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Cowboys DB coach Jerome Henderson set to interview with Browns

CLEVELAND - 2009:  Jerome Henderson of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by NFL Photos) AP

The Browns made an unexpected move on Tuesday by hiring former baseball executive Paul DePodesta as their chief strategy officer.

It’s an out of the box move for a team that obviously needs to find a new formula than the one that’s brought a lot more franchise overhauls than playoff victories since the Browns returned to the league in 1999. Their coaching search will reportedly be taking a similar turn away from the candidates that have been mentioned in conjunction with just about every current opening in the league.

Per multiple reports, the Browns will interview Cowboys defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson for their head coaching vacancy. Henderson, who played eight years with four NFL teams, has not been linked with any of the other openings for a top job in this or any other offseason, but has some experience in Cleveland after serving as the team’s defensive backs coach from 2009-2011. He was previously in the same job with the Jets and has been with the Cowboys since 2012.

The move from position coach to head coach isn’t one that’s made too often, although John Harbaugh’s done pretty well since going from a year as Eagles defensive backs coach (he was previously their special teams coach) in 2007 to Ravens head coach. For a team that’s had little success going with more conventional coaching choices, it’s hard to argue with considering all options even if they ultimately wind up moving in a different direction.

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32 Responses to “Cowboys DB coach Jerome Henderson set to interview with Browns”
  1. feckyerlife says: Jan 6, 2016 11:52 AM

    lol wut. did they not see how wonderful the cowboys db group has been the past couple season.

  2. toldlikeitis says: Jan 6, 2016 11:56 AM

    The Cowboys secondary has been terrible

  3. metalup666 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:57 AM

    Ummm, the DB’s have been the worst part of the defense in Dallas. Way to go Cleveland…

  4. call4randy says: Jan 6, 2016 11:59 AM

    As a Cowboy fan even I questioned this move! Oh it must be because our secondary is so dominant! Rooney Rule at work again.

  5. romophobic says: Jan 6, 2016 12:09 PM

    Man, I feel badly for coaches who only get interviewed because of their skin color and not because of their qualifications. Anyone who has watched Dallas’ secondary knows that’s the case here. The Rooney rule is the most racist rule in all of sports, maybe even the country. Time for it to go.

  6. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says: Jan 6, 2016 12:13 PM

    No disrespect to Henderson, but I find it strange that every year, (insert team) has interviewed a DB coach, or WR coach, or RB coach, etc, from a random team, and most people have no idea who this coach is. Just sounds to me like, “we need to interview a black guy, so lets interview this guy and then move on to who we really like…

  7. bearflagfan says: Jan 6, 2016 12:16 PM

    This is a win-win for everyone. Cleveland gets to check the Rooney Rule box while Jerome Henderson gets some experience interviewing to be a head coach, maybe gets a raise from Dallas or more likely gets his name out there in a respectable way. Looks to me like some agent is doing his job.

  8. timebandit24 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:17 PM

    You folks need to learn to not be homers and pay attention to what happens on teams before you thrash them. The Dallas secondary has gotten much better if you know anything. Gave up 280+ yards per game 2 years ago. 2015- Pass defense ranked 5th, gave up 227.2.
    That’s pretty salty in today’s league.

    Now I don’t believe this guy is a real candidate but a Roomey Rule flyer.

  9. joetoronto says: Jan 6, 2016 12:19 PM

    Interviewing a DB coach for head coaching position! The Browns, LOL.

  10. metspeed21 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:26 PM

    Huh, I’m pretty sure Hue Jackson is African American. He’s on the list of candidates the Browns are interviewing. So what’s this talk about the Rooney rule with Jerome?

  11. Commissioner Cools says: Jan 6, 2016 12:27 PM

    Why do Browns fans continue to reward this train wreck by buying season tickets?

  12. ravensrooster94 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:27 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t Mike Tomlin a position coach when he successfully interviewed for the Steelers?

  13. cowboysallday says: Jan 6, 2016 12:34 PM

    Lol I’m sure everyone commenting knows a lot more about dbs/coaching than the browns. Actually they probably do…but as a cowboys fan I can tell you that our dbs were the most solid position group on our team. He did a good job with Byron, carr, and Claiborne even though they didn’t generate turnovers they still locked down everyone they were guarding

  14. romophobic says: Jan 6, 2016 12:39 PM

    bearflagfan says:
    Jan 6, 2016 12:16 PM

    This is a win-win for everyone. Cleveland gets to check the Rooney Rule box while Jerome Henderson gets some experience interviewing to be a head coach, maybe gets a raise from Dallas or more likely gets his name out there in a respectable way. Looks to me like some agent is doing his job.

    Except he’s been interviewed many times already so clearly the interview experience isn’t helping. Maybe if Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne did their job at least a little bit better it could be based on merit instead?

  15. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:40 PM

    No head coaching experience and he warrants an interview this early in the process.

