Mike Vrabel: We continue to jump on Derrick Henry’s back and he carries us

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Everyone who faces the Titans knows that they are going to get a heavy dose of running back Derrick Henry, but no one has been able to come up with a way to shut him down.

The Bills had done better than most in recent matchups, but they were not up to the task on Monday night. Henry opened Tennessee’s scoring with a 76-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and he’d add two more in the second half, including the 13-yard jaunt that put the TItans up for good in the fourth quarter.

Henry had 20 carries for 143 yards overall in the 34-31 win and head coach Mike Vrabel credited Henry with carrying the team to victory after the game.

“We continue to jump on Derrick’s back,” Vrabel said, via Gentry Estes of the Tennessean. “And he’s willing and able to carry us. It’s something that you know that you have in your back pocket, front pocket. We pull it out, and we use it.”

While it might feel like we’ve seen all of this from Henry before, there was actually a new twist to Monday’s performance. According to Next Gen Stats, Henry reached 21.8 mph on the 76-yard run. That’s the fastest speed any player has reached this season and the fastest speed Henry has reached in his career.

Henry said after the game that it was “still too slow” and future Titans opponents are likely bracing themselves against what comes next.

21 responses to “Mike Vrabel: We continue to jump on Derrick Henry’s back and he carries us

  1. Not a fan of either team but that was by far one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen in years on MNF.

  2. I said it in another thread. DH is the best player in the NFL right now. If he keeps this up, how do you not give him MVP?

  3. Wasnt he limited to like 40 yards when they lost in the playoffs last year. Is that not “figuring him out”?

    Insanely good player though

  4. mlhigh77 says:
    October 19, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Best back in the NFL. Hopefully, the team doesn’t run his wheels off.

    =================================

    I don’t think they have a choice. It’s either run his wheels off, or lose every game. Derrick Henry IS the Tennessee Titans.

  5. That’s how you eventually run a RB into the ground ala Todd Gurley, but it’s sure fun while it lasts.

  6. “eorge1859 says:
    October 19, 2021 at 8:50 am
    …and the refs taking back that TD kick off return doesn’t hurt either….”

    Don’t commit obvious penalties and they won’t throw the flag.
    The Bills’ mistakes cost them that game, not the refs or any other bogeyman.

  7. The way Henry is playing reminds me of Adrian Peterson’s MVP season. The Titans otherwise honestly aren’t very good so far this year, and he’s just willing them to win.

  8. Just as a side note, take away Henry’s 76 yard run and the Bill’s held him to 75 yards on 19 carries…

  9. george1859 says:
    October 19, 2021 at 8:50 am

    …and the refs taking back that TD kick off return doesn’t hurt either….

    …and if the dude doesn’t hold, there is no kick return TD.

  10. The injuries to the Titan’s was brutal during the game. There will be a few free agency signings by the Titans this week. They need OL and a few CBs.

  11. mlhigh77 says:
    October 19, 2021 at 7:17 am
    Best back in the NFL. Hopefully, the team doesn’t run his wheels off.

    **********************************************************************
    Derrick Henry’s got rubber to spare.

  12. Vrabel had better hope that DH doesn’t get hurt, because the Titans are a very beatable team without him.

  13. Just as a side note, take away Henry’s 76 yard run and the Bill’s held him to 75 yards on 19 carries…

    ———

    And 2 TDs. Even if you take away the long TD run as an outlier, Henry had a very solid performance.

    But that’s the thing about Derrick Henry: huge TD runs really aren’t an outlier. On that play, most NFL RBs pick up maybe 20-30 yards…if they break that first tackle. Derrick Henry turns a single broken tackle into a 76-yard touchdown run, Very few players have that ability…and that’s a big part of what makes Henry special.

    Another huge factor is that Henry has an enormous workload compared to other NFL RBs…yet he’s still available week after week after week without ever breaking down.

    Over the past 2-3 years, Derrick Henry’s performance and production has ranked among the greatest runners in the history of the game. Instead of looking for excuses to diminish his accomplishments, I suggest that you simply appreciate it for what it is. We’re watching one of the most dominant and explosive RBs in NFL history in his prime . Just enjoy it.

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