Titus Young Benched by Detroit Lions After Coaching Dispute and Selfishness

By Chris Katje

The Detroit Lions lost a heartbreaking game to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. After leading for most of the game, the team found themselves trailing late in the game. The Lions, who have been a fourth quarter and comeback team recently, couldn’t find the magic to win the game.

Two coaches, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, appeared to disagree about several plays during one of the Lions final drives in the two minute drill. Jefferson was seen on Fox television yelling at Linehan over the use of Lions wide receiver Titus Young.

Young did not have a good game against the Packers. He caught one pass on six targets for 24 yards. During the drive that caused the heated debate, Young was thrown to on both second and third down, missing both passes. Young would be benched later for the Lions next drive.

The second year receiver from Boise State has appeared lazy at times and continues to line up wrong and run the wrong routes. Young was also the subject of a player fight with teammate Louis Delmas during the preseason. It appears the Lions have grown tired of Young’s selfish style of play. Young is now listed as inactive for Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against the Houston Texans.

Linehan has been with the Lions since 2009, serving as their offensive coordinator. The former Idaho University quarterback was head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2006-2008, where he posted a losing record of 11-25. Linehan also served as a coach with the Minnesota Vikings (offensive coordinator/receivers) and Miami Dolphins (offensive coordinator).

Jefferson was a former wide receiver in the NFL. The University of Central Florida alumnus played for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions. Jefferson ended his career with the Lions, where he has been a coach since 2005.


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