Lions send Titus Young home for a week for bad behavior

AP

Titus Young, the Lions’ troubled young wide receiver, is being sent home for the week.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said today that Young was told to go home when he showed up at the facility today, and he will be inactive for the Thanksgiving game against the Texans. Schwartz said he doesn’t expect Young to participate in practice this week.

Although Schwartz didn’t explain exactly what Young had done wrong, he said Young’s behavior was affecting the team negatively. Young was believed to be the catalyst for the argument that Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and receivers coach Shawn Jefferson had on Sunday. Schwartz said today that Linehan and Jefferson are fine and “on the same side” in whatever is going on with Young.

Schwartz also said Young has been putting himself above the team, and Schwartz wants Young to know that’s not going to be tolerated.

“It’s your job to make the team happy, it’s not the team’s job to make you happy,” Schwartz said.

Young had two penalties in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, a false start and an offensive pass interference. Additionally, a false start by Lions offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus apparently happened because quarterback Matthew Stafford yelled something to Young about being lined up in the wrong place, and when Cherilus heard Stafford yell, Cherilus thought Stafford was signaling for the snap. Young caught only one of the six passes thrown to him on Sunday.

This is the second time this year the Lions have sent Young home for bad behavior. During offseason workouts, Young was sent packing because he sucker punched teammate Louis Delmas.

52 responses to “Lions send Titus Young home for a week for bad behavior

  1. Not very “Sr.” of you, Mr Young…

    He didn’t seem to have these issues at Boise State. Schwartz must be running a loose ship

  2. Lions’ coaches and players were laughing at the suggestion by Greg Jennings that they had maturity issues.

    Now to quote Greg Jennings – “There’s that big Dougie smile!”

  3. Lions should trade Calvin Johnson to New Orleans for Sean Peyton. They’d win a lot more games. He’s the only one that can make a winning team out of a good QB and WRs, and a bunch of losers.

  4. Kind of funny that he and Randall Cobb were drafted in the same round of the same year, and both had similar ratings – undersized “jack of all trade” WRs. Lions took Young before the Packers took Cobb. How has that worked out for both teams?

  5. @adelphos33

    You don’t remember him having issues at Boise, probably because you didn’t pay attention. Do a quick Google search and you’ll see he had issues there too. Do you know how Shwartz handles his team behind closed doors? Didn’t think so. He rarely puts ANYTHING out in the media good or bad. Read some of the Lions beat writers and you’ll find plenty of examples where Shwartz has diciplined his team and held them accountable for what they do. Just because it doesn’t get national headlines or he doesn’t parade it around doesn’t mean he doesn’t do anything.

  6. When will teams learn to just not draft people like this in the first 3-4 rounds? Every year they get warned and a vast majority of these players cause problems. I don’t get it. Coach Schwartz and the front office get what they deserve I guess.

  7. Good job bringing Schwartz, Young, Suh, and every other underperforming, loudmouth distraction Detroit. Your team has a real future. This is a boat that is taking on water fast.

  8. I said it before in Titus Young stories on here, we drafted Ryan Broyles to REPLACE Young…. He’s a good talent, but his attitude and behavior on and off the field is going to end his career very early if he doesn’t change….

  9. He needs to learn the game is alot bigger then one person and hes not even one of the good players on the team. Him and Suh are so full of them selves and both are overrated and imature. Lions have taken to many risks and they dont have a coach that can handle those kind of players. You have to look at the maturity level of the player not just there talent.

  10. I love these people on here calling Schwartz a loud mouth. He very rarely says anything to the media. I’ve heard every presser with him and seriously have no idea what you clowns are talking about. I know its cute right now to hate the lions but some of you are just really stupid.

  11. Hear me out on this….

    Part of the blame on Young lies with Megatron.

    You are a 100M+ player. You need to assert some leadership. The idea of a knucklehead at your position screwing your team is troubling.

  12. Titus Young should be traded this offseason. The culture of this team has to change, and trading Young would be one major step in the right direction. Not only has he been a major hothead, he’s not producing on the field.

