Titus Young: Lions Must Cut Ties with Immature WR

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28:  Titus Young #16 reacts to a late fourth quarter call during the game against the Seattle Seahwaks at Ford Field on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Seahwaks 28-24.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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It's time for the Detroit Lions to rid themselves of Titus Young.

To be honest, they should have sent him packing two weeks ago.

Young purposely lined up in the wrong place multiple times during the Lions game against the Green Bay Packers, only to get into a heated exchange with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson when he finally left the field.

Apparently Young didn't feel that he was being utilized properly, so he decided to act ridiculous and do whatever he wanted, totally oblivious of the impact that his actions could have on the team's ability to run its offense.

A sign of maturity for sure.

Were this the first issue that the team had with Young, that would be one thing—but it's not.

We need only go back to training camp, when Young was sent home for more than a week after sucker-punching safety Louis Delmas.

It takes a big man to hit another person when he isn't looking.

Detroit shouldn't be surprised by this, as the Oakland Press' Matthew B. Mowery notes:

This nugget from Lindy's '11 NFL draft mag (I just found) on Titus Young: "Reputation as an egotistical player who can resist coaching."

— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) December 1, 2012

Lions center Dominic Raiola insists that Young has not—and will not—become a distraction to the team, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:

Wowza RT @cmccosky Raiola on Titus Young: "We've moved on from him. He wants to be an a--hole, let him be an a--hole. It's not my problem."

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2012

No matter how talented he may be, it's clear that his teammates have no use for him.

Young has had nearly two years to follow the example set by Calvin Johnson, the best receiver in the NFL and someone who seemingly does everything the right way.

He's failed to take advantage of that situation.

Simply making Young inactive on a weekly basis won't teach him the lesson that he sorely needs to be taught: Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right.

Detroit needs to rid itself of this petulant child and send him packing. He's far more trouble than he's worth.