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Ross, Bentley endorse Henry

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Feb 6, 2006.

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    By Casey Pearce

    When Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer began searching for a new offensive line coach two weeks ago, he went looking for an experienced, patient teacher."  According to former Bolts Head Coach Bobby Ross, that's exactly what Schottenheimer got in Jack Henry.

    "He's an excellent teacher of the fundamentals of the game," Ross said."  "He has a good understanding of the protections that are so vital to the NFL and the techniques that go along with them."  I think Jack is more soft-spoken than people would expect from a football coach."  He can be a quiet guy, but he's a very demanding guy."

    Throughout his coaching career, Henry has developed a reputation for his ability to bring along young players."  A year prior to Henry's arrival in Detroit, the Lions used their top draft pick on Jeff Hartings, who has since been voted a first alternate to the Pro Bowl four times at center and was voted to the squad after the '04 and '05 seasons while playing for the Steelers.

    Under Henry's direction, Saints guard LeCharles Bentley made three Pro Bowls at two different positions."  Saints 2005 first-round draft pick Jammal Brown started 13 games at right tackle and drew rave reviews after spending his rookie season under Henry.

    In his new post, Henry will be asked to continue the development of several young players."  Chargers center Nick Hardwick and tackle Shane Olivea enter their third season in the league, while guard Kris Dielman is set to begin his fourth."  Second-year players Wes Sims, Scott Mruczkowski and Cory Lekkerkerker could also be counted on to contribute in 2006.

    "Jack came in and did a wonderful job for us as far as developing some of the younger guys we had in our program and there's no reason to believe he won't do the same thing in his new job with the Chargers," Ross said."  "He did a great job with Jeff Hartings."  Jack did a fine job teaching him, bringing him along and being part of his growth as a player."

    Like Ross, Bentley had nothing but praise for his former position coach."  The three-time Pro Bowler credited Henry with getting the most out of his players.

    "Jack was a great coach," Bentley said." "  "Most importantly, he was a better person."  He was the type of coach that as a player you really wanted to play well for."  The better you played, the better he looked. You never wanted to make him look bad, because he was such a great person and he really wanted you to do well. You always wanted to make him proud."

    Bentley was quick to credit Henry for the success that he experienced as a player."  The former Ohio State Buckeye enjoyed Henry's style and even-keel temperament.

    "Jack is kind of a throwback, yet he still is up on the times as far as how to deal with players," Bentley said." "  "He treats you as a man. He knows that it's an intense game and he expects a lot out of you, but he never, ever would dog cuss you under any circumstances. You knew what you would get everyday with Jack. Good or bad, win or lose, you would know what you were going to get."

    The 2006 season will be Henry's 37th in coaching."  He spent the previous six seasons with the New Orleans Saints."  He was at the University of Pittsburgh when Ross hired him to coach the Chargers' O-line in 1996."  The next season, Ross became the head coach of the Detroit Lions and took Henry with him."  Henry also spent a two-year stint with Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh Steelers in 1990-91.

    Prior to offering Henry the job, Schottenheimer called Ross for a reference, and the current Army head coach gave a glowing opinion.

    "When Marty called to ask my opinion of Jack, I fully endorsed him," Ross said."  "He knows the game and has a passion for it."  I'm certain he's going to do a great job like he did when I worked for him and like his track record shows he's done wherever he's been."
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