2. Aaron Glenn, Defensive Coordinator
Issue can at time be taken with Glenn's schematic choices, and at times it's worth wondering if he could get on the field at his age and cover better than some Lions' cornerbacks do. But he has led improvement for a Lions' defense that was among the worst in the league throughout his first year as the coordinator, most notably as Detroit has become a top-tier run defense in the league.
Glenn currently has head coaching interview requests from the Washington Commanders, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans.
Players love playing for Glenn, as was reflected in a recent NFLPA survey asking responders to rank the coordinators they play for. After that vote was released, linebacker Alex Anzalone spoke to Glenn's adaptability (via the Detroit News).
"We went from a 3-4 to a 4-3 structure, adapting to who we have," Anzalone said. "Obviously he has some say in personnel decisions, but he's not the GM. He deals well with the guys he's handed. ... I know he likes to play more match, man (coverage), with lockdown corners. Who doesn't? But this year, we're playing more zone and forcing checkdowns. That's more personnel-based."
Glenn is, quite simply, well-regarded as a leader of men. He has become an annual name on the head coaching interview circuit, and as with Johnson it's only a matter of time before he gets that opportunity. Maybe it's this year.