    The Rooney Rule is just another example of how the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  16. realfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2016 12:43 PM

    The dummy bringing up the Rooney rule must not notice the more obvious reason for the interview, he’s worked there before. Cleveland is looking for someone to do the bidding of this disaster. structure being put in place.

    Every time one of you fools though yell “Rooney rule” just for a guy getting to sit down and interview for a job when terrible candidates like Spagnolo and terribel retreads like Shanahan get interviews without you blinking an eye or questioning why those people are getting an interview, you’re proving the rule still needs to be in place.

  17. pacodawg says: Jan 6, 2016 12:45 PM

    It’s not always the coaches but the players. Honestly if belichick, Saban whoever u think are the best coaches in all of football
    America, what do u think the Browns best record would have been? 4 wins max. Its the players more than the coach,

  18. aaronmoore84 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:47 PM

    I understand the move. When Henderson was with Cleveland, his secondary was ranked #2 in the league. Dallas clearly didn’t have a good season this year, but defense, specifically the secondary, did a solid job. He clearly made a good impression on the Browns when he was with them, and I’m sure there’s a good reason for them to interview him.

  19. pftbro says: Jan 6, 2016 12:55 PM

    The Browns will have interviewed 3 black candidates to-date. The Rooney rule is not in play here. Give the candidates some credit, idiots…

  20. Youknowimright says: Jan 6, 2016 1:04 PM

    Rooney Rule- check.

  21. billsfan1 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:06 PM

    Maybe it’s just me but 5-6 coaches in how many years? How about continuity.

  22. headwoundharry says: Jan 6, 2016 1:14 PM

    Walt Weiss, Manager of the Colorado Rockies, is also set to interview for the Browns HC position.

  23. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jan 6, 2016 1:18 PM

    This isn’t even fair to Henderson. Hire the person you want, doesn’t matter if he is black, white, yellow, green, or blue. This is getting stupid.

    Think Henderson thinks he has a shot at the job, NO.
    I hope he charges the Browns 100K for his trip there.


  24. kfoyo808 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:18 PM

    Tomlin was a D Coordinator.

  25. kfoyo808 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:24 PM

    Browns should hire Coughlin and McAdoo as tandem….Coughlin coaches 2-3 years more, establishes order and starts to get franchise in right direction. McAdoo is promised HC job as soon as Coughlin steps down, for seamless transition…also is Associate Head Coach, so is HC in training without having the bullseye targeted at him. He’s only 38, so he’ll be head coach by the time he’s 41 or 42.

    That…or Chip Kelly (hear me out). Eagles fan here – don’t disagree with him being let go. But you hire Chip. You bring back his friend Tom Gamble (in FO in SF) who was forced out by Howie Roseman in Philly. Well respected NFL guy. You let them head up football efforts – hire coordinators that can communicate well to offset Chip’s brusk manner. You sign Bradford as QB to reasonable deal – already knows Chip and his system. And you establish some actual NFL resemblance.

  26. dontbeemo says: Jan 6, 2016 1:34 PM

    1) The Rooney Rule should be called the Al Davis rule. He hired minorities long before someone told him to.

    2) The Rooney Rule is designed to help minorities get head coaching interview experiences. Yeah, some will be obvious “check the box” guys, but when that guy is ready, he may actually be in a better position to get a job because he had more interview experience.

    3) The browns have already interviewed Hue Jackson. I don’t know why they would interview this guy after his team was just torched in a meaningless game by Kirk Cousins, but this isn’t a “check the box” interview.

  27. jonwill57 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:43 PM

    I love the “Al Davis Rule” concept. Perhaps after during Hue’s interview he stated he might want to bring this guy to his staff…perhaps as DC.

  28. vonkaiser2001 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:44 PM

    Mike Tomlin was not a position coach when he got the Steelers job. He was defensive coordinator for the Vikings.

  29. metalup666 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:47 PM


    I am a Dallas fan, and I didn’t trash on anybody. True the DB’s play has improved, but what I said still holds true as well. The DB’s are the worst part of the defense.

  30. dwmichaels says: Jan 6, 2016 1:57 PM

    A lot of times interviews are for the team to pick the person’s brain about what they would do to fix problem X. So “what would you do to make the Browns more competitive?” Then they can take all the information they get from all the candidates and see if anything is better than their original intentions. Then determine who they believe might be able to implement their desired strategy.

    I think Jerome since Jerome has some history with the club, he has some idea about the fanbase, the players, prior coaching & management, etc. so he could have some comments on what was working/not working back then compared to now and where they may have needed to go to be more successful.

  31. rcali says: Jan 6, 2016 3:37 PM

    Statistically the Browns thought he was the best moneyball choice.

  32. NinersRule says: Jan 6, 2016 4:03 PM

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be called for interviews because of the color of their skin, but because of the content of their character.

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