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Lions coaches reportedly get into heated argument on sideline about Titus Young

Two Detroit Lions coaches, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, got into what appeared to be a brief, but heated, argument on the sideline (video here) during their team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Late in the fourth quarter with the Lions trying to overcome a 24-20 deficit, Jefferson was seen yelling at Linehan. Titus Young was reportedly the source of the frustration.

As the Detroit Free Press pointed out, it appeared Jefferson yelled, “Take him out. I can’t do it no more.”

Young was benched for the Lions’ final three offensive plays. Head coach Jim Schwartz would not elaborate on the exchange after the game.

“I’d rather not go into it,” the disappointed head coach said. “Everybody was disappointed not to be able to score a touchdown on that last drive.”

Young has been nothing more than a talented receiver with an attitude problem since the Lions drafted him last April. He has shown flashes of brilliance on the field, but has gained more attention for getting benched for head-butting an opponent and being temporarily banned from training camp for punching a teammate. It’s easy to see how Young could frustrate a coaching staff, and it appears that frustration boiled over for Detroit’s coaches on their way to a 4-6 record.

Titus Young was benched during Rams game for head-butting Janoris Jenkins

Titus Young is a player who many have said has breakout potential this season, but that will all depend on his attitude. The second-year receiver caught only one pass for 14 yards against the Rams on Sunday, but his lack of production was due in large part to the fact that Young only played in the first half.

Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz benched Young at the end of the first half after he head-butted Rams corner Janoris Jenkins. The mix-up occurred after St. Louis scored on a 31-yard pick-six from Cortland Finnegan, and it cost the Lions 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.

“He didn’t do a smart thing,” Schwartz said. “He and a couple of guys were going back and forth, and the whole thing was right in front of me. It looked like he was going to do the right thing and walk away, but at the last second he turned and made a really dumb decision.”

Over the offseason, Young was reportedly told to stay away from organized team activities for an undisclosed period of time after he punched one of his own teammates. Last season, he punched a Saints player in the face when the Lions were down 17 and trying to get back into the game. He also was disciplined for similar issues while at Boise State, so clearly Sunday’s incident was not an isolated one.

Until Young proves that he can control his temper and remain focused during games, the Lions are likely to leave him in a limited role.

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Lions reportedly keep Titus Young out of OTA’s for punching Louis Delmas

When Lions organized team activities began on Monday morning, receiver Titus Young was not in attendance. Unlike others who are nursing injuries or attending to personal matters, Young had a different reason for not taking part: He is not welcome at the team’s facilities.  According to MLive.com, Young has been banned from Allen Park indefinitely after he reportedly punched safety Louis Delmas during voluntary workouts last week when Delmas wasn’t looking.

Delmas and Young got into a fight over an unknown issue, but it was apparently the punch itself that the team deemed unacceptable. Delmas was present at the start of OTAs and there is no word of him having been punished in any way.

“This is the voluntary part of our offseason program,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “There is no need to comment. It sort of entails that it is not voluntary. I’m not going to comment on any other thing, other than (Stephen) Tulloch (who will miss the next few weeks to an injury) because Tulloch will be down for a significant period of time.”

Voluntary means those who are allowed at the facilites are welcome, so chances are that means nothing with regard to Young. As Eye on College Football pointed out, the second-year receiver out of Boise State has had temper problems since college. He was suspended indefinitely at Boise State for disciplinary problems before rebounding to become a major part of the Broncos’ offense. Last season, he punched a Saints player in the face when Detroit was down 17 points against New Orleans and attempting to get back in the game. As far as non-football issues are concerned, this obviously isn’t a great way for Young to begin the new season.

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