Matt Millen, we hardly knew ye.
(Sound of snoopy co-worker whispering in ear.)
Me: "Are you serious? He's staying? What the (edited for content)?"
Co-worker: "Yeah, something about ‘I'll never quit.' "
Me: "Never quit? How about simply fire the (edited for content)?"
Co-worker: "Damn you, William (edited for content) Clay (edited for content) Ford!!!!"
Millen's regime has produced more expletives than losses -- and that's a fairly daunting task.
The "Millen must have incriminating pictures of WCF" line is getting old, but so is losing.
Millen must be on the "300 strikes and you're out" plan that Indiana used with Bobby Knight. Only Knight won a few games every now and again.
Of course, this is the same franchise that hasn't fired an assistant coach who drove through a fast-food window allegedly naked and drunk. Maybe he was just getting more combo meals for Mike Williams. You can't have enough grease on your hands.
Millen, in a rare bout of speaking to the media, said William Clay Ford supports him and that he'll never quit (anyone else think Joe Cullen said the same thing to himself?). Never mind that some fans are already quitting.
Lions fans have tough skin. They have to. The state seems littered with fans of other teams, especially cheese-themed ones. And the non-Lion fans never seem to tire of letting Lions fans know how much their team stinks. Thank you for pointing that out, Mr. Obvious.
But back to Millen. The guy is an easy target, but has made himself one.
Arguably, he has gotten better (albeit slowly) during his reign over the Detroit franchise. Let's hope he's over the hump of the bell curve and his maturation as a general manager speeds up.
Last year's draft was solid, and was one of few in which Millen hasn't blown Detroit's high first-round pick (Roy Williams is the other out of his five top 10 picks). Hitting 2-for-5 will get you in the baseball Hall of Fame, but in football generally gets you thrown out on the sidewalk.
Let's just hope that Marinelli and Martz take control of the first-round pick. Matt can get some control back after the first round is over, but please let someone else make that pick.
Detroit had better beef up its scouting program in order to get Millen extra info on potential picks. Maybe try something inventive like background checks on whether a guy is lazy or stupid? Nah, that's just crazy talk.
About the only thing Millen hasn't done is say he'd jump at the chance to coach the University of Washington, although he has selected several coach killers. Granted, since he's had a prior knack for putting his foot in his mouth, he has been aware enough of that propensity to avoid giving interviews. Is that step two or three of the 12-step program?
Best-case scenario is that the Lions use this strong late-season push to go into next year with some confidence, the players understand the new systems much better and Millen can plug holes through the draft and free agency.
A week ago, that best-case scenario included firing Matt Millen.