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Donnie Defense Extended
June 2nd, 2005
The Jets officially announced that they have signed Defensive Coordinator Donnie Henderson to a contract extension.

ALSO: WEST SIDE STADIUM ONE STEP CLOSER! Judge throws out bogus Cablevision lawsuit. Confirming reports from earlier this week, the Jets announced that Defensive Coordinator Donnie Henderson has recieved a contract extension. Although the team did not reveal the lenght of the extension, it's believed to be for three additional years.

Henderson is entering his second season as DC after being hired away from Baltimore in 2004. He paid off instant dividends as the Jets allowed the third fewest points against in team history (16.3 per game), and ranked seventh overall in the NFL in total defense, and fifth-best against the run. The team also tied for the fourth-most takeaways in the league (33) as they advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoff round. The Jets also posted an NFL-best seven second-half shut-outs last season.

"Donnie Henderson instilled a fire in our defensive unit that had an effect on the entire football team," said Head Coach Herm Edwards. "His approach to coaching the defense set the tone at training camp last season, and it's a credit to him and his coaching staff for making good players better, and giving our young players an opportunity to contribute. Donnie puts players in position to be successful and thats the focus of us being a winning football team."

The Jets got a major boost this morning in their quest for a West Side stadium when a a Manhattan judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging there were illegalities with the bidding process that awarded the West Side rail yards to the Jets.

The decision is a boon to the citys hopes for hosting the 2012 Olympics, since construction of the new facility on the Hudson River is critical to the New York proposal. Members of the International Olympic Committee will select a host city from New York and four other candidates on July 6.

Cablevision Systems Corp. had charged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with conducting "a sham bidding process" in making its decision. Cablevision, owner of Madison Square Garden, had submitted a high higher bid for the property than the Jets. But a judge sided with the Jets.

"An analysis of the MSG arguments and the MTA powers leads to the conclusion that the MTA did not act in an arbitrary and capricious manner," ruled state Supreme Court Herman Cahn.

The stadium faces another possible challenge on Friday, when the state Public Authorities Control Board may vote on funding vital to the proposal.

**Portions of this article courtesy NY Jets.