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Dominic Raiola: We’ve moved on from Titus Young

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The Lions welcomed wide receiver Titus Young back to practice this week, but he isn’t getting greeted with open arms by one of his teammates.

Center Dominic Raiola shared his thoughts about Young, who was told to spend more than a week away from the team after Young allegedly sabotaged the offense by purposely lining up wrong on several different occasions during the team’s Week 11 loss to the Packers. It’s safe to say that Raiola is less than thrilled to be sharing a locker room with a player capable of doing such things.

“We’ve moved on from him. He wants to be an a–hole, let him be an a–hole. It’s not my problem. What we can control is the guys who want to be here. And when you act like that, you don’t want to be here,” Raiola said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “We’ve got good guys on offense. Don’t be an a–hole and don’t be a jerk.”

Young’s return to practice does not mean that he’ll be playing in a game for the Lions again this year. Coach Jim Schwartz said that Young’s future role would be determined by the way he acts when he’s with the team. Raiola’s take on whether or not Young should be a part of things seems pretty clear and Young’s hardly been productive enough to justify playing him if others in the locker room share Raiola’s take.

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45 Responses to “Dominic Raiola: We’ve moved on from Titus Young”
  1. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 30, 2012 2:11 PM

    I understand someone going by Jr and even putting that on the back of their jersey (although no one does), and RG the III is cool, but Titus Young Sr? This guy is obviously arragont and acting like Brandon Marshall when you play like Michael Crabtree isnt going to get you anywhere.

  2. ajb3313 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:12 PM

    Good for you, Mr. Raiola.

  3. tommccrossin says: Nov 30, 2012 2:14 PM

    That’s Titus Young Sr. to you, Mr. Raiola

  4. Jeremy W says: Nov 30, 2012 2:15 PM

    As a Lions fan, I never want to see this idiot on the field in Honolulu Blue again.

  5. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 30, 2012 2:21 PM

    Who?

  6. stevemo says: Nov 30, 2012 2:22 PM

    That takes a ridiculous amount of immaturity. I hope they make the right move and get rid of him after the season.

  7. ningenito78 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:24 PM

    Good. I need Broyles in my fantasy playoffs.

  8. iman883 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:24 PM

    Re: Steeley McBeam: I agree with your overall point, but I think the Sr. may be a team thing? I also thought it was odd, but then on Thanksgiving I seem to recall seeing another Lions player with Sr. on his jersey…maybe Leshoure? Can’t remember off the top of my head.

  9. rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    Assuming that he’s guilty of purposely trying to sabotage the Lions’ offense, he should have been suspended without pay for the maximum amount of time allowed by the CBA and told to stay away for the remained of the season. The fact that this wasn’t done is emblematic of what is wrong with the Detroit Lions. Why should the players act in a disciplined manner when discipline isn’t enforced in any meaningful way by management?

  10. rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    “remainder” of the season . . .

  11. jglion says: Nov 30, 2012 2:32 PM

    the guy in the Lions locker room who’s undoubtedly seen more of Young’s crap than anyone has to be rookie third string quarterback Kellen Moore, who was his quarterback for three years at Boise State. You’ve got to wonder what stories he has to tell from their Boise State days together.

  12. swaggyy says: Nov 30, 2012 2:34 PM

    Titus young is garbage, as is Raiola

  13. fievel03 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:37 PM

    They should have just cut him.

  14. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 30, 2012 2:37 PM

    hey mcbeam, u wish young was half as good as crabtreet if you dont see him play regularly shut ur mouth u sound ignorant.

  15. schmokes says: Nov 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    It’s odd to see this from the Lions, Schwartz always seems to run such a tight ship.

    Most undisciplined team and coach in the league. Love being in the same division as the lions! Easy wins

  16. waxthat says: Nov 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Nov 30, 2012 2:11 PM
    I understand someone going by Jr and even putting that on the back of their jersey (although no one does), and RG the III is cool, but Titus Young Sr? This guy is obviously arragont and acting like Brandon Marshall when you play like Michael Crabtree isnt going to get you anywhere.

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    I noticed Leshoure did the ‘Sr.’ thing too…what a joke. Calvin and Stafford are stuck with all these bozos.

  17. 989lions says: Nov 30, 2012 2:42 PM

    What an idiot on the WR core alone for the Detroit Lions you have CJ who is the best receiver on the entire planet and embodies what a true professional should strive to be. Nate Burleson (some of you may not like him because of his quotes) but is also an excellent pro and the leader of the WR, and even Ryan Broyles that from all accounts came in worked hard, got his shot starting and performed great on thanksgiving. Young has enough examples in the locker room to be a good player and professional, hes just immature. Good riddance.

  18. dawgsafety13 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:43 PM

    Send him home for the remainder of the year for conduct detrimental to the team. Send his paychecks to a charity to buy poor kids Christmas presents.

  19. leucas66 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:47 PM

    Raiola should chop block Young like he does everyone else.

  20. oaktown49er says: Nov 30, 2012 2:52 PM

    Young has played his last snap.

