Former colleagues rave about Eric Henderson’s player development skills

How good is Eric Henderson as a player developer? USC fans are going to love what a former coaching colleague said about Henderson in a story from Luca Evans of the Orange County Register.

It’s not just Aaron Donald with the Rams. Years earlier, Henderson was developing unheralded players on the 2017 Los Angeles Chargers:

“Henderson’s coaching timeline, too, sped up in just his first year of coaching at the NFL level. Before long, Giff Smith attested, he’d entrust Henderson to put together play-tape for technique sessions – sitting down with the likes of Pro Bowler Joey Bosa as a rookie NFL coach to critique his film. Normally, Bradley said, position coaches don’t split up any group responsibility with assistants; but Smith challenged Henderson to mold rookies and lower-level draft picks like Isaac Rochell, a seventh-round pick in 2017. Within one year, Henderson turned Rochell into a five-sack presence in his sophomore season.

“’What he has,’ Smith said of Henderson, ‘is the unique ability to tap the inner part of a guy to make him work harder than he ever thought he could. And that’s a gift that only a few coaches have.’”

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