FAN: The Fish Rots From The Head Down

FAN COLUMN: Is Matt Millen the next Russ Thomas? This fan columnist believes so, and also points the finger at the man he believes is responsible for the Lions organizational problems both on and off the field!

Matt Millen's Monday afternoon press conference is just another debacle in the long line of debacles during the Detroit Lion's 45 year championship drought. Millen was evasive, condescending, and at times, outright belligerent in defense of his untimely firing of Marty Mornhinweg. Yesterday's events join other Lion fiascoes like Marty's coin toss decision, Bobby Ross' mid-season resignation, Barry Sanders' retirement, and the numerous insert-your-worst-loss-here games that have caused Lion fans to pull their hair out over the years.

However, for as poor of a job that Matt Millen has done, the ultimate blame for the Lions failures over the last 38 years rests with one man, and one man alone: William Clay Ford Sr.

Does anyone find it a surprise that the owner of this team has not been seen during Millen's postseason purge?  I do not find it a surprise at all. It is clear with the events of the last month that Matt Millen is going nowhere any time soon. He has systematically eliminated all of the people he has brought in during the last two years, and now he stands alone. He clearly has William Clay Ford Sr. in his back pocket.

In my mind, this is the most frightening development of all.

Matt Millen has the full confidence of the same owner who once had full confidence in infamous Lion GM Russ Thomas. For those of you who do not know who Russ Thomas was, just ask your elder Lion fans. They will give you the rundown. I would be writing into next week if I were to list all of the gaffs during his 25 year reign of terror.

Matt Millen is the second coming of Thomas. Millen is in over his head, and he has been since day one. The only person who still does not realize this is the guy who signs the checks. Whether Millen hires Mariucci or not does not matter. Millen, with ownership's full endorsement, will continue to get in his own way, and the team will continue to fall short as a result.

The bottom line is that the Detroit Lions will continue to lose and disappoint for as long William Clay Ford Sr. is calling the shots. They always have, and they always will.


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