New Cowboys Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson May Bring Swagger Back to Secondary

Fans are excited about the new additions to the secondary in the off season and with good reason. Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne are certainly going to provide upgrades back there in the secondary. But lost in all the player changes is secondary coach Dave Campo being replaced by Jerome Henderson. This change may be under the radar now but it may not be later.

Let’s look at the top 10 cornerbacks last year in allowing the lowest completion percentage, ranked by Pro football focus.                                                           

Rank Name Team TA Rec % Ct
1 Darrelle Revis NYJ 85 35 41.2
2 Ike Taylor PIT 96 40 41.7
3 Brent Grimes ATL 56 25 44.6
4 Chris Gamble CAR 60 27 45.0
5 Sheldon Brown CLV 76 35 46.1
6 Antonio Cromartie NYJ 84 39 46.4
7 Richard Sherman SEA 84 39 46.4
8 Asante Samuel PHI 61 29 47.5
9 Joe Haden CLV 85 42 49.4
10 Brandon Carr KC 79 39 49.4

The first thing that probably jumps out at Cowboys fans is that Brandon Carr was ranked 10th last year with the Chiefs. Got to like the fact that he doesn’t allow many pass completions. Carr should definitely be a difference maker for the Cowboys next year.

But also notice that two CBs in the top 10 (Brown and Haden) played CB for the Browns where Henderson was their secondary coach last year. Can Henderson bring those kind of results to Dallas? I think he will.

Henderson comes in already familiar with Defensive coordinator Ryan’s defense and he also brings an attitude that the Cowboys secondary could use to get their swagger back.

Swagger from Urban dictionary:

A demeanor of confidence, coolness, and togetherness. Someone with Swagger gives of an ora of comfortability with his/her self. Swagger is commonly referred to as Swag or Swagga. Swagger is not to be confused with cockiness. Cockiness is someone thinking they are the shit, but if you have swagger you probably are the shit.

Henderson said recently during OTAs,

 “The mentality we’re going to try to build is that we fight; we scratch, and we claw, no matter what the situation,” he said. “It may not be pretty all the time, and it’s not going to be perfect. But the one thing you know – and this is our expectation, and this is what we’ve been talking about – is this group will play smart, and they will compete, down in and down out.”

That’s just what this secondary needed to do last year but too often it didn’t happen in key parts of the game. Look for Jerome Henderson to be a big difference maker in the Cowboys secondary and defense next year. Expect a new attitude and a secondary that fights for the ball.
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2 thoughts on “New Cowboys Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson May Bring Swagger Back to Secondary

  1. Good point…Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson will soon make everyone forget about the dark years with Dave Campo (Dave Who?) Henderson is a proven coach who brings both experience & attitude–and, like you say, is familiar with Rob Ryan’s defense.

    So now the Cowboys have the whole package in the secondary–with CBs Brandon Carr & Mo Claiborne and a coach who has already proven he knows how to get the best out of them. So what used to be a weak area should now become a strength on this team–and, if they “fight, scratch and claw” and compete on every play, they should get the results that get that swagger back!

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