Jim Scwartz is trying to clean up the image and the locker room of the Detroit Lions. Considering how many problem children this team still employs, it is not going to be a swift process, but he is making it clear that the old attitude will no longer be tolerated in Detroit, as this team looks to build upon last year’s successful turnaround.
The message is being strongly delivered to Titus Young.
During the Lions’ 24-20 home loss against their NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers, Young was benched during the team’s final three plays that caused quite a commotion on the sidelines between coaches, including Schwartz. Young was sent home from the team’s facilities on Monday, and it has been announced now that he will not play in Detroit’s annual Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday against the Houston Texans.
While it is unclear to exactly what went down late in the game on Sunday, Lions’ coaches Shawn Jefferson and Scott Linehan were seen having a heated argument on the sidelines. But according to Schwartz, this was not a lone incident involving Young.
“It’s your job to make the team happy, it’s not the team’s job to make you happy,” Schwartz said about his second year wide receiver out of Boise State.
This move and benching will need to serve as a wake up call to Young, as well as the rest of the Lions who have had their character or work ethic called into question. Enough is enough, and Schwartz has reached his boiling point. That old “me-first attitude” will not be tolerate and is unacceptable. Especially, if the Lions hope to get back to the playoffs this season.
Young may be the first Lions’ player who receives this message, but he will likely not be the last. And, if he does not receive the message clearly, he could soon find himself looking for another team.