January 6, 2009 |
Detroit Lions fans watching NBC's "Football Night in America" coverage over the weekend didn't know whether to laugh or cry when the team's former general manager, Matt Millen, was interviewed by Dan Patrick. "Would you have fired you?" Patrick asked Millen. "I would have, actually," Millen replied. Lions fans wondered why Millen wasn't so proactive when he was employed by the team. "Probably not this year," Millen added, "until after the season."
September 25, 2008 |
Matt Millen insisted he would stick with the tough job of turning the Detroit Lions into a winner instead of returning to the broadcast booth to make easy money. So the Lions got rid of him. Finally. The Lions fired Millen seven-plus years after the acclaimed TV analyst and Super Bowl-winning linebacker took over as team president for one of the NFL's mediocre franchises and made it the worst.
September 15, 2008 |
DETROIT -- The Aaron Rodgers era is looking pretty good so far. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the first four drives of his second start, helping Green Bay build a big lead it needed in a 48-25 victory over the Detroit Lions. Green Bay took a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter but fell behind by a point with 7:41 left after Calvin Johnson caught his second touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The Packers (2-0) went back ahead with a field goal on the ensuing drive, then pulled away again with three consecutive interceptions.
January 10, 2001 |
Bill Parcells quit as director of football operations of the New York Jets on Tuesday, saying he's not ready for the commitment needed to make the team a consistent title contender. Parcells leaves only 10 days after coach Al Groh resigned suddenly to coach Virginia, his alma mater. "I feel a long-term commitment is now in order," Parcells said during a conference call. "I don't feel I'm the person to make that commitment. We're moving on."
January 6, 2001 |
It's that time of year again. Plenty of NFL television analyst jobs are suddenly available. It's nothing new for coaches to slip in and out of the studio or broadcast booth between jobs, and it wasn't surpris- ing to see Marty Schottenheimer decide to coach again. But reports that Matt Millen will jump from Fox analyst to general manager of the Detroit Lions add a different twist. Millen has never worked in management for an NFL team. But he has dabbled in other areas.
August 26, 2000
After three weeks, I'm ready to cast my vote: Dennis must go. Please, ABC, acknowledge you made a mistake hiring Dennis Miller and fix it now. Miller just doesn't work. His sarcastic, sometimes acerbic, wit; his obscure references (beyond the grasp of most MENSA members) and his over-pursuit of the joke seriously detract from the show. There are many more-qualified broadcasters or other personalities more deserving of the spot, including Matt Millen, Tim Brando, Bill Maas, Mark Malone, Merrill Hoge, Mike Patrick, Ronnie Lott and Joe Namath, to name a few. Pick one!