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Old 08-05-2005, 12:13 PM   #1
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Coaches Sheppard and Henry

Sheppard two-headed attack for Saints' offense

Tandem expected to boost unit

Friday, August 05, 2005
By Mike Triplett Times Picayune

When it came time to replace offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy this past offseason, Saints coach Jim Haslett took advantage of more than one resource on his staff.

He promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard to offensive coordinator. But he also promoted offensive line coach Jack Henry to associate head coach and running-game coordinator.

"I wanted to fix the running game, and I thought he was the perfect guy for it," Haslett said of Henry, a 33-year coaching veteran in the college and pro ranks who came to the Saints along with Haslett in 2000. "He's been a coordinator before (on the college level). He's a great line coach. When I was playing, I used to go hear him speak.

"He could be a great coordinator if he wanted to be. And he and Mike Sheppard have a great relationship and work together extremely well. I thought it was just a natural fit."

Sheppard and Henry have worked together over the past three years, so there won't be any drastic changes in store. Still, things will be run a bit differently.

Early in the week, Henry will put together the running game plan, along with assistant offensive line coach Jim Pyne, running backs coach Johnny Roland and tight ends coach Bob Palcic.

Meanwhile, Sheppard will put together a passing game plan with quarterbacks coach Turk Schonert and receivers coach Jimmy Robinson. Then somewhere around Tuesday evening, Sheppard will consult with Henry before putting together the entire offensive game plan.

"It's been awesome," Sheppard said of the working relationship so far. "He's an expert at what he does, and I'm fortunate to work with him. We think a lot alike.


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Old 08-05-2005, 01:18 PM   #2
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"It's been awesome," Sheppard said of the working relationship so far. "He's an expert at what he does, and I'm fortunate to work with him. We think a lot alike.
LOL - does this statement strike anyone else as funny? He's really really smart and it's great to work with him. PS - I'm really really smart too...
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Yeah, that's a really good observation, WhoDat. Most people wouldn't have caught that. I thought it was funny when I read it, too.
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:39 PM   #4
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Must be b/c language matters in your job.
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:44 PM   #5
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What they really need to do is gt rid of Venturi and bring a real DC. No matter how much talent on defense, if you can't devise a plan for each individual competition we will be 8-8. For some reason Venturi believe that you drop all of the lbs to cover 1st & then react to the run. The guy is a idiot, sure it will work on some teams but you can't play the entire season that way.
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