There is some considerable heat on Defensive Coordinator Aaron Glenn after Sunday’s loss.
The Detroit Lions have now picked up their third loss of the season in just week 4. They fell to the Seattle Seahawks in an offense shootout, 48 to 45.
The Lions were without nearly their entire starting lineup on offense because of injury, but it was the defense that cost them the game. Dan Campbell spoke about the performance at the post-game press conference.
“Not a real good performance, which falls on me. That was a – we weren’t real sharp, it wasn’t real clean, we had penalties, we had turnovers, one of those was for seven points which was the difference in the game. And then, defensively, man, we weren’t good.”
Campbell said he and Defensive Coordinator Aaron Glenn were going to look at everything from top to bottom. He included they would make any changes that felt would be best for the team, leaving only one question: Will Dan Campbell move off of AG?
When asked if his evaluation would include looking at specific coaches, he responded with, “I’m going to look at everything.”
Dan Campbell showing loyalty to Aaron Glenn
Last season, Dan Campbell took over play-calling duties from Anthony Lynn, and it was a turning point for the Detroit Lions. While that could be a possibility this season on defense, Campbell doesn’t want to point fingers.
“Look, AG’s a damn good coach, alright? And this is – here’s what – this is the same thing I told the team, the worst thing we can do is start pointing fingers at each other and, ‘You did this. We didn’t do this. We put up the –.’ We can’t do that, man, we can’t let anybody pull us apart because as dismal as it is right now, we’re not as far away as it feels.”
In the last 10 games, the defense under Aaron Glenn has allowed an average of 31.9 points per game. So far this season, they are averaging 35.9 points per game. Detroit’s combined points and points allowed are the most by any team in the first four games of a season in NFL history.
In Sunday’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, the defense gave up 555 total yards and 5 touchdowns. The Seahawks were able to score in all but one drive. In the first 3 games of the season, Seattle’s Quarterback Geno Smith totaled 14 rushing yards. The Lions’ defense allowed him to rush 49 yards, with 30 in the first half.
“I’ve got a lot of faith in Aaron Glenn. I’ve got a ton of faith in those assistants, and I think it’s just – I think we sit down, and I think we look at everything together. And – because really, I think more than anything maybe it’s time for a deep dive, a real deep dive into it. Players, everything that we’re doing, but I also trust what he’s doing. And there’s a reason why I hired him, and so I want to let him do his job. But certainly, I’m going – I mean, I’ve got to look a lot deeper than I have.”
Earlier in the year, Aaron Glenn was interviewing for head coaching positions. The thought of losing AG was one that terrified Dan Campbell.
“The thought of losing him, I just had this feeling of like, I was going to be walking around without any pants on.”
The Lions will hit the road for their Week 5 matchup against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
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Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter. On Twitter: @madelynvmillerr