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Eric Henderson says leaving Rams for USC job ‘was a no-brainer’

Eric Henderson joined the Rams as their defensive line coach in 2019 and immediately became a beloved member of Sean McVay’s coaching staff. Shortly after the Rams’ season ended with their loss to the Lions, Henderson was hired by USC as their co-defensive coordinator.

It was a shocking loss for the Rams, who had one of the best defensive lines in football under Henderson’s guidance over the last five years. With Raheem Morris being viewed as a head coaching candidate, some even saw Henderson as a potential replacement as the Rams’ defensive coordinator.

On Thursday, Henderson spoke with members of the media and said joining USC’s staff was “a no-brainer” for him, seeking the next challenge in his career.

“It just made sense, he said.

Even though he’s no longer on the Rams’ coaching staff, Henderson remains a big backer of Kobie Turner – the team’s stud third-round defensive tackle who led all rookies with nine sacks in 2023.

Henderson told reporters that Turner “should have won Defensive Rookie of the Year,” a case he made throughout the season.

Story originally appeared on Rams Wire