Lions receiver Titus Young is at the top of a steep cliff and right now his footing is tenuous at best. That observation coming after Young's bizarre press conference on Friday, a gathering that was like a comedian bombing in front of a small audience. Cue the crickets!!! It began last year with Young's damaging personal foul calls in the playoff game against the Saints, continued during the off season with a fight between Young and another teammate that resulted in a week suspension..... then extended to the Nov. 11th game against Green Bay where he was disruptive on offense. That insubordination got him inactive for the Houston game, and unavailable to the media. This reporter saw him picking up trash at the Allen Park practice facility and at the time I joked that this was probably a "Kangaroo Court" punishment handed down from his teammates. All that was leading up to Friday-- the day that Young himself told us earlier in the week that he was going to talk to the media. We were expecting a contrite apology for the things he's done and the promise that it won't happen again, but what we got was a guy wearing sunglasses and a black stocking cap- sitting on the stool in front of his locker throwing out very short answers to the questions we all had. The answers didn't even have a hint of humbleness in them and it's leaving everyone to wonder what's going on in this guy's head.
Now some may start to cast blame at Head Coach Jim Schwartz for not being tough enough with discipline, or even the Lions P.R. staff for not preparing Young better to face the media-- but I don't buy that for a second!!! This is all on Young, started by Young!! Even his Lions teammates are done with the distraction. Center Dominic Raiola, after seeing what transpired across the locker room, stated in the most plain terms that if Young can't get it together, or use Calvin Johnson as a role model on how to become a better teammate and player-- then find the door! I like that kind of talk from Raiola because it shows us that he's one who won't accept that garbage, and it also gives us a glimpse of how a personality like Young's can fracture a locker room-- something that the Lions do not need. My question now is, what would you do?? There are cries asking for Young's release, or perhaps a monetary punishment- but for me the course is clear-- cut him now! For those claiming that you need to get "something" for Young I say this, the Lions already have his replacement in Ryan Broyles so why the hesitation to cut bait? You certainly can't put him back on the field-- Can you??