Derrick Henry: The fourth-down stop will play in my mind every day until we play again

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Titans running back Derrick Henry returned to play in the playoffs after a foot injury that required surgery sidelined him for the second half of the season.

But the results weren’t what he or the Titans wanted.

Henry rushed for 62 yards on 20 carries with a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the 19-16 loss to the Bengals. Henry’s longest run of the game was 9 yards.

But Henry was arguably less effective than D’Onta Foreman, who rushed for 66 yards on four carries and ripped off a 45-yard gain in the third quarter. That was before one of quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s three interceptions ended the scoring threat.

Henry also came up short in one of the game’s biggest moments. On fourth-and-1 from the Cincinnati 35 with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter, Henry was stuffed for a 2-yard loss and a turnover on downs.

“It’s always disappointing when you come up short in anything,” Henry said after the game, via Mike Organ of the Tennessean. “That play will definitely play in the back of [my] mind every day until we play again.”

Still, Henry said he got through the game fine health-wise. He ended up playing 30 snaps — 57 percent of Tennessee’s offensive workload.

“I felt good and tried to do the best I could to contribute,” Henry said. “I wanted to do my part to help us win.”

But it was the Bengals who came out on top.

26 responses to “Derrick Henry: The fourth-down stop will play in my mind every day until we play again

  1. The bigger issue is why the hell Vrabel called for Tannehill to run it on 3rd and 1. Henry makes it easy there.

  2. He hesitated because there was no hole between the tackles and he looked to kick it outside. Execution up front was lacking. The big boys on the o-line got beat.

    They were close enough for a sneak, but they called a play that took too long to develop.

  3. Guy could fall down and get 3 yards. There was an uncharacteristic hesitation there. Rust or fear of re-injury. If this game was played in week 3, he runs over those guys.

  4. The Titans came up short and choked in the Divisional Round, yes, but overachieved for the season. I mean overachieved in a positive way. I think Vrabel is a good coach, demonstrated by their W/L Record vs. Injury situation. Running teams don’t suffer a Derrick Henry loss and keep on trucking like the Titans did this year.

  5. The Henry call shoulda been on 3rd down. 4th down RPO, play action. Stupid OC. EVERYONE KNEW WHAT WAS COMING.

  6. More importantly, while he was medically cleared it was clear he wasn’t in prime Henry shape. He got the carries because of who he is, not what he could bring to the team on that particular day.

  7. Henry wasn’t himself. He had a couple nice runs when he had some room, but he seemed to weaken late in the game. He wasn’t even 90%. But that was probably their best chance. I can’t second guess anything. I think Vrabel has done as good a job coaching as anyone in the league. Most of the “geniuses” have elite QB’s. Belichick and Sean Payton can’t win without their elite QB’s. I’m surprised at the amount of success Vrabel has had, and that’s why I think he’s the top coach.

  8. Frustrates me to see so many teams, on 4th and 1, hand the ball to the RB 6 yards deep in the backfield , so now he needs 7 yards for a first down.

  9. The real issue here is PKer Randy Bullock. From the same distance and situation, Bengals attempt a FG. Titans (rightfully) have no faith in Bullock unless it’s a gimme or required desperation. Bengals won because of their place kicker. 9ers won because of their special teams. There aren’t as many ST plays as O or D but they are every bit as important given yds/play, field position differential, % of plays involved in potential points, % of plays with penalties or turnovers, etc. Only one coach has truly understood this through the years, Belichick. As analytics (which are both good, and bad, if you don’t know how to use them) evolve in football, my guess is more will realize just how important STs are if you want to be a legit contender.

  10. One man I don’t think needs to shoulder more blame that’s on others plates is Henry. He Carries a lot of the weight of that team in every sense. HE makes Tannehill better not the other way around. As for that play call I didn’t like counter from left to right if the formation it made pursuit catch up, made him turn his shoulders neither of which is ideal for that situation. Let him plant at the snap and drive straight forward without that hitch and he has a much better shot. IMO

  11. charliecharger says:
    January 23, 2022 at 12:51 pm
    Henry wasn’t himself. He had a couple nice runs when he had some room, but he seemed to weaken late in the game. He wasn’t even 90%. But that was probably their best chance. I can’t second guess anything. I think Vrabel has done as good a job coaching as anyone in the league. Most of the “geniuses” have elite QB’s. Belichick and Sean Payton can’t win without their elite QB’s. I’m surprised at the amount of success Vrabel has had, and that’s why I think he’s the top coach.

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    NE just qualified for the postseason with a rookie qb, one of the better ones in modern nfl history, and BB is Exec of the Year and a finalist for Coach of the year.

    Mac Jones is currently on a Joe Burrow style path. Try to keep up.

    BB also coached Matt Cassell, a guy whi hadn’t played a full game since high school, to an 11-5 record in 2008.

    I like facts and reality.

    Please do not compare Mike Vrable or Sean Payton to BB ever again, Mr. Clueless.

  12. He tried his best…tend to think he was rushed out early…remember, he has a steel plate in one foot. Dont think u can get as much power with that. A slight difference but enough in those two situations…the 2 pt conversion n the 4th n 1 to make a difference. King Henry wasnt even a Prince.

  13. Let it go Henry, your coached botched that whole sequence. Running Tannyhill on 3rd made no sense and going for it on 4th “everyone” knew who was going to get the ball. You had no chance before the ball was even snapped.

  14. If they kick the extra point early in the game they would only need to run out the clock…….gambled and lost…..

  15. Tannehill was done years ago. Any backup QB in the league would get the titans the same distance.

  16. touchback6 says:
    January 23, 2022 at 1:30 pm
    charliecharger says:
    January 23, 2022 at 12:51 pm
    Henry wasn’t himself. He had a couple nice runs when he had some room, but he seemed to weaken late in the game. He wasn’t even 90%. But that was probably their best chance. I can’t second guess anything. I think Vrabel has done as good a job coaching as anyone in the league. Most of the “geniuses” have elite QB’s. Belichick and Sean Payton can’t win without their elite QB’s. I’m surprised at the amount of success Vrabel has had, and that’s why I think he’s the top coach.

    9 1 Rate This

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    NE just qualified for the postseason with a rookie qb, one of the better ones in modern nfl history, and BB is Exec of the Year and a finalist for Coach of the year.

    Mac Jones is currently on a Joe Burrow style path. Try to keep up.

    BB also coached Matt Cassell, a guy whi hadn’t played a full game since high school, to an 11-5 record in 2008.

    I like facts and reality.

    Please do not compare Mike Vrable or Sean Payton to BB ever again, Mr. Clueless

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    Here is a fact: BB’s defense just played the worst game in the history of the NFL. 7 possessions….7 TDs.

  17. Props to Henry for making it back, but I didn’t think he would hit the ground running after one practice. Henry had 3.1 yards per carry while Foreman had 66 yards on 4 carries. Makes me feel like the titans forced the ball to henry.

  18. Can we just give the Bengals defense some credit? They have shut down more than a few prime running teams.
    We also had a few teams run all over us when we lost our main LB.
    (Came back a couple games ago…)
    The Bengals are not the world’s greatest defense, but we aren’t slouched that can be played one dimensionally either.

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