Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson, who recently interviewed for the head-coaching job in Cleveland and the defensive coordinator position with Jacksonville, is meeting with the Falcons Friday about a defensive position, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
The Falcons confirmed Henderson's interview but said he is not interviewing for defensive coordinator, as reported elsewhere. Richard Smith will remain as the team's defensive coordinator.
The Falcons also have a defensive pass-game coordinator in Raheem Morris and a secondary coach in Marquand Manuel. Manuel, like Henderson, interviewed for the defensive coordinator job in Jacksonville, but that position went to Todd Wash. Manuel is expected to remain on staff, although his role could be enhanced based on the outside interest.
Morris also is the assistant head coach, which gives him a little more flexibility in his role. There is a chance Morris could fill another role while Henderson steps in as defensive pass-game coordinator, if Henderson is hired.
Henderson, 46, just concluded his fourth season with the Cowboys. Prior to joining Dallas, he was the secondary coach in Cleveland and with the New York Jets. In New York, Henderson was on the same staff as Falcons head coach Dan Quinn for two seasons. Henderson coached perennial Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis.
As a player, Henderson was a second-round draft pick of New England out of Clemson in 1991. He played eight NFL seasons at cornerback with the Patriots, Bills, Eagles and Jets.
The Falcons have a significant hole to fill on the coaching staff. Wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie left to become the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, leaving a huge void.
Despite speculation, special-teams coach Keith Armstrong is not leaving the team. Armstrong is in fact preparing to scout players at the Senior Bowl starting next week.