A Conversation with Donnie Henderson Part II

This is Part II of Jets Confidential's interview with Donnie Henderson.<BR><BR>

Q)What is your defensive philosophy? What will we see when your first Jets defense takes the field.

Henderson: I believe in multiple fronts and being aggressive, and we'll definitely have a lot of coverages. We have to be flexible enough to go from a 3-4 to a 4-3, maybe a ``50'' if we have to. We have to make sure we have the right players and we get them into the right fronts. We've got to be great teachers to get done what we want to get done.

Q)Herman Edwards wants to get one thing done. He's made a commitment to at least look hard at moving John Abraham from defensive end to linebacker this off-season. What do you think of that idea?

Henderson: John Abraham's got a motor. And when you're that tall and that long and can get to the passer, well, you always want to find one of those guys. John brings some flexibility to the game. He can be the key to a whole lot of things. We have to evaluate where John's at. Not everybody can go from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Not everybody can do those things.

Q)You're wearing your Baltimore Super Bowl ring.

Henderson: I just put in on today.

Q)When was the last time you put it on?

Henderson: Yesterday. (Laughs.) I don't wear it every day. I put it on because we went to the Senior Bowl and when you go there you get to see all the jewelry, so I figured I'd pull mine out. I've had it on since then, and now I'm going to put it back. One thing I will not do is walk around with Ravens gear, Ravens jewelry. There will be a time it will come out, though, and that's to make a point.

Q)How many times during the season do you think you'll have to make such a point?

Henderson: However many times it's got to be made. I'm a firm believer in if you've got championships, wear them. Let everyone know you're a champion.

Q)That's in keeping with what Herman Edwards believes, that it's OK to talk about making the playoffs, making the Super Bowl.

Henderson: You've got to. You have to have a plan, and you have to believe it, and you've got to be able to visualize it.

Q)You were taken in the 10th round of the 1980 draft by the Lions. How did your pro career work out?

Henderson: I like to say I made breakfast and missed lunch. I got cut by Detroit and Philadelphia picked me up. Herm probably forgot it, but I was right behind him (on the depth chart) for a few weeks in training camp. I played against New England, and I remember getting a penalty and a guy named Lynn Stiles telling me I had one more week.

Q)Your given name isn't Donnie, is that correct?

Henderson: Yes, my real name is Henry Darnell Henderson. Henry was from my dad, but my mom wanted to call me Donnie so I've been called Donnie from day one. Of course, you all may call me some other names, too.


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