    Some team will trade a draft pick for him (5-7th round pick) and that’s more valuable than a underachieving, hothead, penalty-ridden WR.

    Lions need to focus their offseason on changing the culture of this team and drafting players that will make an immediate impact.

    Corey Williams (not resign), Titus Young (trade/cut), Cliff Avril (leave via FA), Justin Durrant (Cut) are just a few players that will be gone next year.

  13. binkystevens says:
    Nov 19, 2012 5:35 PM

    Kind of funny that he and Randall Cobb were drafted in the same round of the same year, and both had similar ratings – undersized “jack of all trade” WRs. Lions took Young before the Packers took Cobb. How has that worked out for both teams?

    ————————————————–

    Well, after all, Cobb is a system receiver.

    Of course, it’s a great system!

    And Randall has shown himself to be a disciplined receiver learning under Jennings, Nelson, and of course, Driver!

    And Edgar Benett has shown himself to be a fine receivers coach in Green Bay.

  14. Word around the campfire is that Mayhew drafted Broyles as a safeguard against Titus Young continuing to act like a fool.

    Some might call that a good move. But, reviewing a good post above about Titus being drafted in the same round, before Cobb, things could have been much different. The Leos could have Cobb, no problems, no need to reach for Broyles *and* could have used that pick on a solid CB.

    Titus young did a lot of damage. Go Lions.

  15. The first thing the Lions brass should do, if they give Titus another chance, is to remove the “Sr.” off of his jersey name. Only well-prepared, well-executing teams, that know how to win, should be allowed to have fun with silly things.

    Also, I almost fell over when I saw that Leshoure also started wearing the “Sr.” on his jersey name yesterday. I think Leshoure is a keeper, but he’d be wise to not follow along with the silly ideas of an outcast.

  16. Apparently young talent goes to Detroit to become troubled talent. Young had some issues early on at BSU, but ended up being a pretty stand up guy. Suh never seemed to have any issues prior to getting into the NFL

  17. primetime0552 says: Nov 19, 2012 5:39 PM

    Do you know how Shwartz handles his team behind closed doors? Didn’t think so. He rarely puts ANYTHING out in the media good or bad. Just because it doesn’t get national headlines or he doesn’t parade it around doesn’t mean he doesn’t do anything.
    ================================
    Ya, how’s that workin’ out for him? Not good, by the fact he has to keep doing it! Like father, like sons!

  18. okieviacal says: Nov 19, 2012 6:31 PM

    How did Suh come into the conversation? He’s been quiet pretty much all season.
    ==========================
    He sure has been quiet, off and on the field!

  19. Seriously, there are so many Lions haters out there it’s ridiculous. They are a young team that are learning from their mistakes. Schwartz never lost control of this team. He has complete control. They will learn from there mistakes this past offseason and mistakes on the field and they will grow. Unfortunately this season has gone down the drain. Next year. Can’t wait!

  20. adelphos33 says: Nov 19, 2012 5:26 PM

    Not very “Sr.” of you, Mr Young…
    He didn’t seem to have these issues at Boise State. Schwartz must be running a loose ship
    ——
    He definitely had those issues at Boise State. He was suspended for off-field behavior and benched for on-field behavior. If he hadn’t been so fast and adept at locating the deep pass he would have been dismissed from the team.

  21. lazzzz says:
    Nov 19, 2012 8:09 PM
    Seriously, there are so many Lions haters out there it’s ridiculous. They are a young team that are learning from their mistakes. Schwartz never lost control of this team. He has complete control. They will learn from there mistakes this past offseason and mistakes on the field and they will grow. Unfortunately this season has gone down the drain. Next year. Can’t wait!

    I agree. After all, they’ve grown from last season to this season!

  22. hetokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 19, 2012 8:24 PM

    I agree. After all, they’ve grown from last season to this season!

    So have GB, The Giants, The Steelers, and any other team that isn’t quite as good as last year.

    realfootballfan says:
    Nov 19, 2012 6:19 PM
    I think the biggest thing I’ve learned today is that Shawn Jefferson, the terrible Charger receiver from the 90′s, is now an NFL assistant coach. Who knew?

