Detroit Lions deactivated wide receiver Titus Young during the final series of their 24-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago and sent him packing home for nine days. Although the Detroit Lions previously gave no reasoning behind its disciplinary actions against Titus Young, we now have the specifics via a report by Dave Birkett (Detroit Free Press).
During the Week 11 game, Titus Young supposedly lined up in the wrong position during the game, which instigated a fight between the Detroit Lions coaching staff. However after Titus Young lined-up on the wrong place on several occasions, the Detroit Lions coaches figured out what was going on. Titus Young then mouthed off to receivers’ coach Shawn Jefferson and was benched by the Detroit Lions for the rest of the night.
The second-year receiver Titus Young was apparently upset that he was being targeted enough with the ball during the game and retaliated by trying to sabotage the Detroit Lion’s passing offense (which ranks No.1 in the league).
Titus Young was the Detroit Lions’ No.2 receiver when he hurt his future opportunities by responding immaturely and selfishly in the game. However on his first day of returning to practice on Wednesday, Titus Young was demoted to the second-string offense and took the last spot in most of the drills. The 23-year-old Titus Young needs to show some credibility before he can earn back the Detroit Lions’ trust again.
“We needed some time apart to get some stuff straight,” said Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Wednesday. “(Titus Young) came out today and worked hard, did his job, and that’s what we expect of him.”
The Detroit Lions had Titus Young deactivated in last week’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Houston Texans and still Jim Schwartz won’t commit to putting him back in team jersey against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.
“We’ll see, as we get later in the week, who we think the best 46 to play the Colts are and if he’s one of them, he will,” stated Jim Schwartz. “If not, then he’ll go back to work and work the next week.”
At the wide receiver spot, divas are still a dime a dozen in the NFL, with vulnerable emotionality, temperamental capacities and often attracting attention to seek approval from outsiders.
And players like Randy Moss have been heard of giving up on plays. During the later phase of his 2010 season with the Minnesota Vikings Randy Moss noticeably took a big no-no to running routes or blocking when knew the ball wasn’t coming his way.
In today's ultra-competitive NFL, you need on 53-players on the roster putting the team first on the field rather than solely focusing on their production.
However, Titus Young’s been exceptional when playing with a sane head. After all, Titus Young had 48 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season. And Titus Young was onto another promising season, making 33 receptions for 383 yards and four touchdowns while playing 10 games.
But the question remains can the Detroit Lions trust Titus Young to have their back? And how can Detroit Lions (4-7) claim with a straight face that they’re competing for the playoffs this year when the team need’s straight wins in the next games against Indianapolis, Green Bay, Atlanta, as well as Chicago; and have issues such as with Titus Young on their hands.