Willie Young benched for taunting Tom Brady
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Willie Young was feeling himself during Thursday’s preseason game against the New England Patriots, and he paid the price.
The Lions thumped the Pats 40-9 and held New England’s first-team offense to three points. Young was obviously proud of his efforts against Tom Brady, who went 16-of-24 for 185 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception.
In the second quarter, Young pressured Brady into an incompletion from the end zone and got flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after taunting the Pats QB. Yes, Young pushed Brady after the play, grabbed him by the jersey, and taunted him with a finger to the face. You can see it in the GIF below:
Lions coach Jim Schwartz benched him for his antics, which was the third of five personal fouls the team committed in the game. Detroit has become notoriously undisciplined and it’s cost them in the past. Maybe Schwartz will try to curtail that for the future.