  21. puba76 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    I haven’t forgotten Raiolas sabotage of the team in Tennessee, he snapped the ball in OT when every other player knew there was no play called. Yes Young’s was intentional, so categorized as worse, but incompetence is not an excuse either…

  22. purpleguy says: Nov 30, 2012 2:54 PM

    I’m normally not a fan of Railoa’s comments, but this one was refeshing and dead on accurate.

  23. tucostacos says: Nov 30, 2012 2:54 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Nov 30, 2012 2:11 PM

    I understand someone going by Jr and even putting that on the back of their jersey (although no one does), and RG the III is cool, but Titus Young Sr? This guy is obviously arragont and acting like Brandon Marshall when you play like Michael Crabtree isnt going to get you anywhere.

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    Tell me when B Marsh ever acted like this?

  24. kabasaman says: Nov 30, 2012 2:56 PM

    Titus Y0unt shouldn’t be in the same sentance as Brandon Marshall.. Marshall has been making great strides in becoming a great Team mate…. As well as a Top Reciever in this league , were TY sr. couldn’t hold Marshall’s jock, that is if he wears one?

  25. houseofspears90 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:59 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Nov 30, 2012 2:11 PM
    I understand someone going by Jr and even putting that on the back of their jersey (although no one does), and RG the III is cool, but Titus Young Sr? This guy is obviously arragont and acting like Brandon Marshall when you play like Michael Crabtree isnt going to get you anywhere.

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    I noticed Leshoure did the ‘Sr.’ thing too…what a joke. Calvin and Stafford are stuck with all these bozos.
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    Yeah i noticed that as well from LeShoure, but i think it was an “Isupport Titus” type of statement. Still dumb though.

  26. tarmacjerry says: Nov 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    I’m OK with him putting Sr on his jersey… seems to me he’s really proud of being a dad. But now it’s time for him to set an example for his son.

  27. 989lions says: Nov 30, 2012 3:16 PM

    houseofspears90

    Titus put Sr on there because he had a kid, same with Leshoure. You guys can complain all you want but Leshoure has stayed quiet and done his job this season.

  28. mazenblue says: Nov 30, 2012 3:19 PM

    One instance, young lined up wrong, stafford had to yell at him to line up right, resulting in gosder jumping offsides. Killed the drive. Don’t cut this guy. Suspend hm with conduct detrimental to the team. Give his money to charity. Diwali that dude. Arrogance at its finest.

  29. otis52gsh says: Nov 30, 2012 3:26 PM

    Answer is Jimmy Schwartz
    Question is “What’s wrong with the lions”

  30. magicbucs says: Nov 30, 2012 3:27 PM

    As a fan I think the lions should just waive him ASAP unless you can get some dumb franchise to trade for him. To me I don’t think any gm would want a guy that lines up wrong on purpose. It might even be a career ending epic fail on young sr.

  31. nps0520 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:35 PM

    For those bringing it up, Leshoure and Young wear “Sr.” on their jerseys because they both had their first child recently (Young in the offseason and Leshoure midseason, I believe). Just showing their pride in being new dads.

    As for Dom’s comments, he’s absolutely right. The team doesn’t need Titus. This stuff makes the Mike Thomas trade and Broyles pick make a lot more sense.

  32. primetime0552 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:48 PM

    leucas66 says:Nov 30, 2012 2:47 PM

    Raiola should chop block Young like he does everyone else.

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    Is this suppose to be a dig on Raiola? I’ve watched every game of the Raiolas professional career and can only remember 1 time he was flagged for chop block and the replay shows clearly that it wasn’t a chop block.

    Are you refferring to a cut block that is completely legal by the NFL rules?

  33. lks311 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:49 PM

    I think it would go a long way with Lions’ fans if Schwartz and Mayhew stood up and said, “Titus Young may have been a mistake. Randall Cobb was still on the board, but we saw Titus having ridiculous upside and chose him instead. We were wrong. He’s got the rest of the year to decide if he wants to be part of this organization but, if not, we’re moving on. Just want the fans to know, ‘we get it’.”

    Is that so tough?

  34. jaymc1988 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    was titus any good anyways.. you can line me up across calvin johnson and ill get 50 catchs a year..lol how does this make him any good? an old burelson was better

  35. noeffinway says: Nov 30, 2012 3:54 PM

    rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    Assuming that he’s guilty of purposely trying to sabotage the Lions’ offense, he should have been suspended without pay for the maximum amount of time allowed by the CBA and told to stay away for the remained of the season. The fact that this wasn’t done is emblematic of what is wrong with the Detroit Lions. Why should the players act in a disciplined manner when discipline isn’t enforced in any meaningful way by management?
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    And what exactly qualifies you to pretend that you know more about how to handle these situation than say….. an NFL coaching staff and executives ?? Maybe they could use your expertise eh? Have you applied there?

  36. mrscrotsmcgoats says: Nov 30, 2012 3:57 PM

    Hey Mayhew, get Jerry Jones on the phone. We have another WR to trade for some high draft picks!

