New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made it short and sweet when asked why Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry dominated his defense on Saturday night.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was the star of his team’s offense on Saturday night, as the New England Patriots simply had no answer for him in their 20-13 loss.
Henry dominated the defending Super Bowl champs to the tune of 182 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries, and he accounted for every single yard of a 75-yard drive that culminated with his score.
After the game, Belichick was short on words as to why Henry had such a great game when asked about it by the media pool, per Erik Bacharach of the Tennesseean.
Question: What were your thoughts on Derrick Henry’s performance? What made him a tough matchup to go against?
Belichick: He ran hard.
There you have it, folks. Perhaps the greatest head coach in all of sports history just gave us a detailed breakdown as to why Henry was as good as he was on Saturday night.
In reality, Henry was just trucking Patriots defenders, and the Titans’ offensive line, which has been sensational in the second half of the season, was regularly winning the battle upfront against New England’s defensive line.
And thankfully that was the case, as the Titans struggled to get anything going through the air against the Pats, finishing with 72 passing yards.
Henry continues to be the straw that stirs the drink in Tennessee, and it’s as clear as ever that the Titans must re-sign their star running back, who is set to be a free agent in 2020 and is coming off winning a rushing title with 1,540 yards in 2019.
With the way he’s going, Henry is going to command a lot of money, but based on how important he is to this Titans offense, it’s well-deserved and a price this franchise will have to seriously consider paying.
After all, the kind of talent and domination that Henry regularly displays doesn’t just grow on trees.