Nick Fairley has a had a difficult off-season followed by a difficult training camp.
Fairley was fighting a court battle for a DUI in 2012. Just before camp he was given a suspended sentence and probation for the arrest.
Now at training camp Fairley’s lack of effort has failed to impress prompting Jim Caldwell and the Lions coaching staff to reduce his reps with the first team this week.
This could be a way for the Lions coaching staff to motivate their defensive tackle. However a tweet by Lions insider Tim Twentyman indicates that Fairley might not be getting the right message.
Defensive lineman doing chase drills. Suh easily caught Fairley. I mean it looked easy. Fairley also seems distant from teammates.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 13, 2014
Twentyman later confirmed in his training camp notebook that the Lions were trying to motivate Fairley to play a “different brand of football”. CJ Mosely has been getting most of the reps with the first team and looks to be in line to start ahead of Fairley on Friday in Oakland. Even though the two are competing for playing time, CJ Mosely is doing what he can to support his fellow D-lineman.
“We talk to him, and most of all we have to stick together,” said fellow defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who’s seen his reps go up recently. “At the same time, go out there and have fun. Be infectious, having fun, winning games and winning in practice. Keep encouraging him, keep encouraging each other and just stick together.”
It is great that Nick Fairley has the support of his teammates but he shouldn’t need much motivation. He is in a contract year and failing to perform could cost him a lot of money. If a professional football player can’t find motivation in a contract year then there is not much others can do to inspire him.
Seems the Lions made the right call when they declined to extend Nick Fairley in the offseason.