ESPN says that Aaron Glenn is a "strong candidate" to be next Titans head coach

Could the Lions DC become the next head coach of the Titans?
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The Tennessee Titans surprised a lot of people when they decided to part ways with Mike Vrabel after six years together. Vrabel led the Titans to four winning seasons and an AFC Championship Game during his time in Nashville but that era is now officially in the books.

With Vrabel onto the next chapter of his coaching career, who will be the next head coach of the Titans? Dan Graziano of ESPN predicts that it'll be Detroit Lions defensive coordinator, Aaron Glenn.

" I've been told by a couple of people close to this situation to keep an eye on Glenn as a strong candidate. The Titans are casting a wide and diverse net, and this is one of the tougher ones to call at this point, but Glenn has appeal as a former player, as a part of what Dan Campbell has built in Detroit and as the coordinator who graded out the best of any on either side of the ball in a recent NFLPA poll of players. He will get a head-coaching job sooner rather than later, and he could be the guy the Titans pick to work with GM Ran Carthon on their rebuild."

Dan Graziano

Aaron Glenn linked to Titans head coaching job

Glenn has experience in the NFL as a long-time player and as a coordinator. As a player, he spent 15 years in the NFL as a cornerback, spending eight of those 15 years with the Jets. He also played with the Texans, Cowboys, Jaguars, and Saints before turning his attention to coaching after retiring from the league.

He got his coaching career started in the NFL in 2014, serving as the Browns' assistant defensive backs coach, a role he held for two years. In 2016, Glenn was hired by the New Orleans Saints as their defensive backs coach until he was hired away by the Lions in 2021 to be their defensive coordinator.

The Lions defense has improved every year under Glenn's tutelage and as a former player, he knows how to relate to the guys on his team. Glenn has yet to be a head coach in the NFL but the Titans took a chance on Vrabel, someone who also hadn't been an NFL coach, and he took a struggling Titans team and made them relevant for a few years. Perhaps Glenn can do the same?

The Titans are an appealing team because they're in a winnable division and Will Levis looked like he could be a solid quarterback. The defense also has plenty of talented stars that Glenn would probably love to have at his disposal. If this is the move the Titans make, Glenn has been apart of a winning culture in Detroit and can hopefully bring that culture with him to Nashville.