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Chargers hire Henry, third o-line coach in three years

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2310849">ESPN</a>

    By Len Pasquarelli

    <img width="146" height="182" align="left" alt="Jack Henry" id="image1890" title="Jack Henry" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/01/Henry_Jack.jpg" />For the third season in a row, the San Diego Chargers will have a new offensive line coach, as the team has hired Jack Henry to mentor its young blocking unit.

    A 12-year NFL veteran, Henry signed a two-year contract and will replace Carl Mauck, who was fired by coach Marty Schottenheimer after just one season. Mauck had sought to continue the progress begun by predecessor Hudson Houck, one of the NFL's premier line coaches who left for the Dolphins, but the unit did not respond well to him in '05 and regressed in some areas.

    Henry spent the past six seasons with the New Orleans Saints and in 2005, he held the title of assistant head coach. This will mark Henry's second tour of duty in San Diego, as he spent the 1996 season on then-coach Bobby Ross' staff.

    "First and foremost, Jack is an excellent teacher," Schottenheimer said. "He has done a good job of developing young players. He has a strong background in line play and a strong belief in teaching fundamentals first."

    All of those qualities are key to the Chargers, who possess one of the league's youngest offensive lines, a unit that was not productive under the volatile Mauck.

    Center Nick Hardwick and right tackle Shane Olivea were second-year veterans in 2005. Left guard Kris Dielman, who had never started before 2005 but started 14 games last season, was a third-year pro. Even six-year veteran Leander Jordan, who supplanted Roman Oben at left tackle, was a first-time starter.

    In fact, entering 2006, right guard Mike Goff, coming off what was arguably the best season of his eight-year career, has more regular-season starts than the rest of the San Diego starters combined (99-86). The relative youth of the line places a high premium on teaching, and Henry has been known throughout his career as a patient tutor, but one who eventually gets solid results.

    Schottenheimer viewed the search for a new offensive line coach as critical and he spoke with friends around the NFL about a number of candidates.

    Henry, 59, has been a coach for 36 seasons. In addition to his six seasons with the Saints and his previous one season in San Diego, his NFL resume includes stops in Pittsburgh (1990-91) and Detroit (1997-97).

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