Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark spoke about Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry during Super Bowl Media Day on Monday.
Despite having all-time success in the playoffs up until that game, Clark poo-pooed Henry as a runner, basically saying Henry was nothing special in terms of having to tackle the Alabama product.
And, in the end, Clark and the Chiefs had the last laugh, as Henry was held to just 69 yards on 19 carries in the Titans’ 35-24 loss in the AFC title game.
Following the game, Clark was emotional and had a bit of trash talk for Henry in a post game interview on the field.
On the first Super Bowl Media Day on Monday, Clark was asked about Henry again and went on to compliment the back, saying “he’s one of the best running backs in the league”, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
"“I think he’s a great running back. I think he’s one of the best running backs in the league, I just think at the end of the day, at that moment when you were playing us that you wasn’t going to be the best running back in the league. That’s not just Derrick Henry, that’s anybody whose name you insert into that slot… at the end of the day I’m a competitor. I feel like in order to call yourself one of the best competitors in the world, if you don’t feel that way, I don’t want to be a team then.”"
Of course, Clark also made it clear he didn’t care if the Titans took his trash talk as disrespect.
"“If they took that as disrespect or whoever, I really don’t care… at the end of the day you got to deal with me on the field. If you can’t deal with me on the field, that’s your problem.”"
Clark was mostly quiet on the stat sheet against the Titans, as he totaled four tackles and one sack. The sack came near the end of the game when the contest had already been decided.
The real difference maker was defensive tackle Chris Jones and the entirety of Kansas City’s defensive line that was able to stifle Henry and the Titans’ ground game en route to one of its worst performances of the 2019 campaign.
Clark and the Chiefs will meet the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on February 2nd.