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Power Take: Evidence shows Henderson had dramatic impact on Bills’ DBs

Jay Skurski

news sports reporter

Don’t underestimate the departure of Donnie Henderson as the Buffalo Bills’ defensive backs coach.

In three years, Henderson helped guide several members of the Bills’ secondary to career seasons. Players such as Leodis McKelvin in 2013, Stephon Gilmore in 2014 and rookie Ronald Darby in 2015 turned in quality years. Aaron Williams also made the transition from cornerback to safety.

During training camp, Henderson was always one to keep an eye on. He had a blunt style that could draw a laugh, but was also appreciated by his players. He brought the best out of them.

Henderson was one of only three assistant coaches to stay with the Bills after Rex Ryan was hired as head coach to replace Doug Marrone a year ago. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he’s moving on. When a new coach comes in, he’s often most comfortable with his own guys. Ryan also brought another defensive backs coach, Tim McDonald, with him from New York. That had to be uncomfortable for Henderson.

His departure Tuesday is another indication that Ryan’s going to sink or swim with “his” guys.


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