ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions on Sunday announced that Donnie Henderson is the team's new defensive coordinator.
Henderson comes to the Lions after two seasons as the New York Jets' defensive coordinator. He parted ways with the team after Eric Mangini was hired as head coach Jan. 17.
Henderson oversaw a vast improvement in the Jets' defense as the team made the playoffs in his first year there. In 2005, the defense played well at times but could not carry an anemic offense. Injuries also plagued the team as the Jets finished 4-12.
Before joining the Jets, Henderson spent five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, first as assistant defensive backs coach and then as defensive backs coach.
It's my understanding that like Marinelli, Henderson is a coach who asks his players to own up to their duties. If so he will be a welcome addition.