The Detroit Lions pulled off an incredible upset win against the Green Bay Packers defeating them 15-9. As many fans know, the defense this season has had its struggles, ranking 25th in the league amongst all defenses. Earlier in the week, the Lions fired defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant, a friend, co-worker, and someone Glenn personally endorsed. There is no doubt that Glenn felt responsible for Pleasant’s firing because of the defensive struggles – particularly in the secondary – that led to Pleasant’s dismissal. Aaron Glenn said during a press conference with the media, “As the coordinator, I always point a finger at myself because at the end of the day how the defense performs, that’s on me.”
Several days later, the Lions’ upset victory over Green Bay Packers was undoubtedly due in large part to that same secondary. As a team, the Lions intercepted three passes and batted down nine others from Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, more than doubling their total number of interceptions for the season.
After the game, Head Coach Dan Campbell spoke to the team and even gave Glenn the game ball. During his locker room speech Campbell said, “This game ball goes to a man who’s grinding this thing out day in, day out, “Everything it takes, man. Heart and soul, for us and for you. Defense, that’s a hell of a job. That’s a hell of a job! That’s how you play defense! Aaron Glenn!” After receiving the game ball the team (mostly the defense) chanted “A.G., A.G., A.G.” For a coach who has faced a lot of criticism, the amount of trust and respect he gets not only from the coaching staff, but the players as well was a beautiful site to see. It was an emotional moment for Glenn. As he addressed the team afterwards, he was on the verge of tears saying, “That was the best thing in the world, man. It’s the best thing in the world, man. When I left this game, man, this is what I missed, cause man, I live through you. I promise you I do. That’s why the coaches, that’s why we do what we do, man. For you guys, to live through you.”
The Lions take on another division foe the Chicago Bears on the road, Lets hope the defensive and Aaron Glenn can continue to play as they did on Sunday.