It’s sounding more and more like the Lions are done with the immaturity and ways of talented wide out Titus Young.
Young won’t be on the field Thanksgiving day vs the Texans, as he was sent home from the Lions’ practice facility Monday. Lions coach Jim Schwartz stated that Young won’t be active for the annual game on Thursday.
Schwartz is sitting Young as punishment after the wide out had what’s being called “selfish behavior” during the Lions loss to the Packers at Ford Field Sunday afternoon.
The Lions coach said that for now, Young will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis, but it sounds like the Lions are a little more thank ticked about Young’s ways.
“When you play a game like football it’s a team sport and players have obligations to the team and Titus hasn’t done a very good job of fulfilling those obligations this week and recently,” Schwartz said. “He’ll be inactive this week and we’ll plug the other guys in and go on.”
There were two times on Sunday that Young lined up in the wrong position. One of those times was a critical fourth quarter series when the Lions couldn’t get a yard.
That mistake led to a verbal confrontation with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson that precipitated a shouting match between Jefferson and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan that was caught by Fox TV cameras.
The second time for Young came with just about 2 minutes left with the Lions down by a point. Young lined up in the slot receiver position to quarterback Matthew Stafford’s left, where tight end Tony Scheffler was supposed to be.
When Scheffler motioned into the slot, Young waved him back outside.
Schwartz said Young’s misalignment screwed up the play and caused confusion, and it led to a false start by Gosder Cherilus that left the Lions in a big 2nd down and 15.
The next three passes by Stafford were all incomplete, and the game was basically over.
“With Gosder, he was sitting in the blocks way too long,” Schwartz said. “Anybody that’s ever run track, you can’t keep guys in the blocks that long and it was because of the situation with getting aligned.”