The Detroit Lions are coming off a disappointing four-win season one year after ending long playoff drought. Matthew Stafford and company couldn’t put it together in the 2012 campaign with an inability to play consistently well on both sides of the football.
To make matters worse in Detroit, wide receiver Titus Young has become quite a problem for the team moving forward. Young wasn’t happy with his role on the team and was extremely vocal about his displeasure venting on Twitter:
Oh I’m not done, if y’all going to cut me let me go. I’m tired of the threats
— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 25, 2013
In 10 games with the Lions this season, Young caught 33 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns. Young’s numbers this season were all down across the board in comparison to his rookie season in Detroit in which the Boise State product had 48 receptions, 607 yards and six touchdowns.
As for Calvin Johnson, the two-time All-Pro hand another incredible season with stats that far exceed Young’s. Even though the Lions were unable to reach the playoffs to make it two postseason trips in a row, perennial Pro Bowler Johnson had a historic year with a league-leading 122 catches and a record-breaking 1,964 receiving yards. Johnson only caught five touchdowns this season, but set the single-season record for receiving yards surpassing Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
Despite Johnson’s historic season, Young made a bold and frankly ridiculous statement claiming he is the better of the two receivers via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:
“He did tell me he thought he was just as good Megatron,” Robinson recalled late last month. “I said, ‘Titus, come on.’ I said, ‘Come on, man. Who you talking to?’ I said, ‘Come on, you’re as good as that guy? This guy is the real deal.’ And he really believes this. And he was sincere about it. ‘Ah man, I’m better than him.’ I said, ‘No you’re not. Be real man. Come on.’ So I don’t know, I’m hoping for the best for him.”
With Young now officially given his release from the Lions, it’ll be interesting to see if any team is willing to take on the outspoken and potentially overconfident 23-year-old before next season.