Saints Defensive Backs coach Aaron Glenn, the former 3x All-Pro and 3x Pro Bowler who played for five NFL teams (including New Orleans), is being considered to replace current Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia with him being expected to leave for the Detroit Lions.
After Glenn’s career in the league ended as a player, he re-joined the league as a Personnel Scout with the New York Jets for two years before being picked up by the Cleveland Browns as their Asst. Defensive Backs coach. In 2016, New Orleans brought him back to the big easy hiring him as the Defensive Backs coach and he is seen as instrumental in helping turn around a Saints defense that was historically bad.
The report by Ian Rapoport lists Glenn’s name, along with Brian Flores, as the two favorites for the DC position.
It’s going to be hard damn near impossible for Sunday’s slate of games to eclipse just how great the Divisional Round was last week. The Jaguars’ moxie on the road against the Steelers, the rare defensive battle that is actually a treat to watch happened in Philadelphia-Atlanta, and the primetime matchup between the Saints and the Vikings will be a staple of any highlight reel until the end of all highlight reels.
The Patriots made short work of a hapless Titans team that was dying for a reason to part ways with their head coach, but since that game wrapped up, the buzz around league is all about the throwing hand of Tom Brady.
Championship weekend is finally upon us. By the end of the day, the two teams playing in Super Bowl 52 will be finalized. On the AFC side, the Jacksonville Jaguars are set to travel to New England to face the Patriots. On the NFC side, the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are coming off of a dominating 35-14 win over the Tennessee Titans in the divisional-round. The Patriots scored 35 unanswered points in that win and their offense, as usual, looked impressive. Not to mention, their inconsistent defense was able to limit Tennessee’s potent rushing attack. New England’s defense is seemingly in the bottom half of the league in almost every defensive statistic this season.
We have finally gotten to the nitty gritty in both the AFC and NFC. With so much of this final four that we have before us the storylines are many, whether it be the quarterback lineup we’ll see, the quality defense we should expect or the threesome of teams who have had long absences from the championship round while the other has now been at least to the Conference Championship for seven consecutive seasons.
The average time away from this round for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles is a whopping 11.7 years with the most recent being the Vikings being there 8 years ago in 2009. Naturally, the Jaguars 18-year hiatus – if you want to be kind – is the longest by far as the Eagles were able to battle to make the Super Bowl in 2008.