Can Derrick Henry run the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl

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Derrick Henry’s outlook for the Tennessee Titans

Henry has all of the tools in place a running back can ask for at his disposal: a good set of blocking receivers, a strong defense, and a run-first coach.

But Henry has already had a 2,000-yard season and that season led to an early bow-out in the playoffs to the Ravens where Henry only managed 40 yards.

This leads us back to the question at hand. Can Henry take a Tennessee team that overachieved without him last year and be the main guy on a championship team?

Looking back, the last time a running back led the league in rushing and won the Superbowl happened back in 1998 when Terrell Davis and the Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons.

With that in mind, six times the league-leading rusher since 1998 has missed the playoffs, but for the most part, teams with the leading rushers fizzle out in the wildcard or divisional rounds before they have the chance to reach the big game.

The good news is that the league-leading passer has never won a Superbowl, six have reached the Superbowl, but they have all lost. So that’s good news cause we can safely assume Ryan Tannehill will not be leading the league in this category.

Jokes aside, this year will be the most important of Henry’s career.

Ultimately, a bad year could damage his aspirations to be known as one of the greatest running backs of all time, but a good and healthy year could elevate him into the ring of honor of all-time great players, not just for the Tennessee Titans organization, but in NFL history.

But if Henry can lead the Tennessee Titans to a Superbowl… there would be no doubt in anyone’s mind who the King is.