Within 24 hours, Amy Adams Strunk released a statement that Mularkey's job was secure, and this mini-drama may indeed be over nearly before it began, but as Morgan said, "We all know what Mike's meant to this team, how much he's changed the culture here".
"I think he does a great job on letting us know what they are and as players we listen to him and being coachable and tune out the noise". We're scratching the surface in what he can do. "You do all the meetings, and walk-throughs, and March, April, May, June try to work out and be prepared for the season, and you get through it and you make it through a whole season and have a chance to compete with everything at stake", he said.
"I have no question that Derrick can be a 1,500-1,800-yard type of running back when he gets the opportunities".
The top-seeded Patriots (13-3 SU, 11-5 ATS) won't ever admit so publicly, but they are thrilled to face the Titans instead of the high-powered Chiefs, who opened the 2017 season with a shocking 42-27 upset victory at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots had the NFL's 20th-ranked rush defense during the regular season, allowing a 100-yard rusher four times. The Titans need a big game out of Henry. It's the playoffs now, it's one-and-done if you lose, so you just keep on preparing, looking forward.
Since 1997, the Patriots are 19-3 SU and 13-8-1 ATS in 22 postseason home games per the OddsShark NFL Database.
There has been no better closer than Henry.
The Patriots gave up an average of 4.7 yards per carry to opposing ball-carriers, the second-highest figure in the NFL.
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"Now that the tide is turning, DeMarco is out".
"We do what we always do", he said. "He's handled himself extremely well".
Henry said he plans to be a downhill, physical runner like he was last week against the Chiefs, when he set a Titans franchise playoff record with 191 yards from scrimmage. Both times they haven't, they've lost their first road playoff game (in both cases to the Denver Broncos). "Nobody wanted to tackle him, and it looked like that again out there", cornerback said. Yet the Falcons went into the Coliseum and took firm control of the game from start to finish, largely because only six players on the Rams roster had playoff experience of any kind. A playoff team can't reasonably expect to win with only 195 passing yards and a minus-2 turnover ratio, so Tennessee was fortunate to win that game.
"The one thing you got to try to do is not let him read you like a book, which he's very adept at", LeBeau said. It's hard to envision any miraculous comebacks against a Bill Belichick-coached team.
Henry's balance between running downhill and attacking the Patriots outside the hashes will be interesting to watch. Tennessee finished last in the National Football League in both DVOA and passing yardage allowed to running backs.
"So, I just think guys are motivated by playing for each other, their families more than an ESPN article".
And though the Titans finished the regular season just 9-7 and were certainly not thought to make it this far, if the Patriots want to advance they'll have to be focus on the Titans a lot more than the rest of New England is. Getting hands up and deflecting balls, which could lead to interceptions, is key.
Murray might be able to run straight, but cutting would still be hard.