cowboys, Jaguars and ended his career as a Saint. His stint with the Cowboys re-united him with Bill Parcells. His signing today re-unites him with Sean Payton as well.
His coaching career is an unusual one. In 2012, he was the general manager of the Houston Stallions of the indoor Texas Lone Star Football league. He then became a scout for the Jets and was eventually hired as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns. It is assumed he will be under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Dennis Allen whose expertise lies in the secondary.
Aaron Glenn as a Player
As a player he has quite an impressive pedigree as evidenced by his wikipedia page.
Glenn was acquired by the Houston Texans through the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft. He would then spend three seasons with the Texans before his release after the 2004 season. He and teammate Gary Walker became the first Texans to reach the NFL Pro Bowl in 2002. He was released because of salary cap reasons on April 26, 2005.
Glenn signed with the Dallas Cowboys before the 2005 season reuniting him with Bill Parcells, who was his head coach with the New York Jets. Coming in as a 33 year old free agent, he surprised observers with his high level of play. Although he was projected to be involved only on the nickel defense, he started 7 games in place of an injured Anthony Henry and recorded 4 interceptions (led the team).
The next year he played in 16 games (1 start) and was used mostly on the nickel defense, registering 20 tackles with one interception. In 2007, Wade Phillips was hired as the new head coach and released Glenn on September 1.
Glenn played for the Jaguars in the 2007 season. He played in 5 games (4 starts) and was declared inactive for 11 regular season games and 2 playoff games.
New Orleans Saints
Glenn signed with the New Orleans Saints on April 7, 2008. He injured his ankle during the second game of the season, which limited his playing time until being placed on the injured reserve list on November 27.