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Matt Millen says Ernie Sims didn't fit with Detroit's new defense

simsjpg-dd58aedb863a5d39_medium.jpgAs yet another first-round pick from the failed Matt Millen regime in Detroit becomes a former member of the team, who better to explain what happened with linebacker Ernie Sims than, well, Matt Millen?

In an interview with 97.3 FM in Atlantic City, Millen told Mike Gill of The Sportsbash that Sims simply doesn’t fit the new defense that’s being implemented in Detroit.

As Millen explains it, Sims was drafted to play weakside linebacker in the Tampa Two/Cover Two defense, which is premised on speed and athleticism.  Under coach Jim Schwartz, larger linebackers are required.

Millen also suggested that the Eagles got a steal, given that they got the ninth pick in the 2006 draft for only a fifth-round selection.

“The problem is when you change the defense, sometimes guys fit, [and] sometimes they don’t fit,” Millen said.

Still, the Lions got tight end Tony Scheffler and a seventh-round pick for Sims.  If anyone got screwed here, it was Denver, who got a two-round upgrade (from seven to five) for a guy who was a second-round pick four years ago.

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  1. JDMP says: Apr 19, 2010 9:39 PM

    STFU Millen

  2. DryBle says: Apr 19, 2010 9:42 PM

    Not a good sign for the Eagles when Millen says you got a steal

  3. pacificamike says: Apr 19, 2010 9:43 PM

    matt millen should be drawn and quartered. go back in your cave you miserable P0S

  4. MYOHFACE says: Apr 19, 2010 9:46 PM

    Every time I see that mans name it makes me sick, I lived in the Detroit “area” my whole life, a devoted Lions fan, my whole life, I cant believe this man gets paid to give his opinion about talent, not to mention he is suing to get the remainder of his contract from the Lions, he said years ago that if he was ever not wanted, he would walk away, and would not expect to get paid, THIS GUY IS A SCUMBAG and the NFL and ESPN should be ashamed for putting him on the air to give opinions

  5. marktg30 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:46 PM

    Matt Millen wanted Detroit’s defense to have another WR.. Thats all.

  6. RoaringFork78 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:47 PM

    I think Florio is the only person who gives a rat’s arse what Matt Millen thinks. Kinda begs the question on why I bother to check this site for anything.

  7. Big Stretch says: Apr 19, 2010 9:47 PM

    Matt Millen is a F’ing idiot.

  8. kishcollageit says: Apr 19, 2010 9:48 PM

    How the hell does Millen have any right to comment about the Lions or the NFL? How does he find work talking football? Does anyone listen to this ass? How about ask him what its like to run a team into the ground and getting $8 Million a year for it?

  9. efangule says: Apr 19, 2010 9:48 PM

    Why would anybody give any credit to what Matt Millen has to say?

  10. Fievel says: Apr 19, 2010 9:50 PM

    Sims didn’t fit in the Tampa Two defense and it screwed him up!!! MOR0N!!!1!11!!!!

  11. JDMP says: Apr 19, 2010 9:50 PM

    If anyones getting screwed here it’s the lions fans who had to put up with 10 years of millen’s BS and still have to hear about him.

  12. subadai says: Apr 19, 2010 9:51 PM

    Dang….
    Millen says that Sims doesn’t fit in Detroit’s scheme.
    We all know what that means:
    Sims is an All Pro in Detroit’s scheme.
    Why does anyone ever listen to what this douchebag says?

  13. shukey11 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:53 PM

    And Matt Millen is the one person all of us should listen to. Remember he was the GM Who got his team to 16-0 L-W record.

  14. winslow says: Apr 19, 2010 9:55 PM

    Philly wins.
    Detroit continues a strong off season.
    And Denver is so very screwed.
    They haven’t done anything right since McDaniels arrived.
    Lousy draft last year.
    Poor trades this year.
    That roster is headed south faster than Kim Kardashian around an open fly.

  15. msnyder275 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:55 PM

    Denver got screwed in the deal? I blame Jay Cutler.

  16. mrlelli says: Apr 19, 2010 9:55 PM

    This trade for Sims reminds me of the Jonathan Vilma trade from the Jets to the Saints. Same exact situation and look how it worked out for the Saints.

  17. kilo31actual says: Apr 19, 2010 9:55 PM

    I seriously doubt Ernie Sims didn’t fit with Detroit’s new defense. I think the problem was just Matt Millen. Anything that comes out of Millen’s mouth is no longer credible. The guy doesn’t know how to run a football team. The man single handley destroyed the Lions franchise. Man, I wish he would’ve ran either the Cowboys, Eagles or Redskins instead.

  18. kishcollageit says: Apr 19, 2010 9:56 PM

    Is it possible to fire Millen again?

