Former Tennessee Titans linebacker calls on fans after Derrick Henry injury

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The Tennessee Titans’ season isn’t over just because Derrick Henry is going to miss some time, but the next few weeks will be important.

It is easy to forget, but the Titans are 6-2 with a 3.5-game lead in the AFC South. The easiest way to think about that is that it means that even if the Indianapolis Colts won every remaining game this season, the Titans would only have to win 6 of their last 9 to win the AFC South.

This Titans team has been built around the idea that the offense is going to run the ball down your throat until you stop them. When the defense finally overcompensates to stop the run, Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown, and Julio Jones will be there to gash you with the play-action pass.

Losing Derrick Henry is absolutely a bad thing and no one wanted it to happen, but that is still how the Titans are going to run this offense which is why they brought in Adrian Peterson to command respect.

It isn’t just going to fall on A.D. though, everyone has to step up including the fans.

Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Gerald McRath actually had an interesting take on this:

There is no question that the Tennessee Titans have had more fan support in 2021 than at any other time in the last decade. Despite some season ticket holders hoarding their tickets and selling them to the away team to make a quick buck, the fans that have been in the stadium have been spectacular.

Now is not the time for Titans fans to sit on their hands. With every talking head in the media calling the Titans season over [insert eye-roll here], fans need to keep showing up and being loud.

Think about it like this, even though Derrick Henry is gone the Titans still have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL right now, A.J. Brown who is playing at an elite level, one of the most clutch QBs in the NFL in Ryan Tannehill, a shutdown cornerback in Kristian Fulton who is about to come back, Kevin Byard who is playing at an All-Pro level,  Julio Jones who seems to catch a 50-yard pass every time he is healthy, a fresh Adrian Peterson, and the list goes on and on.

Fans have done a great job supporting this Titans team even after Week 1 shocked the fan base. There is optimism that Derrick Henry will be back either a few weeks before or at the start of the playoffs, so imagine how terrifying it would be if opposing teams knew they had to go into Nissan Stadium and face this talented roster with a rested Derrick Henry and a wild group of fans.