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Meet Eric Henderson: Three things to know about the Rams' new defensive line coach

The Rams will bring on Eric Henderson to lead defensive tackle Aaron Donald and company as the defensive line coach in 2019. Henderson's home field will now be a drive up Interstate 110 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum after two seasons with the Chargers in Los Angeles.

Here are three things to know about the Rams' new defensive line coach:


1. Undrafted Standout

Henderson joined the Bengals as an undrafted rookie in 2006 after an impressive career at Georgia Tech. Henderson, a three-time All-ACC defensive lineman, became the Yellow Jackets' all-time career leader in tackles for loss, with 59.5.

Henderson recorded 24 of his record-breaking tackles for loss during his breakout sophomore season, which also featured 11 sacks. Henderson's 25 career sacks rank No. 4 in school history.

He earned a bachelor's degree in management from Georgia Tech.

2. Experience with Star Power

Depending on what happens in free agency, Henderson may have a couple of NFL superstars on his hands in Donald, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and whoever could join the pass-rush party in L.A.

Henderson offers a bit of experience coaching All-Conference and Pro Bowl players as he joins the defending NFC Champs. He served as a defensive quality control coach at Oklahoma State in 2015, when now-Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah earned All-American honors and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Most recently, Henderson spent two seasons as an assistant defensive line coach for the Chargers, working closely with Pro Bowl defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The Chargers posted 43.0 sacks in 2017 and 38.0 in 2018.


3. A Former Teammate

Henderson will join former Bengals teammate and Louisiana native Andrew Whitworth in Los Angeles, should the 37-year-old left tackle return to football for a 14th professional season. Henderson shared a rookie season Whitworth in 2006, before spending time on and off the club's practice squad until playing in two games in 2008 before he was place on the injured reserve with a season-ending neck injury.

Check out photos of the new Rams coaches throughout their football careers.

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