Lions’ Willie Young admits, “I need to be smarter”

AP

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.

15 responses to “Lions’ Willie Young admits, “I need to be smarter”

  1. These guys are so dominant that I’ll happily take the occasional stupid penalty as a trade off.
    I expect a lot of negative comments here from people who all wish their D line could be as good as the Lion’s.
    We’ll be 7-3 with a pretty easy path to the playoffs at the end of Sunday so say whatever you want it really doesn’t matter.

  2. johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Nov 16, 2013 11:39 AM
    These guys are so dominant that I’ll happily take the occasional stupid penalty as a trade off.

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    Moronic penalties and over-aggression are not the costs of playing good defensive football. You don’t need to aim for the head or find every excuse possible to hit a QB after the ball’s out to do the good things that Detroit did in that game (4th and 1 play, two 2-point conversion attempts, Forte’s bad day overall). They need to play well and not be idiotic about it, or it is going to cost them in the win column.

  3. As long as it’s ‘occasional’, I get that.

    Three personal foul penalties in one game is not ‘occasional’, it’s foolish.

    What if the Bears scored on that last play? How ‘tough’ would that look now?

    Go LIONS… Smarter LIONS!

  4. johnelwayishorsefaced says:

    Nov 16, 2013 11:39 AMThese guys are so dominant that I’ll happily take the occasional stupid penalty as a trade off.I expect a lot of negative comments here from people who all wish their D line could be as good as the Lion’s.We’ll be 7-3 with a pretty easy path to the playoffs at the end of Sunday so say whatever you want it really doesn’t matter.

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    As a fellow Lions fan, I say this with nothing but respect:

    How about a little humility? There are no sure things in football. Look at the Titans for example. No one had them losing to the Jaguars.

    And as Lions fans we know that anything is possible. Yes, we are playing some good football right now and I’m loving it.

    But let’s take it one game at a time and not look past anyone.

    Go Lions!

  5. I’m a fan of Willie Young, but he’s right. His boneheaded play cost us the Arizona game this year. A stupid hands to the face penalty negated a sack/fumble that would have given the Lions the ball in the red zone late in the game. Instead the Card went down and scored the winning TD. Be smarter Willie!

  6. “Ndamukong Suh was flagged for a facemask on Jay Cutler and hit Cutler multiple times, but Suh was not fined this week.”
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    The facemask was incidental, still I understand the mention…but, this is where we are in football, where we now make note of merely hitting the Quarterback.

  7. The Lions D-line is dominant, there is no debate.
    They were blowing up the Bears all day.

    That being said when the stupidity comes out and costs them the playoffs, fans will be calling for the head of the moron responsible.

    Bears fans will never forget Marion Barber not running out of bounds. He will always be remembered in Chicago for his one signature play.

  8. That helmet-to-helmet actually seemed more incidental than anything.

    The late Fairley hit on that drive, however, was monumentally stupid. Had they lost that game, it would still be the number one discussion in town.

  9. “Bears fans will never forget Marion Barber not running out of bounds. He will always be remembered in Chicago for his one signature play.”

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    It was running out and stopping the clock.

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