When the story broke on Tuesday evening I thought it was a misprint. I could have sworn that while watching the ESPN ticker Tuesday about 7pm I saw the following “Matt Millen to return as Lions GM in 2007.” My eyes bugged out. “What,” I said to myself?! Matt Millen TO RETURN to the Lions as GM?! How in this world can an inept, clueless guy who has led the organization that hired him through some of the worst seasons they have ever had recently actually STAY ON as the teams GM after they won just three games this past season.
Never mind the fact that since 2001 when Millen took over the Lions have won just 24 games – and LOST 72!!! And how about this past Sunday – with the number one pick in April’s draft on the line, the Lions for some reason actually won a game, thus throwing them in the number two spot behind Oakland. That’s how screwed up this entire organization is – the Lions, losers week after week, couldn’t even lose a game that would have helped them in the long run. When reading a story on Millen in the Detroit News, one quote that Millen spewed out to the media tells me just where this guys head is at – “I’ll never quit.”
Forget about doing what’s right for the team and owners that gave you a job Matt, just continue to stick around, bring in talent not good enough to get the job done, have your fans stage an in-game walk out TWO YEARS IN A ROW, and then instead of doing the right thing and walking away – make a statement that no matter what your going to stick around. At least until the Lions finally get some clues and show this dolt the door. Millen reminds me of a girl that gets dumped and then keeps calling and showing up to see the guy that dumped her. She, like Millen, simply won’t go away.
Like a bad president, Millen is still under contract for four years, but as fans continue to stay away from Ford Field in droves, something has to be done in this organization to garner the fans attention. Announcing that Millen would be sticking around was not the move that prompt fans to quickly snatch up season tickets for 2007. If anything else, it will make more say “no” to renewing them and spending their hard-earned money with another Detroit sports team like the Pistons or Tigers.
While the Lions seem to have some talent on the offensive side of the ball, their defense was like swiss cheese in 2006. Instead of making the right move and showing Millen the door on Tuesday, the team fired defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, trying to show the fans that changes will be made. Fans in Detroit have had it with the Lions, and have had it with Millen. If the Ford Family wants butts in the seats at Ford Field, there is simply one move that will put that vision in the right direction. Fire Millen now.