As Cowboys Staff Prepares For Senior Bowl, Henderson Moving On To Falcons

IRVING, Texas – As the Cowboys prepare to coach in this week's Senior Bowl, Jerome Henderson is moving on to join the Atlanta Falcons' staff.

Henderson, the Cowboys' secondary coach since 2012, had an expiring contract and interviewed with three teams this month. The Falcons announced Monday his title will be passing game coordinator.

Earlier this month, Henderson met with the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy, ultimately filled by Hue Jackson, and the Jacksonville Jaguars' vacant defensive coordinator job that went to Todd Wash. This past Friday, Henderson interviewed with the Falcons for a position on their staff.

Henderson played nine NFL seasons at defensive back and has been an assistant for three teams (Jets, Browns and Cowboys) since 2007. He and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn were on the same Jets staff in 2007 and 2008.

The Cowboys ranked fifth in pass defense in 2015, allowing 227.2 yards per game.

The week after the season finale, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he doesn't expect many changes to his coaching staff this offseason. Henderson was among a few Cowboys assistants with expiring contracts, though.

It's currently uncertain how the Cowboys fill Henderson's role. One option could be Joe Baker, who has been on staff coaching the safeties since 2012.

The Cowboys are coaching the Senior Bowl North roster this week in Mobile. Defensive backs on the North squad are Darian Thompson (Boise State), Tyvis Powell (Ohio State), Miles Killebrew (Southern Utah), K.J. Dillon (West Virginia), Deiondre' Hall (Northern Iowa), Tavon Young (Temple), Kevin Peterson (Oklahoma State) and Eric Murray (Minnesota).

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