The Detroit Lions organization is overhauling their coaching staff with New Orleans Saints assistant coaches Dan Campbell and Aaron Glenn.
Recent reports say New Orleans' assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell will become the Lions' head coach. Campbell recruited the Saints secondary coach, Aaron Glenn, to accompany him in Detroit as the team's defensive coordinator.
In his 21 NFL years and fifth season in New Orleans, Campbell has worked with Ben Watson, Jared Cook, and Josh Hill. Hill's style of play and blocking ability patterns how Campbell played in his NFL days. He also served as six seasons in Miami and became their interim head coach for 12 games in 2016.
Glenn interviewed for the New York Jets' head coaching position before the Jets selected former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The former NFL player and served as a secondary coach for New Orleans for five seasons. The development of defensive backs Marshon Lattimore, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and Marcus Williams have been credited to Glenn.
New Orleans' assistant general manager Terry Fontenot was officially introduced as the Atlanta Falcons' general manager today by owner Arthur Blank.
Outstanding defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen was close to accepting an offer from LSU to become the school's defensive coordinator. However, the Saints promoted Nielsen to Dan Campbell's old position as their assistant head coach to fend off the LSU hire.
Assistant general manager Jeff Ireland was a candidate for the Lions' general manager's job before hiring Los Angeles Rams scouting director Brad Holmes.
New Orleans may still have more turnover ahead in their coaching rooms. Later this week, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will interview for the Philadelphia Eagles opened head coaching position. It's rumored that running backs coach Joel Thomas, wide receivers coach Ronald Curry, linebackers coach Michael Hodges, and quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi may be on the radar of NFL teams for hires.