Lions DE Willie Young Taunts Tom Brady with Finger Wag During Preseason Game

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystAugust 22, 2013

The Detroit Lions were feeling their oats in a 40-9 preseason beatdown of the New England Patriots Thursday night, and at least one Lions player wasn't above piling on.

Onto what, we're not exactly sure.

With the Lions leading by 10 in the second quarter and Brady facing all kinds of pressure from the Detroit front four, defensive end Willie Young took it upon himself to send a message.

That jersey grab and finger wag cost the Lions 15 yards and wiped out an incomplete pass, but that's not important. What is important is delving into what exactly Young was saying as he wagged that digit defiantly in the Golden Boy's grill.

Maybe it was "This is the one and only time I'm going to get my hands on you, because when the regular season starts and the games count I'll be watching from the bench."

Or perhaps he was simply pointing out that over the course of Brady's career, a career in which Brady has made 24 starts in the playoffs (including five Super Bowls), the Lions have played in exactly one postseason game.

Or I suppose it could be what Bleacher Report's own Bill Riccette thought:

Even before the NFL decided to ban all taunting, celebrations, smiling, laughter and fun of any kind over the years, this sort of blatant act would have drawn a flag.

Given that it was directed at Tom Brady, I'm surprised that Roger Goodell didn't direct a gang of ninjas (in officially licensed NFL ninja apparel, of course) to beat the crud out of Young at halftime. If he doesn't show up at practice tomorrow, we'll know what happened.

It's also not like the Lions didn't have something to celebrate. The defense was outright dominant against Bill Belichick's Patriots. The Lions forced four first-half turnovers, and defensive end Jason Jones tallied a pair of sacks. Yet somehow, Jones managed to keep his fingers to himself.

There's an old adage in sports. When you make a big play, "act like you've been there before."

Of course, with three career sacks and all of 11 tackles last year, Willie Young hasn't really been "there," so it's semi-understandable that he doesn't know how to act. So enjoy the moment (even if it wasn't yours), Mr. Young.

Just watch out for those ninjas.