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In the wake of Mark Carrier moving on to the Jets, it got me thinking of another secondary coach formerly held in high esteem by the media.


With Carrier going up to be the d-line coach (to position himself for a d-coordinator job, seems like a smart move under Ryan who can show him the ropes and probably does most of the d-line coaching anyway) it looks like the Ravens will just let Pagnano handle the secondary on his own. But what about bringing back a former secondary coach who seemingly did very well here?


This is from wikipedia: "Donnie Henderson (born May 17, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American football coach. He is currently a defense volunteer for the California Redwoods of the United Football League.


Henderson first joined the Jets during the 2004 NFL season. In 2005, the Jets had a second-ranked defense against the pass, but a 32nd-ranked defense against the run, which undoubtedly was one of the factors leading to the team's disappointing 4-12 record (in addition to Chad Pennington and Curtis Martin being absent for most of the season due to injury). Henderson was not kept on after head coach Herman Edwards was replaced by Eric Mangini following the season.


Henderson soon accepted the defensive coordinator position for the Detroit Lions and new head coach, Rod Marinelli. The Lions went 3-13 in 2006 and finished the season ranked 27th out of 32 in total defense. Henderson was fired from his position on January 2, 2007.".


It seems like his star has crashed and burned, does anyone on the board have any insights as to why? There seems to be more here than the media is willing to report.

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Update from the Sun:


"Cardinals: Arizona announced the hiring of former Ravens assistant Donnie Henderson as their new defensive backs coach.


Henderson has 26 years of coaching experience, including nine as an NFL assistant with the Jaguars (2008), Lions (2006), Jets (2004-05) and Ravens (1999-2003)."


Good for him.

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