Aaron Glenn and Ben Johnson talk about head coaching interest they're getting
The Lions last lost a coordinator to a head coaching job in 1973. This year, they might lose two. Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn are at five and four interview requests respectively as of Thursday afternoon, with three teams (Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons) submitting interview requests for both of them.
Johnson and Glenn each had their usual weekly press conferences on Thursday. The interest their getting from teams with head coaching openings was an automatic topic each had to address.
Glenn said he will take all four interview requests he has had come, but he's naturally focused on the task of preparing to defend the Rams' offense.
“It’s awesome, quite an honor,” Johnson said. “But I honestly haven’t thought about it beyond anything that’s going on this week.”
In-person head coaching interviews can't occur for Johnson and Glenn until after the Divisional Round of the playoffs, with virtual interviews permitted next week after the Wild Card Round. Their sentiment about being focused on this week's task is not surprising, but the process that may yield one or both of them leaving the Lions is looming.