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Millen Heading To NFLN?

We reported last week that ESPN’s Matt Millen was miffed at the addition of Jon Gruden to the network’s Monday Night Football broadcast.  As we’ve heard it, Millen believes he was promised dibs on the first open chair in the booth.  (ESPN denied that any such promise was made to Millen, or that he was upset about anything.)
We also reported that, before taking a job with ESPN, Millen had an agreement in principle with NBC — and that he also was talking to NFL Network about replacing Cris Collinsworth as the color analyst for Thursday Night Football.  (Collinsworth will be replacing John Madden as the analyst on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and consequently stepping away from his part-time gig at NFLN.)
We’d been told that, after Millen didn’t get the spot that went to Gruden, Millen tried to resurrect negotiations with NFLN.  Initially, we heard that the league-owned network was not expected to be receptive, given that Millen previously had dissed NFLN.
We’re now hearing that Millen could end up getting the job.
Millen likely would take the position on a moonlighting basis, working for ESPN as a college football analyst and as one of the members of the Monday Night Football pre-game and post-game on-site desk, in the chair previously “debacled” by Emmitt Smith.
But things could get dicey in November, once the NFLN games begin and the college season is still winding down.  For any NCAA games Millen would be working on a Saturday, he’d be showing up at the site of the contest on Friday.
So it’s unknown whether ESPN has agreed to this extra hat for Millen.  Reached by e-mail this afternoon, ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer was not aware of the possible NFLN arrangement for Millen.
Meanwhile, one source with knowledge of the dynamics between Millen and NFLN analyst Steve Mariucci suggested that things could get awkward between the former Lions G.M. and the former Lions head coach.  “The guys don’t like each other, to say the least,” the source said.

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25 Responses to “Millen Heading To NFLN?”
  1. Favre2012 says: May 27, 2009 6:18 PM

    “one source with knowledge of the dynamics between Millen and NFLN analyst Steve Mariucci suggested that things could get awkward between the former Lions G.M. and the former Lions head coach. “The guys don’t like each other, to say the least,” the source said.”
    Why do they need to like each other??? They’re just there to analyze football!

  2. desides says: May 27, 2009 6:19 PM

    Why are these organizations fighting over Millen in the first place? He has zero credibility.

  3. blackglass3 says: May 27, 2009 6:21 PM

    I’d rather have Emmitt back at ESPN. He built numberous comedy pyramids!

  4. JimmyLions says: May 27, 2009 6:26 PM

    I’d kind of like to see Rich Eisen have a free form interview with Millen. During the NFL Draft coverage Eisen teased Mooch about drafting USC WR Mike Williams (a first round pick who is now Mr. Irrelevant). Eisen would have a field day with Millen — they’d have to invoke a mercy rule at some point.

  5. empty13 says: May 27, 2009 6:28 PM

    ratings gold!

  6. the hack says: May 27, 2009 6:31 PM

    Millen will live on as long as there are people that think Elvis is still alive.

  7. Raider Pride says: May 27, 2009 6:32 PM

    Millen is not heading to NFLN or ESPN.
    Millen is heading back to Detroit.
    He is going back to a role as a President and C.E.O. in Detroit.
    I have this information from a trusted source.
    After looking at his track record of achievement with the Detoit Lions, General Motors thought he would be better than any President and C.E.O. they have had.
    He has been hired by General Motors.
    End of rumors.
    Buy American.

  8. Kotite says: May 27, 2009 6:53 PM

    Matt Millen makes Isiah Thomas look like Stephen Hawking, yet he is actually in demand for tv gigs. Like much of America… I will never get it.

  9. cromartie says: May 27, 2009 6:54 PM

    I’ll second desides statement here. The guy walks onto a television set with 0-16 stenciled on his forehead. Could he get away with being a color analyst? Maybe. Do the Westwood One package? Sure.
    But to march him out there as some kind of studio analyst after an abortion of a tenure in Detroit and expect viewers to take him seriously is absurd.
    Perhaps if Mariucci didn’t think that rolling in at 10 a.m. and leaving at 2 p.m. during game weeks constituted a full workday, he’d still have a coaching job. Certainly he should take issue with Millen, but Mooch should take a nice loooong look in the mirror about his tenure in Detroit before focusing on “not getting along” with Millen.

  10. nflfann says: May 27, 2009 7:04 PM

    Lions need Millen back, with him they win an avg. of 2 games a season
    .
    http://usfl2010.proboards.com/index.cgi

  11. empty13 says: May 27, 2009 7:30 PM

    more like 4 wins, not 2 per year, with millen.

  12. myusernamestinks says: May 27, 2009 8:28 PM

    Nobody cares about Mooch. He’s no better as a talking head than he was as a coach. He’s about as compelling as Steve Young. At least Millen has some notoriety.

