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Millen says he would have fired himself

January 3, 2009

Former Detroit Lions’ executive Matt Millen told NBC Sports Saturday he would have fired himself after a the team went 31-84 during his seven-year tenure.

Millen — who was the Lions’ president and general manager when he was fired Sept. 24, 2008 — was a guest studio panelist for NBC Sports before Saturday’s Indianapolis-San Diego AFC wild-card playoff contest.

When he was fired by Lions’ Chairman William Clay Ford, Detroit was 0-3, and later became the first NFL team to finish a season 0-16.

I would have (fired himself), actually, Millen said, responding to a question by NBC’s Dan Patrick. Probably not this year until after the season. I think when you start having changeover in an organization it filters down into the locker room.

Millen, 50, played on four Super Bowl-winning teams during a 12-year NFL career, but had no player personnel experience when he was hired by the Lions in 2001.


Source: upi



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