Kansas City defender Frank Clark had more trash talk for Derrick Henry after Chiefs beat Titans
The Tennessee Titans’ “Cinderella run” in the NFL playoffs is over with a 35-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Former Alabama standout Derrick Henry’s performances in the first two rounds made NFL history, but in the AFC Championship Game, he was held to just 69 rushing yards on 19 carries. Unsurprisingly, Kansas City defender Frank Clark had something to say about Henry’s performance.
“They come in here, they say they’re gonna run the ball,” Clark told NFL Network’s James Palmer. “I know exactly what they were gonna do, you watching that film, you know what they’re going to do. … Over 200 yards each game. I knew damn well we wasn’t going to win the game if we let that happen. They come in here, he runs for 70 yards, they call him the best rusher in the league. We sendin’ his ass home early.”
Clark got the attention of fans and media members when he declared Henry was “just a big guy” and not hard to tackle ahead of the game:
“He’s not hard to hit. He’s just a big guy. 240, 245, 250, honestly he should be running harder at his weight and at his size. I don’t see no difficulty in tackling him… He’s just easy to me up front because I don’t look at any running back like they can’t be tackled. He’s not one of the best guys at breaking tackles to me honestly.”
Clark leaves the game the winner and got the last laugh against Henry, but his gloating doesn’t tell the whole story. Henry had a touchdown run on a direct snap play in the first half. Kansas City’s offense may deserve more credit for Henry only rushing for 69 yards as the Titans got away from running the ball with Henry when trailing the Chiefs 28-17.
“Yeah, I guess there were a lot of things we could’ve done differently.”
Mike Vrabel reflects on the decision to go away from Derrick Henry down 28-17. pic.twitter.com/Wqcqd9qHIA
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