Good news! Jerome Henderson has re-signed as the defensive passing game coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, meaning he’ll stick around in that role under Dan Quinn and new defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel to work with the team’s pass defense. He has not resigned, and tonight, we’ve all learned an important lesson about the value of a hyphen.
Here’s a breakdown of what happened in the last several minutes.
@alexmarvez @AtlantaFalcons he remains the passing game coordinator for the Falcons— Brian Cearns (@FalconsBCearns) February 18, 2017
APOLOGIES: Jerome Henderson has RE-SIGNED with @AtlantaFalcons as defensive passing game coordinator. HYPHEN MISSING ORIGINALLY.— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 18, 2017
Earlier this evening, thanks to a missing hyphen, the usually reliable Marvez reported this:
Source tells @sn_nfl Jerome Henderson has resigned as @AtlantaFalcons defensive passing game coordinator. Interviewed w/ @49ers for DC job— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 18, 2017
Not re-signed. Resigned. Quit. Jerome left the @AtlantaFalcons hoping for @49ers co-defensive coordinator gig. Didn't happen. https://t.co/I3SCvRIhJ1— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 18, 2017
This spiraled out of control for a few reasons. First of all, as mentioned, Marvez is a good reporter with a solid track record, and we’ve run with his stuff many times without seeing everything come crashing down an hour later. We have no idea who his source is here, but they were pretty darn wrong.
Second of all, with the Marquand Manuel hire at defensive coordinator, it was reasonable to assume that Henderson, who did not land the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator job, might want a shot at something else. If the timing seemed very weird—and it did!—that’s easy to chalk up to the fact that the timing is weird for virtually everything that happens in the NFL, and with this team. Henderson is, after all, a well-regarded coach who came over from the Cowboys and did fine work with a defense that was a work in progress all year despite its success. With so much turnover, it’s nice to see some continuity.
This does mean, as the Falcons said earlier today, that the coaching staff is indeed complete well ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine. More good news.
Our apologies for contributing to the confusion, and certain I’m a lot happier to see Henderson here than leaving. In the future, we’ll give resigning and re-signing a little time.