    If only every reciever was terrible enough to avg. 15 yards/rec for 13 years…

  23. lazzzz says:
    Nov 19, 2012 8:09 PM
    Seriously, there are so many Lions haters out there it’s ridiculous.

    Math lesson time. Most people here are fans of one of 32 NFL teams. Ergo, many of them hate the other 31 NFL teams. Maybe hate is too strong a word for all of them. But certainly the fans of the 3 teams in the Lions division hate the Lions. And the other 15 teams in the same conference are not Lion lovers either. Add it up and Lion Haters >> Lion Lovers
    —- End math lesson —-

  24. On the bright side, maybe now they will actually use Mike Thomas and see what we got while giving up a valuable draft pick! Expected him to unseat Logan at a minimum by now…he’s been a trainwreck. Speaking of train wreck’s, Mayhew hasn’t posted much in the positive column after a great start and fleecing Jerry Jones in the Roy Williams trade. Started with a bang and mostly downhill since then…

  25. The Lions will end up being the best thing that ever happened to Titus Young. Worst case scenario, he skates with a cool couple million for his lack of services here. Best case, when he’s traded for a ball and a gatorade towel, he’ll realize what he’s doing to his future and make much needed changes.

  26. It’s not a good message sent to those that commented as such. It’s a sign that we haven’t done our jobs properly up to this point in drafting him to begin with, or coaching/managing him properly. One of those 2 concerns is relevant and that is not a good thing.

    The Lions have been on this “bad cop” routine for a while now, they have cut Aaron Berry for an off the field mistake and they have chastised players on the sidelines here and there, not to mention what we might not have seen in the background. They are trying to stay tough and aggressive but not in a positive and constructive way. They just are misaligned in how they treat the players and try to coach them up to get the most out of them.

    And I’m not just talking about discipline scenarios, even guys not in the doghouse like Stafford can’t seem to get their head into the game and focus on the little things. They are not trained well to think and react logically and there’s too many things that aren’t being addressed and handled. Every game we have lost has primarily been to blame on off the field choices that our non-players are responsible for. It’s time for a new approach, culture, and attitude. Somebody has to demand that from the top and start working through the issues that hold us back and weigh us down.

  27. Any headcoach who would react the way Schwartz did last year with Harbaugh (both coaches have issues) is proof enough that Schwartz himself isn’t the most mature person and if he can’t control himself, how the hell can you expect him to maintain control of a team. It’s rather clear that it’s the inmates who run the asylum in Detroit, the list is rather long of players with signifcant baggage.. I feel bad for someone like Megatron and Burleson who are stand-up players but when you got a bunch of teammates, Fairly, LeShoure, Suh, Young etc. that are selfish individual a-holes….you’re never gonna have a “team”.

  28. Then how about spreading some hate on other team web pages, like the Jets or the Raiders, or elsewhere? Your boring hater messages on this venue are getting really tedious.

  29. The story seems to be that Young’s attitude/behavior changed from a minor problem to a major problem after the Seattle game (where he had 9 catches, 100 yds, 2 TDs). He’s been a headache for everyone since that game.

    In the Green Bay game, Young lined up incorrectly on several plays (including when the Lions were in the red zone towards the end of the game). He’s considered to be a major factor in losing the game (and any hope of a playoff birth).

    On the big play with penalty by Gosder Cherilus, Young lined up where Tony Scheffler was supposed to be. Riley Reiff shouted to Young that he was lined up in the wrong spot. Scheffler tried (twice) to get Young to move. Young waved Scheffler off twice. Stafford then yelled at Young, and that caused Cherilus to move early.

    Young was definitely the reason for the shouting match between coaches Linehan and Jefferson.

    Telling Young to stay home — he’s not welcome to participate in the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game is a bigger deal than anyone outside of Detroit understands. That’s huge-huge-huge.

    Schwartz specifically said this is not strike two for Young, but everything else Schwartz said made it sound like this is definitely is strike two.

    Young’s next meeting with Schwartz is going to involve a lot more than Young going out behind the barn and fetching Schwartz a switch. Young’s in danger of losing his entire career.

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