From the Feb. 4 "Whispers" at http://www.profootballweekly.com ....
Don’t underestimate what the loss of Donnie Henderson means to Baltimore’s defense. Henderson, formerly the Ravens DB coach, was recently named the Jets’ defensive coordinator. A source close to the Ravens says Henderson is credited for turning around CB Chris McAlister’s season, and coach and player were said to have a very good relationship. (McAlister is an unrestricted free agent, but the Ravens are unlikely to let him get away without a fight.) Former Giants defensive coordinator Johnnie Lynn took Henderson’s place in Baltimore. We hear the Ravens expected to lose Henderson or DL coach Rex Ryan to a coordinator’s job but did not want to lose both coaches. The Raiders reportedly had interest in interviewing Ryan, but head coach Brian Billick indicated he will not let any other assistants leave.
What this guy did with McCallister makes a huge case for drafting a CB (Gamble, Hall) in round one. I'm expecting the DL and LBs to improve as the young guys we drafted last year (Robertson, Hobson) step up and a mid-level FA or two (Brandon Short?) gets added to the mix.
Shutdown corners are rare commodities, and having a stud opposite Donnie Abraham (who is an excellent No. 2 corner) and Mickens as a nickel would really upgrade the corners. Plus, Henderson should be able to push McGraw to another level.