Arizona Cardinals fans deserve a whole lot better than Aaron Glenn
By Jim Koch
The good vibes put forth by Monti Ossenfort would go by the wayside if the Arizona Cardinals GM hires the wrong head coach.
This past Tuesday, Monti Ossenfort was introduced as the new general manager of the Arizona Cardinals. The 44-year-old had answers for all of the questions thrown his way, and many Cards followers were impressed by what they saw.
All of that optimism could go straight out the window if Ossenfort fails to find a head coach who can get the floundering Cardinals back to respectability. The team is fresh off of one of the worst campaigns in franchise history, and Ossenfort can ill afford to supply Arizona with an individual who’s not up to that enormous challenge.
That leads us to Aaron Glenn, the coaching candidate who is scheduled to interview with the Cards this coming Saturday. For the past two seasons, the 50-year-old Glenn has served as the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. What has the former NFL cornerback accomplished as an assistant that qualifies him for such a highly-coveted promotion?
Interview with Aaron Glenn is a head-scratcher for the Arizona Cardinals
In all honesty, the fact that Ossenfort is even considering the underwhelming Glenn for the Cardinals head coaching position is a huge red flag. It’s a bit scary to think that the new GM is showing interest in a coordinator who has presided over what’s been an awful Lions defensive unit for the past couple of campaigns.
Glenn got his shot with Detroit two years ago when head coach Dan Campbell brought him to the “Motor City” to run the defense. The results have been unimpressive, to say the least.
In 2021, Glenn’s group ranked 29th in the league in total defense. The Lions also yielded a whopping 27.5 points per game, with only the New York Jets (29.6) allowing more that season.
This past fall, Glenn’s unit was almost as bad as it was in ’21. Detroit ranked 28th overall, and gave up a hefty 25.1 points per matchup. Top-notch performances out of players such as Aidan Hutchinson, Jeff Okudah, Alex Anzalone and Kerby Joseph went to waste in Glenn’s ineffective system.
It’s maddening that Ossenfort hasn’t scheduled a meeting with a proven winner like Sean Payton. The pursuit of nearly all of the other candidates just feels like a waste of time. One thing’s for certain, Ossenfort won’t win any points with the Arizona fanbase if Glenn turns out to be his choice.
(Statistics provided by ESPN.com)
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