Titus Young's Suspension Raises a Red Flag in Detroit and More NFC North News

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

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Titus Young has been suspended by the Detroit Lions for this week's game against the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving and ESPN's NFCN writer Kevin Seifert says he's just about out of chances.

There's a saying in NFL Draft circles—actually several, which sound alike—which goes something like "million dollar talent, ten-cent head."

The suspension shouldn't come as a shock I suppose, as the Lions had to sit him down in preseason as well. Looking back on the knocks on Young during his draft, personality and attitude were definitely up there.

The Lions don't seem to be worried about personality. They said it all offseason when Mikel Leshoure and Nick Fairley got into trouble and again when Young was sent home for a scuffle with safety Louis Delmas. It's fine, the team insisted, the guys are fine. No problems here.

While Fairley and Leshoure have flown the straight and narrow since their incidents, Young is now just about done and the team is once again among the most penalized in the NFL.

You have to have discipline in the NFL, and never is its absence more evident than when a team is losing—for further proof, please see "Jets, New York."

The Lions say they aren't afraid to draft guys with a bad reputation and that's fine. However, if that's how you are going to roll, you'd better have control in the clubhouse.

It appears that head coach Jim Schwartz still lacks that and it shows. It's hard not to wonder if the lack of focus guys like Matt Stafford are showing could be a reflection of the lack of discipline instilled by the coach.

The Lions are pretty much out of the playoffs, if not mathematically, then logically. Perhaps Schwartz needs to take a long look at how he runs his team, as well as those supposedly leading it as players.

As they start looking towards the 2013 NFL Draft, one wonders if they will still be so unconcerned about character. If and when their analysis mentions personality issues, they'll ignore it.

Or, maybe they'll start paying attention.


Chicago Bears

Micheal Wright of ESPNChicago.com says the Bears were ill-prepared for Monday night's game.

The supposed fierce Bears defense played like cubs on Monday night according to Rick Morrissey at the Sun-Times.

The Tribune's David Haugh says after a performance like the one the Bears trotted out against the Niners, you can't call them elite.


Detroit Lions

Over at MLive.com, Anwar Richardson says the challenge during the short week is to find a replacement at wide receiver for Titus Young.

Schwartz had high praise for Nick Fairley's game against the Packers, according to the Free Press' Carlos Monarrez.

It looks like Jeff Backus' consecutive games streak will end this week according to the Detroit News' Chris McCosky.


Green Bay Packers

CheeseheadTV.com's Brian Carriveau was on the radio yesterday, pointing out in an interview that dragging a free agent kicker in to replace Mason Crosby isn't necessarily an upgrade.

The Packers' defensive unit is getting prepared for a tough challenge by the New York Giants, according to the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein.

Mason Crosby is going to try and get his act together by simplifying his approach, according to Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.


Minnesota VIkings

The Vikings know they hold their destiny in their own hands, writes Pioneer Press reporter Brian Murphy.

Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 says the Vikings know their number one priority is limiting the Bears' chances for turnovers.

The Star Tribune's Dan Weiderer says that it hasn't been pretty for the Vikings in Chicago lately.


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