But it has become increasingly clear that the 2011 second-round pick had to go.
The latest evidence comes from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, who shares a conversation Young had with his high-school coach, E.C. Robinson, on Christmas Day.
“He did tell me he thought he was just as good Megatron,” Robinson told Birkett. “I said, ‘Titus, come on.’ I said, ‘Come on, man. Who you talking to?’ I said, ‘Come on, you’re as good as that guy? This guy is the real deal.’ And he really believes this. And he was sincere about it. ‘Ah man, I’m better than him.’ I said, ‘No you’re not. Be real man. Come on.’ So I don’t know, I’m hoping for the best for him.”
The best will come from a second chance with a team that claims him on waivers. The Chiefs have dibs.
The fact that Young failed in Detroit doesn’t mean he’ll fail elsewhere. The challenge for any team with a high talent/low character player is to put him in a locker room where there are enough high character players to hold him accountable and, ideally, to transform him into a higher-character person.
If that happens in his next stop, there’s hope for Titus Young. If it doesn’t, he’ll eventually be cut again.