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John Henderson Responds To Del Rio

Earlier this week, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called out defensive tackle John Henderson for missing offseason workouts due to minor shoulder injury.
On Thursday, Henderson responded.
I was a little upset, but we talked about it and everything is all right,” Henderson said, per the Associated Press.  “We talked like men.  I let him know about the shoulder.  He saw the X-rays.  He was good on it.  We’re both good and we’re getting back to work.”
Del Rio also elaborated on the situation.
I said what I said, feel what I feel, and conveyed that privately, along with the discussion that went outward publicly,” Del Rio said, according to the Florida Times-Union.  “We’re going to push, prod, demand, and expect every single person to be fully committed.  I’ve always been a demanding guy.  I’ll continue to be a demanding guy.  I know what I want for this football team.  I know what I believe in, and I’m going to fight to get it.  I expect our team to work, that’s all.  That’s clear.  I laid it out there for everybody and there will be no exceptions.”
Del Rio also said that Henderson “bought into” the the head coach’s program, and that Henderson “indicated [that] to me a half-hour, [or] an hour after I blew up [Tuesday].”
And so Del Rio’s rant is justified — even if he’s not supposed to say anything to suggest that attendance and participation in offseason workouts is anything other than voluntary.

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16 Responses to “John Henderson Responds To Del Rio”
  1. gameday says: Jun 5, 2009 10:52 AM

    Kudos to Del Rio. More coaches should call out their overpaid,overpussified players.
    They want their millions, but if they get a scratch then they are to hurt to practice.
    Talented players are coddled too much from high school thru college and dont have the work ethic of old school players.

  2. empty13 says: Jun 5, 2009 11:12 AM

    Maybe jack told him they could finish 5-11 without him too.
    Git’r’done

  3. TheR-illest says: Jun 5, 2009 11:14 AM

    As much as I would like this to be the end of the whole thing, we all know……it is not over!!!

  4. gtskyrider says: Jun 5, 2009 11:26 AM

    Why should you have the work ethic of old school players when you’re more knowledgeable about the business end of the game. It’s not just a game anymore man…it’s a business and players are out to get paid, as is the owners, and anyone else who has a stake in the matter! The game is more about balance now (business/playing/longevity).

  5. rusH1023 says: Jun 5, 2009 11:29 AM

    Very ignorant speculation gameday. You don’t have any idea what that guy is dealing with. Everyone calls out players for being pussies, but the truth is, you don’t know what is really going on. On the Patriots last year, everyone thought Maroney was a wuss for not lowering his shoulder on the few plays he was in on before he went on IR. Turns out (as we found out this year), he had a broken shoulder-blade. Pff. Plus, Del Rio is a dumbass. He refers to ‘back when he played and the players were tough’. No one even knew who he was. Just stfu Del Rio.

  6. gameday says: Jun 5, 2009 11:36 AM

    if its only about business, then why do so many players give the reason of “I want to play for a contender” or “I want the chance to get a Super Bowl ring” when changing teams?
    Players are paid to play and perform to the best of their abilities, they are not paid to do their job half-ass.
    If you knew how businesses are run, then you would know that as an employer you expect your employees to give a fairs day work for fair days pay, and not expect them to do their job lazily just so they can stick around for a few years longer. You dont overpay for labor and get underperformance in return, cause in the REAL business world, that worker would be looking for another job very quickly!

  7. gameday says: Jun 5, 2009 11:41 AM

    rusH1023 says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 11:29 am
    Very ignorant speculation gameday. You don’t have any idea what that guy is dealing with. Everyone calls out players for being pussies, but the truth is, you don’t know what is really going on. On the Patriots last year, everyone thought Maroney was a wuss for not lowering his shoulder on the few plays he was in on before he went on IR. Turns out (as we found out this year), he had a broken shoulder-blade. Pff. Plus, Del Rio is a dumbass. He refers to ‘back when he played and the players were tough’. No one even knew who he was. Just stfu Del Rio.
    *********************************************************
    This is NO CONTACT drills Henderson was doing! Come on, how is your shoulder to hurt to do NO CONTACT drills?
    But I should have known you would try to find an excuse, since your a Pats fan and are used to making excuses for your teams and players actions. So, I beg to differ, and suggest that your speculation is ignorant. Thank you, and have a nice day!

