What’s it feel like to tackle Tennessee Titans running back, Derrick Henry? Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu explained.
One of the hardest things to do in the NFL these days is to tackle Tennessee Titans running back, Derrick Henry.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who will be the Titans’ opponent in the AFC Championship game this Sunday, already know what that’s like. In their Week 10 matchup against the Titans, the Chiefs saw first hand just how hard bring Henry down can be.
Henry finished the game with 188 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, and the Titans went on to win, 35-32.
Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu explained what it’s like to tackle Henry, and he also thought that the Alabama product had broken his jaw in the aforementioned game, per CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco.
Mathieu’s experience trying to tackle the 6-foot-3, 247-pound back goes beyond this season. The safety was a member of the Houston Texans in 2018 and played two games against Henry, although the former second-round pick wasn’t as heavily used as he has been in 2019.
For those Chiefs players who have been with the team for longer than Mathieu, they certainly remember the previous time these two teams met.
That occurred in the 2017 playoffs when the Titans beat the Chiefs in the Wild Card round with a thrilling comeback victory, 22-21.
In that game, Henry also gashed the Chiefs on the ground, finishing with 23 carries for 156 yards (his longest run was for 35 yards) and a touchdown. For good measure, Henry added two catches for 35 yards.
The amazing thing about the lore of Henry’s ability to run through people is that he’s already in a player’s head before they actually have to square him up and tackle him on the field.
And even if a player thinks he’s ready to take down King Henry (see: Earl Thomas), reality sets in very quickly once he runs into said player for the first time.