DeMarco Murray tells Titans’ coaches he’ll mentor Derrick Henry

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Titans running back DeMarco Murray isn’t worried about second-round draft pick Derrick Henry taking carries away from him.

Murray told the Titans’ coaches he’s looking forward to playing with Henry and helping the Heisman Trophy winner develop into an NFL player. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he called Murray to make sure he understood that Henry wasn’t coming to take the starting job away from Murray, and Mularkey said he and Murray are on the same page.

“You don’t do it for everybody, but there’s certain circumstances that you feel like it is necessary to make sure you are clear on the motive and why you are doing things,’’ Mularkey said of calling Murray. “Out of respect [for DeMarco] I wanted to do that.”

Mularkey said he was pleased with how eager Murray sounded to work with Henry.

“First of all, he loved the pick,’’ Mularkey said of Murray. “And he said, ‘He’s going to make me better and I am going to do the same for him.’ He said, ‘I’m going to do whatever I can to make him a great player‘.”

According to Mularkey, Henry’s job will be to back Murray up.

“I told DeMarco, ‘Nothing has changed since we made the trade for you. You’re still going to be the guy who is going to carry the load for us and I know when you need to take a break and come off the field there will be no letdown when the next running back comes in, whoever that is’,’’ Mularkey said. “That is our mindset and I told him that directly not long after we made that pick, that he was clear with the direction we were going to go with it.”

With Henry joining Murray in the backfield, running behind a line featuring first-round offensive tackle Jack Conklin, Mularkey’s promised “exotic smash mouth” offense is coming together. And Murray is glad to be a part of it.

36 responses to “DeMarco Murray tells Titans’ coaches he’ll mentor Derrick Henry

  1. Murray to Henry do you know your FOOTBALL history Henry no Murray well first things first the Philadelphia eagles has not won the super bowl in their history Henry damn

  2. .
    The Titans, Texans, and Jaguars all have improved their rosters considerably. The Colts not so much. However, any of the four teams could win the AFC South.
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  3. From a superstar on the Dallas freaking Cowboys and NFL rushing champ, to a journeyman mentorng a rookie on the Titans.

    His choice. Mind boggling.

  4. This dude is a baby-man and can’t be trusted. Henry is essentially Paul Bunyan and will supplant Murray before he even understands what’s going on.

  5. 350 carries divided by two equals 175 each. That’s 175 fewer beatings for Murray. Not surprised he’s eager to help.

  6. How’s that extra million a year that the Eagles offered over the Jaguars working out for you, DeMarco?

  7. DeMarco once you show tennesee you have nothing left in the tank,you will be mentoring from the bench

  8. thefootballgodssay says:
    May 1, 2016 5:32 PM
    Murray to Henry do you know your FOOTBALL history Henry no Murray well first things first the Philadelphia eagles has not won the super bowl in their history Henry damn

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    Most incoherent post on PFT to date.

  9. FlintBeastwood says:
    May 1, 2016 6:02 PM
    thefootballgodssay says:
    May 1, 2016 5:32 PM
    Murray to Henry do you know your FOOTBALL history Henry no Murray well first things first the Philadelphia eagles has not won the super bowl in their history Henry damn
    ————————-
    Most incoherent post on PFT to date.
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    I think it’s a conversation, albeit a dumb one.

    Murray (to Henry): Do you know your football history?
    Henry: No.
    Murray: Well first things first… etc.

  10. thefootballgodssay says:
    May 1, 2016 5:32 PM

    Murray to Henry do you know your FOOTBALL history Henry no Murray well first things first the Philadelphia eagles has not won the super bowl in their history Henry damn.
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    The Eagles were the only team to ever beat Vince Lombardi for a NFL championship.

  11. The curse Vince Lombardi lives on the great coach said on his death bed Philadelphia will curse the day they beat my packers in the NFL championship game in 1960 they will never win that sterling silver trophy

  12. De Marco you should have stayed with Dallas. You were traded from the Eagles and now the Titans have drafted a similar type runner.

  13. Wow an NFL player acting like an adult instead of thrown a whiny tantrum about something they don’t like.

    What concept.

  14. “Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he called Murray to make sure he understood that Henry wasn’t coming to take the starting job away from Murray, and Mularkey said he and Murray are on the same page”
    NOW THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE !!!!!!!!!!
    Classy move by the head coach.

  15. He is going to teach him to be healthy and reliable for his contract year.

  16. Wow an NFL player acting like an adult instead of thrown a whiny tantrum about something they don’t like.

    What concept.
    ______________________

    You obviously don’t follow Demarco’s career much.

  17. AHHH, how sweet. Poor little DeMarco…..Henry could probably mentor you, and definitely by the end of the season will be.

  18. Let’s see how Henry’s YPC average adds up vs DeMarco’s @ the halfway point of the season, THEN we can determine how sincere the HC’s statement actually is……………………..

  19. smokehouse56 says:
    May 1, 2016 7:10 PM

    thefootballgodssay says:
    May 1, 2016 5:32 PM

    Murray to Henry do you know your FOOTBALL history Henry no Murray well first things first the Philadelphia eagles has not won the super bowl in their history Henry damn.
    ================================
    The Eagles were the only team to ever beat Vince Lombardi for a NFL championship.
    ===========================

    When did the Titans/Oilers win a Lombardi??

  20. Mularkey called because he knows DeMarco is a Sooner like his boy Bradford. He wanted to be sure DeMarco doesn’t pull a Bradford. DeMarco is great at saying the right things but awful at carrying out the things he says. He’s a liar.

  21. The Mike Vick Syndrome. I will kiss whatever ass there is for me to stay in the league and keep making major league paychecks. Surprised that DeMarco has picked up on it already.

  22. That’s good to hear, but even as a Titans fan, I don’t believe him. That rushing title wasn’t too long ago. I’m sure he still wants to be the main guy. And I hate that I’m seeing analysts predict that Derrick Henry could win the starting job this year. That makes me uncomfortable thinking about what kind of locker room problems that would cause, and I would be ticked off if I was Murray and I saw that.

    But maybe he has changed… after all, he did sign with the team that was dead last in the league last year, and I don’t know what diva would do that. I’m hoping he’s sincere, and that everyone gets along, because this could be a fun season for the Titans.

  23. abninf says:
    May 1, 2016 5:53 PM
    From a superstar on the Dallas freaking Cowboys and NFL rushing champ, to a journeyman mentorng a rookie on the Titans.

    His choice. Mind boggling.

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    You speak about the Cowboys like they are a team for which players want to play. The Cowboys are one of the worst teams in the NFL and heading in the wrong direction. At least the Titans, although not great, are on the way up.

  24. nhpats says:
    The Cowboys are one of the worst teams in the NFL and heading in the wrong direction. At least the Titans, although not great, are on the way up.
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    Most ignorant statement of the day…you can hate the cowboys all you want, but the worst team in the NFL, you must be like 12…
    Didn’t the Titans have the #1 pick in the draft aka worst record in the NFL, yep heading in the right direction…

  25. So Murray is going to teach Henry to fake an attempt at picking up a block, while avoiding the necessary contact. How to run directly into the O-Line, without making any cuts and how to give up yards in order to avoid contact and leaving offensive progress on the field, regardless of down and distance.

    Murray whiffed on so many pass blocking assignments last year that it hampered the Philadelphia offense more than his two yard runs into his O-Lineman’s butts. I have never seen a RB who was more a product of a dominate line than he was in Dallas.

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