Frank Clark isn’t afraid of Derrick Henry — or of potentially stirring him up

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No one currently can stop Titans running back Derrick Henry. Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark believes he can, and he’s not afraid to say so.

“He’s not hard to hit,” Clark told James Palmer of NFL Media. “He’s just a big guy. 240, 245, 250. Honestly he should be running harder at his weight and at his size. I don’t see no difficulty in tackling him. . . . He’s just easy to me up front because I don’t look at any running back like that can’t be tackled.”

If that wasn’t enough, there’s this: “He’s not one of the best guys at breaking tackles to me honestly.”

If that wasn’t enough, there’s this: “He’s just a big body and when people look at him they’re scared to tackle him or they look at him and they’re scared to play aggressive. I think I’m the aggressor. I know I am.”

Clark is definitely the aggressor when it comes to the war of words. And that surely won’t make Henry any easier to tackle on Sunday.

It’s one thing to believe these things and to say them to teammates in the locker room or on the practice field. It’s quite another to say it publicly, to give Henry (who already is playing like a man on a mission) even more of a reason to be on a mission.

Or maybe Clark is writing the check in the hopes that his teammates will be willing to honor it on Sunday, even when it gets hurt to be run over by a freight train with a rocket up his rear end. Two years ago, it was Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis who made the ultimate business decision, declining to get in Henry’s way on a run that iced a Tennessee upset of the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Maybe Clark was simply daring his teammates to be willing to throw themselves in the path of the high-speed locomotive.

61 responses to “Frank Clark isn’t afraid of Derrick Henry — or of potentially stirring him up

  1. Lol if he’s not hard to hit then why did he have almost 200 yards rushing in the first meeting between these two teams? Can’t wait to watch this idiot get stiff armed and spun around like Earl Thomas did after also foolishly running his mouth.

  2. One thing you can count on Henry won’t have anything to say. Not with words at least. Count on him going for 200 all things considered

  3. Tannehill will be just fine he hasn’t and wont turn the ball over. With Henry running it the play action will kill you. Tanehill not throwing a lot of passes isn’t a problem,he’s throwing the ball in the endzone and connecting that’s what counts

  4. Oh Frank, that was just a stupid thing to say. Now its confirmed that you’re gonna get embarrassed on national tv…

  5. Just shut up and play! Stop Henry and you stop the Titans! Tannehill is just a former Johnny Football receiver!

  6. Smokepit
    He isn’t paid to make tackles. He is paid to get sacks. The entire Chiefs team has championship swagger. They talk, but they also back it up. Btw…. he wasn’t on the team two years ago. If he eats his words, great. But at least he is doing something to counter Henry Mania.

  7. Hey geniuses, Earl Thomas also weighs about 75 pounds less than Frank Clark. Derrick Henry isn’t “son’ing” a defensive linemen like he did with Earl Thomas. The Titans offensive lineman need to get more credit for getting that push allowing for Henry to get to that second level where he really has the advantage

  8. Henry’s O-line is the biggest thing for him. The Chiefs will sell out to stop him and make Tannehill beat them through the air. The Titans can’t keep up with the Chiefs offense. Chiefs 38 Titans 24

  9. slim2529 says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:02 pm
    Smokepit
    He isn’t paid to make tackles. He is paid to get sacks. The entire Chiefs team has championship swagger. They talk, but they also back it up. Btw…. he wasn’t on the team two years ago. If he eats his words, great. But at least he is doing something to counter Henry Mania.
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    ” But at least he is doing something to counter Henry Mania”. What’s he doing? Talking? Talk is cheap. He needs to show it on the field. We’ll find out tomorrow if he’s all talk or the real deal.

  10. Russell Wilson was wondering how Seattle can find a way to get past the second round of the playoffs. The way to do it is NOT to retain Frank Clark, since Seattle could not get past the second round with him and Wilson. The way to do it is for Seattle to switch quarterbacks with Kansas City, if that is possible. Kansas City has gone to the AFC championship game 2 years in a row, both times with Patrick Mahomes as starting quarterback. They could not go to AFC CG with Alex Smith or could they have done it with Russell Wilson.

  11. I’d prefer guys just shut up and play but a guy like Clark is something the Chiefs defense has missed for years. Lots of good defensive players… Berry, Derrick Johnson, Donnie Edwards, Hali, Houston but none with that vocal leadership.

    I’m not sure this is vocalization KC needs but it is different, and possibly an ingredient they’re missing.

    Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

  12. Lol. Get ready for the Titans train. Talk about bulletin board material. You can bet Vrabel uses this in his pregame festivities tomorrow.

  13. All this does is prove to me that Henry is in Clarks head. Hahaha
    You say all this because you are a DE that wont have to go face to face with Henry. Henry is your size running with speed, you standing still.. do the math man..

  14. When Henry is running right at you and you are the same size as him standing still you are going those that battle 100 out of 100 times.
    I hope Henry trucks him today just to prove a point.

  15. The Chiefs will win, but not because of Frank Clark. He is a solid pass rusher but can’t stop the run on his best day.

  16. Derrek Henry is running like the great Jim Brown/The Bus Jerrome Bettis. Epic playoff run he is on. Titans have the look of the 2007 Giants that went on to beat the Partriots. Both teams has a bruiser in a running back, QB that manages the game and a defense that steps up.

  17. Cold windy weather means accuracy is more important than ever for your QB, pinpoint the pass so the reciever’s cold hands can just diamond it in, cradle a long one, otherwise it’s going to bounce. Sound more like Tannehill to you, or Mahomes? And how many games this cold and windy has Tannehill played again? Bottom line, if Henry DOESN’T dominate, this won’t even be close.

  18. Is Clark even active today? Wait, that’s right, he was offside to keep the last drive alive, way to go Frank!

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    Oh man reading all your comments now is soo satisfying. You guys were all soo dead wrong, and Frank was dead on. King Henry rushing for 200 yards?? HA! try less than 70. Mahomes had more rushing yards than him. Y’all can stuff your monday-morning quarterback commenting in a sack and enjoy eating your words while watching the Super Bowl.

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