  8. mborz says: Jun 5, 2009 12:07 PM

    I don’t mind that he called Henderson out, but wouldn’t it have been better to call him out without using the media to do it? If that’s a no-no for players, the same should be true for coaches.

  9. alfie says: Jun 5, 2009 12:17 PM

    I actually think Del Rio came out with egg on his face in this one Florio. I mean, really look at the situation. Del Rio called Henderson out for taking himself out of drills and practice for his “injury”, insinuating that Henderson was milking a very minor injury or flat out faking one.
    Fast forward to Thursday and it comes out Henderson has a Grade II shoulder seperation (can and often requires surgery, at the very least an arm in a sling) and is limited in what he can do in Thursday’s practice (limited by the coaching staff, mind you).
    Henderson meets with the media and says “all the right things” and takes the high road with the situation. Del Rio dodges questions about backing down after it was known Del Rio shot off before looking at X-Rays of Henderson’s shoulder and talking to the medical staff. Henderson could have done what Del Rio did by calling him out for his injury being legitimate, but he took the high road.
    This is a great way to win back a locker room and show the rookies who’s boss. Call out a guy for being soft, only to find out later he had a legit injury. Couple this with the fact that last month, Torry Holt set out a mini-camp practice for literally no reason other than the “vet card” and nothing was said.

  10. marcduke says: Jun 5, 2009 12:39 PM

    Careful, Henderson, you might become a victim of Del Rio’s patented leg sweep – you know, the one he used to perform on QB’s when he was in the league.

  11. Kotite says: Jun 5, 2009 1:15 PM

    gameday.. as Henderson explains. He hurt his shoulder by falling funny and rolling over on it. There was no contact (look ma! no caps!).

  12. Ralphie says: Jun 5, 2009 1:20 PM

    gameday says:
    “Kudos to Del Rio. More coaches should call out their overpaid,overpussified players. They want their millions, but if they get a scratch then they are to hurt to practice.Talented players are coddled too much from high school thru college and don’t have the work ethic of old school players.
    gameday, kudos to you. You have a momentary spasm of creativity once each month, about five days into your twelve-day menstruation cycle.

  13. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jun 5, 2009 1:59 PM

    “This is NO CONTACT drills Henderson was doing! Come on, how is your shoulder to hurt to do NO CONTACT drills?”
    How many of these “no contact” drills have a hell of a lot of contact?

  14. empty13 says: Jun 5, 2009 2:51 PM

    if ya dont practice and play hard, a la “old school”, no one needs ya.
    there’s the diff.

  15. JagMania65 says: Jun 5, 2009 8:35 PM

    rusH1023 says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 11:29 am
    Plus, Del Rio is a dumbass. He refers to ‘back when he played and the players were tough’. No one even knew who he was. Just stfu Del Rio.
    That just goes to show that you’re a 17-year old retard that you don’t know the players from 25 years ago… Del Rio had an 11 year career that included a Pro Bowl when it actually meant something, led the Vikings in tackles three years straight, and was known as a hard hitting linebacker. Just because your knowledge of NFL history goes all the way back to Payton Manning doesn’t mean you can insult the real old school players…

  16. langmc36 says: Jun 7, 2009 8:12 PM

    JDR went to the media as a last resort. I understand that Jax doesnt get national coverage, but us locals know that this is a reoccuring problem. He is known for pulling stunts like this during the regular season as well, especially known for missing Wednesdays which are the all important practice before facing an opponent. Combine this with a huge salary, an eye gouging incident, and underperforming and you get JDR expressing his feelings to the media. Several Jags players agreed with JDR and let the media know it. By the way… JDR was a Pro Bowler asshole… good post JagMania

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