With 2 NFL head coaching jobs still open, Detroit Lions could lose DC Aaron Glenn

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn is still in the mix to become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

Glenn will interview with the Colts a second time on Thursday, CBS Sports reported, becoming the eighth known candidate to get a second interview for the job.

In his second season with the Lions, Glenn is a finalist for both of the remaining head coaching vacancies in the NFL, with the Colts and Arizona Cardinals. NFL Network previously reported Glenn is one of several candidates in line to get a second interview in Arizona.

Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn watches warm up during minicamp in Allen Park on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn watches warm up during minicamp in Allen Park on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

The Lions finished last in the NFL in total defense and tied for 28th in points allowed this season, but the unit showed significant improvement in the second half of the year, after Glenn oversaw bye week changes to scheme and personnel.

The Lions held six of their final 10 opponents to 18 points or less, winning eight of those games to finish 9-8 after a 1-6 start.

Glenn is considered a strong leader who is well-liked by players. He played 15 NFL seasons with five teams and was selected to three Pro Bowls.

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Last year, Glenn interviewed for head coaching jobs with the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos, and was considered to be the runner-up to Dennis Allen in New Orleans. He had a virtual interview with the Colts in early January.

Glenn is one of four defensive coordinators to get a second interview in Indianapolis, along with the Denver Broncos' Ejiro Evero, the Los Angeles Rams' Raheem Morris and the New York Giants' Wink Martindale. Interim Colts coach Jeff Saturday, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, Green Bay Packers special teams coordiantor Rich Bisaccia and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan also have interviewed twice, or are scheduled for a second interview, according to various reports.

Callahan is a former Lions assistant, while Steichen cannot be hired until after next week's Super Bowl.

If Glenn lands a job, he will be the first Lions assistant to go directly to head coach of another team since Chuck Knox in 1973.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Lions DC Aaron Glenn gets second interview with Indianapolis Colts