Hello, Derrick Henry: Titans decide to cut DeMarco Murray

Strangely, the Tennessee Titans coaching staff stubbornly stuck with DeMarco Murray as the lead of their tailback committee last season, even though Murray was in the middle of an awful season.

Late last season the choice was taken out of their hands due to a Murray injury, and Derrick Henry emerged as a fantastic option in a job he should have had long before. Last season’s Titans coaching staff was moved out, and the new staff won’t be able to screw up the Murray-Henry decision because Murray has been informed he’ll be cut.

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After the playoffs, there was no other reasonable option. Henry, a former Heisman Trophy winner and second-round pick, had 156 yards rushing in a great comeback wild-card win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Henry has been up and down in his career, but it’s unfair to judge him because he had to share time with Murray. Now we’ll see if he can handle the load.

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Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) gets past Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is tackled by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan (91) during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) catches a pass against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is helped off the field against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) is tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith (33) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) reaches for a pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is pushed out of bounds by Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) celebrates after an interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: A detail of a fan's haircut during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs stretches the ball over the goal line after breaking the tackle of free safety Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled after making a catch during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs high fives teammate wide receiver Albert Wilson #12 after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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In 2016 Murray revived his career in Tennessee after an awful 2015 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, but then 2017 wasn’t so kind. Murray had just 659 rushing yards in 15 games before an injury ended his season. The former Dallas Cowboys star has had a ton of touches in his career, with more than 1,600 regular-season carries, and is 30 years old. Memories of his great 2014 season with the Cowboys or his 2016 season with Tennessee could lead to another shot as a starter, but it would be risky given how much mileage he has put on his legs.

It’s time for a new era in Tennessee. The Titans have a new coach in Mike Vrabel. They’ll have a new featured back in 2018, too.

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