  37. electionconfidential says: Nov 30, 2012 4:10 PM

    If you have a son with a Jr. on the end of his name then I think it’s fine to put Sr. at the end of yours.

    What isn’t okay is sabotaging the team by intentionally lining up in the wrong position. That’s enough to cut a player for. Easily enough.

  38. larryboodry says: Nov 30, 2012 4:46 PM

    Steeley McBeam says: Nov 30, 2012 2:11 PM

    “I understand someone going by Jr and even putting that on the back of their jersey (although no one does), and RG the III is cool, but Titus Young Sr? This guy is obviously arragont and acting like Brandon Marshall when you play like Michael Crabtree isnt going to get you anywhere.”

    To compare Brandon Marshall or Michael Crabtree to an idiot like Titus Young Sr. is ridiculous…From what little I’ve seen of Crabtree, he does his job and is liked by his teammates…And Marshall has been great since coming to the Bears, both on and off the field. He has owned up to his past while working to overcome BPD, and also educating others about the disease.

    There is NO comparison between him and Young.

  39. detlions80 says: Nov 30, 2012 5:29 PM

    To all who have defended Brandon Marshall’s character: there were a number of years where his actions were directly comparable to Titus’s behavior this season. If you’re a fan of his and don’t know that already…. He has been good in CHI but his past is his to own.

  40. rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 30, 2012 5:41 PM

    noeffinway says:
    Nov 30, 2012 3:54 PM
    rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    Assuming that he’s guilty of purposely trying to sabotage the Lions’ offense, he should have been suspended without pay for the maximum amount of time allowed by the CBA and told to stay away for the remained of the season. The fact that this wasn’t done is emblematic of what is wrong with the Detroit Lions. Why should the players act in a disciplined manner when discipline isn’t enforced in any meaningful way by management?
    —————————

    And what exactly qualifies you to pretend that you know more about how to handle these situation than say….. an NFL coaching staff and executives ?? Maybe they could use your expertise eh? Have you applied there?

    You don’t need to be a genius to see that the lack of self-control exhibited by Lions’ personnel — from the head coach down to the players, is a problem, and the wrist slap given to Young for his outrageous behavior is a symptom of that problem. As for applying for a job with the Lions, I’ll leave that to “experts” such as yourself; you are obviously more in tune with the team’s way of doing things than I am.

  41. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 30, 2012 7:24 PM

    Titus is one player of 53. There are bigger issues than what he’s doing wrong. His mistakes are not the reason why this team is 4-7 and that should be the focus of what the Lions players, coaches and managers are talking about and working on.

    If the mailman pulled out a gun and started shooting at you for no reason, and then forgot to deposit your mail, then you have a much bigger problem you need to focus on then wondering what junk mail you are missing that day.

  42. jimmylions says: Nov 30, 2012 9:34 PM

    @ mazenblue: The issue isn’t that Young accidentally lined up in the wrong location. The issue is that he *intentionally” lined up in the wrong location, multiple times, and was deliberately sabotaging the offense in retaliation for not being the #1 pass target more often.

    The scuttle is that Young’s attitude issues increased exponentially after his one good game against the Seahawks (9 catches, +100 yards, 2 TDs). He decided that he was a superstar and the team needed him more than he needed the team.

    I know this is an unpopular viewpoint, but I like the way Schwartz is handling this. And I apologize for the length of my explanation … but cut me some slack for seeing this from a different perspective.

    My gut reaction is the same as everyone else’s — it’s a team sport and if you’re not a team player then you’ve got no business on the team. However, I’m tempering that with being an old and geezerly guy who was once young and a royal pain in the butt to my employers.

    Young’s behavior shows obvious maturity issues (duh!). Schwartz is offering Young a chance to not only salvage his NFL career (which Young has completely sabotaged), but to salvage himself.

    If benching this kid and putting him through the ringer teaches him to stop being a selfish jerk, he’ll be a better teammate, player, and person. We used to call this pulling someone aside and having a “come to Jesus” moment with him.

    If Young chooses to continue to be an idiot, he’s gone after the season. The season is almost over anyway, so it’s worth taking a shot at helping this kid straighten out his life.

    If Young actually starts to “get it”, going through all of this and coming out better will strengthen not just Young, but the whole team. Sounds crazy, but it happens. Even if they have to cut him, no one in that locker room will say the Lions/Schwartz didn’t make a total effort to help the kid – and that also helps build team loyalty.

  43. raiderapologist says: Nov 30, 2012 10:19 PM

    ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 30, 2012 2:37 PM

    hey mcbeam, u wish young was half as good as crabtreet if you dont see him play regularly shut ur mouth u sound ignorant.
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    Sometimes a guy will kill himself by posting something. This is one of those times.

  44. shorttracknews says: Nov 30, 2012 11:17 PM

    Is it just me or does Dominic Raiola talk more then any other Center in the league??

  45. Punk says: Dec 1, 2012 9:09 AM

    I don’t understand why he is still on the team.

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