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. 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.