“People are Intimidated by Derrick Henry” – Mike Tomlin Lauds Tennessee Titans Running Back

Published 10/21/2020, 3:00 PM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) avoids a tackle from Houston Texans free safety Eric Murray (23) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


After six weeks, Mike Vrabel-led Tennessee Titans find themselves riding the NFL wave with a five-game winning streak. A major reason for their success is the consistency of quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. But, another key performer for the Titans is Heisman Trophy-winning running back, Derrick Henry.

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Henry put in another stellar display for the Titans on the weekend as they outplayed Deshaun Watson-led Houston Texans. On 22 carries, Henry rushed for 212 yards with two rushing TDs to his name. He also scored the game-winning TD in OT, which gave the Titans their fifth win of the season.

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Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry having an MVP caliber season in 2020

DERRICK HENRY GAME-WINNING TD IN OT 😤

This man is special.

(via @Titans)pic.twitter.com/cpBtT1z8Rn

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 18, 2020

After a game-winning display in Week Six, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is well aware of the danger posed by Titans running back Derrick Henry. Here’s what the experienced NFL coach said about ‘King Henry’ ahead of Sunday’s game at the LP Field.

“There are people that are intimidated by him, and there are tangible things to be intimidated by. This is like Bud Dupree running the football. This guy gets into your secondary, it’s like trying to tackle a guy like Bud, except he’s faster than Bud.”

“You can see DBs having issues with that. Hopefully, we minimize the amount of time that our guys are in those circumstances, and hopefully, when our guys are in those circumstances, they do what they have to do-they do what the job requires them to do,”  Tomlin told the Steelers Depot.

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Oct 13, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) scores during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Titans have a perfect 5-0 record. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry are the two standout performers on Mike Vrabel’s efficient team. Henry has rushed for 588 yards in five games this season with six rushing TDs.

On the other hand, the Steelers are also unbeaten heading into Week Seven. Ben Roethlisberger, Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron, and Juju Smith-Schuster have all been terrific for the Pennsylvania-based outfit. But, will Mike Tomlin’s side manage to silence ‘King Henry’? Watch this space for more.

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