Lions coaches can talk until they’re Honolulu Blue in the face, but anything other than action against misbehaving players will fail to send a message. And so, with the Lions not presently inclined to fine or suspend (or cut) players like defensive tackle Nick Fairley, receiver Titus Young, running back Mikel Leshoure, and/or tackle Johnny Culbreath, it’s up to the other players to coerce some sense in to them.
The only problem? The players don’t yet seem to be inclined to do it.
According to Justin Rogers of MLive.com, defensive tackle Corey Williams has no plan to take the situation up with Fairley, opting instead to defer to the coaches.
“All the stuff considering Nick, they had their talk, and that was that,” Williams said. “I wasn’t worried about what they had to say, what they talked about. I’m just worried about getting ready out here on the field. . . . We talk, but we’re talking straight football right now. We’re not worried about all that stuff. He’s going to handle that, coaches are going to handle that, and we’re going to keep looking forward.”
But unless and until the coaches “handle that” by taking action, nothing is going to change.
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