Lions defensive end Willie Young gave the Bears one last chance on Sunday by hitting Josh McCown in the head just after McCown threw incomplete on a potentially game-tying two-point conversion pass. Young admits that was a significant mistake.
Young told Greg A. Bedard of TheMMQB.com that he knows he has to avoid those kinds of penalties.
“First thing that came to my mind was this thing could have been over, been done with, but we have to play one more snap,” Young said. “I need to be smarter than that.”
The Lions’ defensive line has developed a reputation both for tough play and for crossing the line too often, and Young and teammate Nick Fairley were both flagged and fined for late hits on McCown. (Ndamukong Suh was flagged for a facemask on Jay Cutler and hit Cutler multiple times, but Suh was not fined this week.) Fortunately for Young, on the play after his penalty, Fairley blew up the Bears’ second two-point conversion attempt, and the Lions held on to win. Now the Lions need that defensive line to keep making plays like the one Fairley made, and avoid penalties like the one Young had before it.