Saints To Block Bengals From Interviewing Aaron Glenn

It appears another Bengals path toward a potential defensive coordinator hire will close. The Saints are planning to block them from interviewing Aaron Glenn, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

The Bengals requested a meeting with the Saints’ secondary coach earlier on Thursday. This represents the latest in what’s been a series of barriers impeding a Bengals DC hire.

This is the second Saints coach the Bengals have tried to meet with regarding their DC position. The team sought a meeting with Saints DC Dennis Allen, whose previous contract had expired after the 2018 season, but Allen and the Saints agreed on a new contract.

Cincinnati has been connected to other veterans like Dom Capers, Jack Del Rio, Mike Nolan and John Fox. The team moved forward with Capers and Del Rio. Capers turned the Bengals down, and nothing came to fruition with Del Rio. Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham then looked like the pick, but the Gators are keeping him. The Bengals requested meetings with former Falcons DC Marquand Manuel and Texas A&M defensive boss Mike Elko.

The Rams have granted the Bengals permission to meet with cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant, however. Mere permission on this front, which would make Pleasant a first-time coordinator, could be critical given the way this process has unfolded.

A 15-year NFL veteran as a corner, Glenn has been a coach for five seasons — the past three as Saints DC. As long as he is under contract, the Saints can block him from an interview to become a coordinator.

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11 comments on “Saints To Block Bengals From Interviewing Aaron Glenn

  1. goldenmisfit

    I really have a problem with this. This would be a promotion for him but the Saints doing what the Saints always do being complete douche bags are blocking this. Saints are keeping their defensive coordinator so obviously he will not get promoted within this should not be allowed.

    • tank62
      tank62

      I completely agree, plus the league has an issue with a lack of minority coordinators this will not go over well.
      And how is he supposed to go back to work knowing they screwed him out of a promotion opportunity?

      • FromTheCheapSeats

        I don’t like it either, but the Bengals did exactly the same thing to Vance Joseph a couple years ago when he was their DB coach. Karma’s an MF.

        • Smartz1

          Come on people. Let’s not forget he is under contract to the Saints. It is absolutely their prerogative to block the request. It being a promotion is irrelevant. They are making him live up to his original agreement. I see nothing wrong with that. And just so it’s clear, I’m (unfortunately) a Bengals fan. Will it cause them issues attracting other coaches? Maybe, but they obviously feel the risk is worth it to keep him.

    • TJECK109

      He’s under contract, Saints are not breaking any rules. They aren’t screwing him. If anything they are probably doing him a favor.

    • Itrainsontuesday

      Isn’t Aaron Glenn their DC as the article says? So becoming Cindy’s DC would be a lateral move and not a promotion.

      • fieldsj2

        It clearly states Dennis Allen is the Saints DC. The confusion might be because the Bengals also pursued Dennis Allen before re-signed with the Saints.

  2. ENashville

    I wonder why Aubrey Pleasant isn’t getting brought back in? It can’t be experience because A. Glenn has less experience than him.

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