Derrick Henrymade history last weekend in leading the Titans to a massive upset win over the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens, and there's no hiding who powers Tennessee now.
Stopping -- or at least tackling -- Henry is a weekly topic among Tennessee opponents in these playoffs. Last week, Ravens safety Earl Thomassaid it was a mindset thing, not being afraid to approach the hulking running back, adding he believed his defense was built differently. That didn't bear out in Henry's 195-yard performance, so it's time for the next opponent to try a new approach.
"You gotta just take his legs out -- we talked all week -- to kill the engine," Hitchens said. "Hit him in his thighs and his legs. Chop him down. If you tackle him high, he tends to carry you for about five more yards. Hit him low. All legal and within the game, but yeah, just hit him lower."
Henry finished second in the NFL this season in yards gained after a defender closed within one yard at 4.7 per attempt, per Next Gen Stats. That mark jumped to 5.5 yards per attempt in the postseason, an illustration that he's not going down easily in the games that matter most.
Hitchens' approach is as old as the game itself: Chop down trees by attacking their base. It's just easier said than done, and leaves a defense vulnerable to being stiff-armed into the turf.