  13. kenny1978 says: May 27, 2009 8:59 PM

    Millen was a very good talking head on TV before he went to Detroit and proved he was not a good GM. But he is very good in the booth, So I do not understand all the hater here. I am from Michigan so I know what he did in Detroit, But the man does deserve to work.

  14. Eric the Red says: May 27, 2009 9:11 PM

    I’ll Third it.
    What the F_ _ K!
    I swear… whichever network ends up with this guy, gets their volume muted during all games.
    What is wrong with people… I have absolutely nothing against this guy… he is just bad. Can someone explain why anyone is going after this guy?

  15. JamesfromtheD says: May 27, 2009 9:26 PM

    The man has no shame.

  16. nflfann says: May 27, 2009 10:04 PM

    Millen is not heading to NFLN or ESPN.
    Millen is heading back to Detroit.
    He is going back to a role as a President and C.E.O. in Detroit.
    I have this information from a trusted source.
    After looking at his track record of achievement with the Detoit Lions, General Motors thought he would be better than any President and C.E.O. they have had.
    He has been hired by General Motors.
    End of rumors.
    Buy American.
    Millen will be working for Eminiem as a body guard.
    He will be wearing the new Lions logo as part of his outfit.
    Millen will also be endorsing “Beano” on local TV.
    I have reliable sources.
    Love,
    Joe Isuzu

  17. Ford says: May 27, 2009 10:32 PM

    How is that so many people are jobless right now, and this idiot has two networks fighting for him?!

  18. nflfann says: May 27, 2009 10:34 PM

    New reports about Millen:
    It appears Raider Pride and Millen will be hooking up for the new Raiders theme video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eEF8zplJY8&feature=related

  19. nflfann says: May 27, 2009 10:46 PM

    Has the NFL become so arrogant?
    Do they really think with the economy this rotten and millions out of work, that we would spend hundreds of dollars on seats and merchandise, to watch guys making millions per game who don’t even play hard or care about fans?
    Anybody that patronizes the NFL this season is a complete idiot.
    The NFL doesn’t care about you. Hit them in the pocket book.
    Then prices will come down.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix081prSiNc&feature=related

  20. Mike D says: May 28, 2009 7:51 AM

    Quite frankly, Millen should be thankful and eternally grateful that any employer outside of 7-Eleven would have an interest in his services.
    I’m not sure i’ll ever understand why any of these networks want to include him as part of their broadcast team.

  21. ROMO4PRES says: May 28, 2009 8:37 AM

    Just waiting to see this in SI’s signs that ‘The Appocalypse is Upon Us”.

  22. HaveYouQuitYourDayJob says: May 28, 2009 11:16 AM

    Flouride, please tell the people you talk to throughout the league and especially at the networks that the fans don’t want to see Millen at all.
    Period. The closest we want him to the NFL is working at a construction site with Vick.

  23. VonClausewitz says: May 28, 2009 11:22 AM

    Here’s the thing. I would have no problems with Millen being the same arrogant guy he was prior to Detroit, because frankly he’s done a lot of things on the field and probably deserves some leeway. I would have no problems except for the fact that during and since Detroit he’s acted like a complete douche. I won’t even talk about the record. There are lots of incompetent people – that doesn’t bother me at all. But staying for that long? Despite his obvious failures? And then essentially having to get kicked out after a massive public outcry that lasted for years because he wouldn’t do the honorable thing? And then complaining about it and threatening legal action??? Woah. But wait there’s more. So his tv buddies give him a freebee back into the game when literally nobody wants to see his face. He should feel grateful. And what does he do? He saunters back into arrogant POS mode complaining about this and that, badmouthing this and that and generally acting like a tool. What special kind of a dick is he?

  24. klungemonger says: May 28, 2009 1:21 PM

    VonClausewitz your argument makes no sense, based mainly on the fact that not you or anyone else would have done what you think Millen should have done. If you were working someplace making good money but realized you weren’t that good at your job would you just up-and-quit without anyone asking you to or holding you accountable for your performance??? No you wouldn’t!!! Especially if your boss just kept giving you more money and said, “Keep trying!” Millen would have been an idiot to have quit a sweet gig like that.
    The caveat is of course that everyone hates him now and he’ll never work for a team again, but if he’d have left in half the time that would still be the case. To quit a great job where your boss throws money at you, never threatens you, and doesn’t hold you accountable for performance would be plain stupid. Has nothing to do with honor. He sucked at the job, and although fans hated him he didn’t have to answer to them, he answered to Ford who cut his checks…and just kept on cutting them for 8 years. So that’s whose fault it is.

  25. lionsfandan says: May 28, 2009 4:43 PM

    I recently visited a chapel in Italy with a large painting depicting the final judgment. The biggest a–holes are being eternally eaten and defecated by giant blue demons.
    In Hell there is a Honolulu Blue and Silver demon awaiting Matt Millen.

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