One Commanders player to benefit most from each head coaching candidate

The incoming appointment has big implications for Washington's players.

Aaron Glenn
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Commanders could hire Aaron Glenn

  • Player to benefit most: Quan Martin (S)

Current Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn lasted 15 seasons as an undersized cornerback because he was very smart and very tough. During that time, he played on the perimeter and in the slot.

If you add in what he did in those first five years, Glenn defended as many passes as the likes of Stephon Gilmore and Joe Haden.

Glenn has been coaching defenses in the NFL for the past 10 seasons. The respected figure has helped turn around a very poor Lions defense in a few short years. In 2022, he guided Kerby Joseph to the all-rookie team.

Joseph was a safety, picked in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Quan Martin has been the best rookie in the Commanders 2023 class. If Kamren Curl and Kendall Fuller are not re-signed, the second-rounder will immediately step into a leadership role next year.

Even if one or both of the veterans return, Martin - who did a little bit of everything for Washington’s secondary in 2023 - will be asked to do a lot more in his second year. Who better to guide him through that than Glenn, who has done it himself, both on the field and on the sidelines?