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January 12, 2012

Hiring of Jerome Henderson aimed at improving secondary; SS Abe Elam certainly approves of choice

Vice-president Stephen Jones said the addition of Jerome Henderson as secondary coach was aimed a improving the team’s abysmal pass defense.

The Cowboys gave up the second most passing yards in team history in 2011, one year after setting a club record for passing touchdowns allowed.

"I think he is going to be a really nice coach for us," Jones said Thursday during a radio interview on The Ticket (1310-AM). "Fans, anybody could see that we have struggled, in particular on the back end of our defense. We have to improve ourselves. That makes it two years running now we have struggled. We have to get better back there."

Henderson, 42, who coached the Browns secondary the past three seasons, will replace Dave Campo whose contract was not renewed.

It reunites him with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan who led the Browns defense in 2009 and 2010 before coming to the Cowboys in 2011.

The move certainly meets the approval of Cowboys safety Abe Elam who played four seasons under Henderson with the Jets and Browns before signing with the Cowboys in 2011.

Henderson began his coaching career with Jets in 2007 and followed then-coach Eric Mangini to the Browns in 2009.   

“He’s a good coach,” Elam said. “He’s a former player. He’s very smart and knowledgeable. He is a student of the game.”

Elam calls Henderson the most influential coach of his career and acknowledges his presence in Dallas certainly makes him want to return next season if the Cowboys will have him. Elam signed a one-year deal in 2011 and is a free agent.

“I have played under him for four years,” Elam said. “He taught me a lot about the game, how to watch film, how to be a professional. If I had the chance I would love to play for him.”

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Don't know as Elam's approval is worth anything. After all, he was part of the secondary that sucked this year, remember?

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