Henry, the second-year running back out of Alabama, had his coming-out game against the Chiefs and seems ready to take over as the No. 1 rusher for the Titans, which would mean DeMarco Murray’s time in Tennessee could be coming to an end this offseason. Henry is fresh off of a career-high performance, claiming 156 yards rushing on 23 carries with one touchdown — in addition to two receptions for 35 yards. It’s clear that Tennessee’s success on offense is directly related to the success of Mariota and Henry.
If a certain coach (looking at you, Jon Gruden) leaves ESPN to join the Raiders, perhaps there’s an immediate spot for Arians to fill in.
Whether he does or not, if somebody picks Arians up for TV, they’ll be getting a good one. It’s safe to say by his reaction in telling his players he was done — he puts everything he has into what he does.
Mahomes getting in his work, too. Of all the rookie quarterbacks, things seem to be quietest around Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. That makes sense since his chances of starting were probably bleakest of the four guys who were drafted in the first 50 picks. Coming from Texas Tech, his learning curve was steep, for sure, but he also landed with a playoff team that had a veteran going into his fifth year as starter there. And nothing has changed there, of course. Alex Smith will be Andy Reid’s starter next Thursday in Foxboro. But that doesn’t mean progress hasn’t come.
As one coach explained it to me, Mahomes would break the huddle in May and just see 11 defenders. At this point, in late August, he’s identifying the front, and the number of defensive backs and linebackers and defensive linemen on the field, while also taking steps in making protection calls.
Mike Shanahan had a great theory on this—he wanted to draft Russell Wilson [in 2012], because if something happened to Robert [Griffin], the transition would be clean and easy. So Kaepernick almost has to be in a place where they’ll build a system for him, and teams don’t do that for backups. That’s why his name never even came up here.”