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Nate Burleson thinks Titus Young needs to channel Scottie Pippen

Titus Young, Antoine Winfield AP

The Lions haven’t made any decisions about wide receiver Titus Young’s future with the team, but one of his teammates thinks that he knows what Young needs to do in order to succeed in Detroit.

To fellow wideout Nate Burleson, it is as simple as knowing your role. Burleson isn’t sure whether or not Young and the team can build a bridge back to a working relationship, but he believes that Young will have to do a better job of accepting that he isn’t the lead dog on the Lions offense. It’s Calvin Johnson’s show and Young was advised to look at another second banana to see a way that things can work out for everybody.

“He is extremely competitive, which is good,” Burleson said, via Justin Rogers of MLive.com. “He comes in and he wants to be the man, he wants to shine. He feels like he can help the team any given play. He’s an I’m-always-open guy and I like that about his personality. It’s just when you’re playing with (Johnson), you have to adjust. You never heard (Scottie) Pippen saying, ‘Let me lead the team in scoring.’ It’s (Michael) Jordan’s show.”

That seems like a big stretch for a player who was a lot closer to Dennis Rodman behavior-wise last season. Young was essentially thrown off the team this season for intentionally sabotaging the offense to protest the size of his role in it. A big stretch is going to be what Young needs to do to remain in Detroit, though, and, unless he goes to a team without a top receiver, what he’ll have to do to thrive anywhere in the NFL.

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19 Responses to “Nate Burleson thinks Titus Young needs to channel Scottie Pippen”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 8, 2013 11:07 AM

    Titus Young Sr. = Ex Lion

  2. remyje says: Jan 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    i can’t even think of a team where he could be the number one receiver

  3. 49erstim says: Jan 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    Pippen HATED that role, but Jordan was a demanding teammate and taskmaster and Scottie fell in line. That was Jordan’s team not because he was the best, but because he was the best and demanded higher quality play from those around him. Who on the Lion’s is gonna step up and be that vocal leader and demand excellence from those around him?

  4. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    Pssh. Scottie Pippen. BJ Armstrong maybe. Ron Harper possibly. No Scottie Pippen.

  5. noeffinway says: Jan 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    Without much needed therapy Titus Young won’t amount to much in the nfl. Even then, I just don’t know how he can earn back the trust of this organization or any nfl team for that matter. I think Mayhew and company had a clue and started to prepare for the Young meltdown when they drafted Broyles last year.

  6. elliottcovert says: Jan 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    When I saw this headline I immediately thought of Dennis Rodman too!

    Maybe Titus Young should marry himself.

  7. epmckenna says: Jan 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    I can’t imagine any team would ever want a mediocre player who is so selfish that he’s willing to sabotage the offense.

  8. donnymacjack says: Jan 8, 2013 11:38 AM

    I hate to say it, but he’d probably do well in St. Louis. Amendola is a great slot guy, but they need someone who can play the Y and stretch the field a bit. Of course if he brought an attitude to St. Louis he’d be gone in a heartbeat. No way Fischer puts up with any crap, especially after the other “Young” guy he had in Tennessee.

  9. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Jan 8, 2013 11:44 AM

    I will never understand why Titus Young would do what he did. You have Calvin Johnson on one side of the field drawing double and triple coverage giving a man of Titus Young’s talent an easy path to a second contract where he would undoubtedly gotten a huge payday. Every receiver in the NFL would love to play alongside a Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald because it makes everyone else more open.

  10. 0ffsides says: Jan 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    The guy is a cancer – he needs to go away.

  11. hatesycophants says: Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    He can’t possibly think he’s the number 1 on that squad. No one is that stupid.

  12. Ponder This says: Jan 8, 2013 12:36 PM

    After Jordan retired, didn’t Pippen pout because a last shot was designed for Toni Kukoc?

  13. mjkelly77 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    hatesycophants says:Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    He can’t possibly think he’s the number 1 on that squad. No one is that stupid.
    _____________

    Ohhh, but he did and he is.

  14. dlions18 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    Its weird that ever since Young added the “Sr.” to the back of his jersey he’s been acting more like a Jr. than ever.

  15. packerbackernj says: Jan 8, 2013 1:44 PM

    The guy’s a bum. Players like this all over that team. Me-first players from ridiculous 15 yard penalties to sabotaging the offense. This is why schwartz needs to go. He built this team the wrong way. Stafford is a stud when healthy, CJ is the best in the biz. There are pieces, you need someone to put them together

  16. stung4ever1983 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    Young should have gone with Gruden to Raw last night, gotten some advice from the Rock.

    “Know your role, and shut your mouth.”

  17. fringetastic says: Jan 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    “Who the hell is Scotty Pippen,” Titus Young asked.

  18. scantenii says: Jan 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Cut Titus Young…Today… tomorrow… get a Delorean and cut him weeks ago when you should of cut him…Cut Titus Young…

  19. stevet321 says: Jan 9, 2013 12:45 AM

    Put TY on the 3rd string with his former bronco mate KM.

    Make him earn his way back up and no more chances. If he can’t settle down…see ya.

    Talent is worthless on a team if you don’t want to be part of the team.

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