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Lions CBs defend coach Aubrey Pleasant after heated exchange

Though he turned a few heads after a confrontation with cornerback Jeff Okudah on Sunday, several Detroit Lions players defended defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant on Wednesday afternoon.

Pleasant was seen during their loss to the San Francisco 49ers screaming at Okudah on the sidelines after 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell broke out for a 38-yard touchdown in the first half.

“I’m going to make it real clear,” cornerback Amani Oruwariye said Wednesday, . “Everyone has particular relationships with coach Pleasant. He’s came here and really challenged everyone because he sees the potential in everyone and he really wants to just light that flair under every single guy. And he has different relationships, different ways of going about that with everyone. But at the end of the day, it’s two guys just wanting to be great.”

Pleasant’s heated exchange with Okudah

Pleasant was seen on the Fox broadcast yelling at Okudah on the bench and repeatedly pointing a finger at his chest.

It’s not clear specifically why the heated exchange took place, but several other players came over and got involved before it ended.

The broadcast later showed Pleasant and Okudah embracing on the bench — which took place after he gave up a nearly 80-yard touchdown pass — so clearly no love was lost between the two.

“It’s tough love sometimes, but you know it’s coming from a good place,” cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu said, . “It’s not anything ego or anything, he just wants us to be great.”

The NFL Network’s Steve Smith, however, wasn’t happy with the encounter — and thinks it’s a sign of what’s to come later this season in Detroit.

“We need to stop upping our standards for players and lowering our standards for coaches,” Smith said, . “We need to have them on the same playing field. We need to start revoking some of these dumb-ass coaches’ opportunities because that shit show they got in Detroit, it’s a train wreck waiting to happen and I’m sitting there, got my popcorn waiting for it.”

Smith’s take on the incident, though, apparently isn’t being felt in the Lions’ locker room.

“At the end of the day, we have great relationships with coach Pleasant and of course social media can make things be portrayed in a different way, but that’s really what it is,” Oruwariye said, . “Everyone has a great relationship with coach Pleasant, everyone’s trying to win and that’s what it comes down to.”

Defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant of the Detroit Lions

Secondary coach Aubrey Pleasant was caught on camera in a heated exchange with Jeff Okudah on the bench on Sunday afternoon. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

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