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RB Derrick Henry


Q. It felt like the game was going like you wanted it to for a long stretch. How tough was it to see the way it turned at the end?

DERRICK HENRY: We put drives together, we were moving the ball. We had a lead, but we had some mishaps late and it cost us.

Q. Did you get a look at what happened on the strip sack?

DERRICK HENRY: No, I didn't. I didn't see what happened.

Q. Did they adjust or do anything different defensively in the second half?

DERRICK HENRY: They made some adjustments for the defense, as far as the personnel they put in, and we struggled to execute.

Q. What does it feel like knowing when you leave here, it's going to be a different team next year, that you played with some of these guys for the last time?

DERRICK HENRY: I told the guys that I appreciate their efforts. We went through some adversity this year. Adversity builds character, and I feel like everybody showed that, coming to work, making no excuses. We made each other better in all three phases, and just kept working. We kept our head up, believing in what we do, and that's all you can do, is appreciate it. If they're here or anywhere else, I'll be friendly.

Q. Through the adversity, did you learn anything new about yourself this season?

DERRICK HENRY: It's just life. You're going to go through things, they're not going to happen the way you want them to. You just keep swinging, keep pushing, keep fighting, keep working and good (things) will happen for you. Just put faith in the man above.

Q. What was the toughest part – inconsistencies with the offense, you guys had so many injuries, you had three different quarterbacks. What was the toughest part about dealing with inconsistencies with the offense week-in and week-out?

DERRICK HENRY: That was tough, seeing guys go down, not being in the lineup with us with the work they put in throughout the season. Guys did a great job stepping in and doing whatever they could to

play like a starter and prepare like one as well, and I'm just thankful for that. Like I said, we're all in this together, so whatever happens on the field and the results, it's all on us, and we're a team.

Q. Josh (Dobbs) was your teammate only a couple of weeks. How do you think he did, and what do you say to him?

DERRICK HENRY: I say, 'Thank you.' Thank you for coming in and learning the system quick. Thank you for giving us a chance. I appreciate his leadership, from the time that he got here, and the way he worked. It was fun having him, and he has a bright future.

Q. Starting out 7-3 and losing out to make the playoffs, how shocking is that for you guys? Could you ever imagine a finish like that to a season?

DERRICK HENRY: I mean, nobody wants to finish how we did. It's never the plan, never the goal. But, like I said, stuff happens, adversity happens. Did we want to win the division and have a great record? Yeah, but it didn't happen this year, so what are you going to do? It's over with now. All we can do is go back to work and be thankful for the journey and everybody and their efforts, and look forward to next year.

Q. What does this offense need to get back to being productive like it was recently?

DERRICK HENRY: Get everybody healthy. And the game just ended, and I'm not going to get into all that. But the guys who were in there tried to do the best they could. That's all you can hope for. We had guys that went down, starters go down. Guys had to step up and earn their place, and I feel like we did a great job and the best that they can. That's all you can wish for, that's all you can hope for. I'm not going to get into what this offense needs, this and that. The game just ended. There will be plenty of time to answer those questions on the things we need to fix.

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