  19. tingbatz says: Apr 19, 2010 9:56 PM

    Who still talks to Matt Millen??
    Seriously. How does this man still have a job in football?

  20. fatsacjack says: Apr 19, 2010 9:56 PM

    Like that idiot has any validitity to give his opinion on personnel isues.

  21. rmac says: Apr 19, 2010 9:57 PM

    Matt Millen?????? Boy, that holds alot of weight when it comes to evaluating talent.

  22. padooka says: Apr 19, 2010 9:58 PM

    I have been reading PFT for many years and have never made a comment. However, how can anyone believe anything Matt Millen has to say about the Lions or any football team for that matter? He is the sole reason for the demise of the Detroit Lions. He took a not too good team and completely destroyed it. Matt Millen has absolutely no credibility whatsoever.

  23. m2karateman says: Apr 19, 2010 9:59 PM

    Millen should keep his mouth shut about anything having to do with football in Detroit. He ruined this franchise, not just for the decade he was here, but for at least three years beyond his departure. Schwartz and Mayhew are trying to undo the carnage he left behind. As a football GM, he was talentless and classless…..and an even worse evaluator of football talent.

  24. detroit says: Apr 19, 2010 10:00 PM

    Millen givving insight on a player? GWUMP….Sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
    Thanks for all the useless/wasted picks Matty Boy! with Sims gone, we have only 10 players left since the 2000 draft and only 2 of them starters. That means only 8 left to cleanse the team of your ineptitude.

  25. wingslions76 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:00 PM

    Hey Matt – great to hear from you! If there’s one thing this world needs more of, it’s Matt Millen making sense of the s*!t show that is the Lions. Welcome to Webster’s living definition of irony.

  26. Buffalo Hogan says: Apr 19, 2010 10:01 PM

    Millen proved one thing during his tenure as GM: not just any idiot off the street or out of the booth can run an NFL team.

  27. BDiddy says: Apr 19, 2010 10:03 PM

    You lost me at “Matt Millen Says…”

  28. TheFoo says: Apr 19, 2010 10:06 PM

    Of course Millen is trying to spin it. He’s the clown that drafted the guy in the top 10 that just got traded for a FIFTH. More evidence Millen is a turd.
    And then a non-cover 2 team trades for him?
    Why did anyone hire this clown for his analysis?

  29. SlickWillyBelichick says: Apr 19, 2010 10:06 PM

    Matt Millen
    Stick to the booth….
    you have zero street with this crew……seriously everytime someone hears you talk about “personal” ,everyone says the same question to themselves……..”What the F*$@does he know?”

  30. marjo says: Apr 19, 2010 10:08 PM

    Who cares. Millen destroyed the Lions.

  31. detroit says: Apr 19, 2010 10:10 PM

    I was wrong. In all fairness, Millen left us with 11 players from his draft and 4 of them are starters. Not bad Matty, 11 out of 62 picks with 4 starters. Good work buddy, thanks again!

  32. thousandcasts says: Apr 19, 2010 10:10 PM

    As a lifelong Lions fan I can safely state that no one in the state of Michigan, who cares about the Lions, really gives a **** what Millen has to say.
    In fact, Millen would just be better served to have a nice hot cup of “Shut the **** up.”

  33. brownsfn says: Apr 19, 2010 10:11 PM

    worst GM in NFL history…just go away…who would really listen to this guys input???

  34. Stone says: Apr 19, 2010 10:11 PM

    I can’t believe Matt Millen has the audacity to defend this trade or talk up this player. Its a steal that the Eagles got the 9th pick in the 06 draft for a 5th rounder??? Hey douche bag, Seattle just signed Mike Williams off the wire for nothing! How about that for a steal??? Idiot.

  35. mann1976 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:11 PM

    how the hell does he know they fired his ass

  36. Sow Crates says: Apr 19, 2010 10:13 PM

    Don’t forget that Denver spent a second round pick LAST year on a TE who had one return for 19 yards and two special team tackles (Richard Quinn)
    Fine if he’s a blocking TE, but even Mark Bruener would catch passes once in a while, and he didn’t cost a second round pick!
    Can’t wait to see what Denver’s rookies this year. As Bad as Cutler’s interceptions were last year, they were just a louder version of the same disappointment Alphonso Smith and Robert Ayers have brought Denver in their first years.
    And before you tell me how good a KR/PR Smith is, with that 5th round pick pitched in the Cutler deal, Bears got a pro bowl alternate KR who produced far better numbers with Cutler than Eddie Royal with Orton

  37. sommerday says: Apr 19, 2010 10:13 PM

    Matt only knew how to make Bill Ford his little football buddy. Unless some other football GM was holding his hand and feeding him player info (pre-Lions GM days), Matt was clueless about players. Where’s his excuse for Charles Rogers, Michael Williams, …
    Ok Matt, don’t forget when Mickey’s big hand is on 12 and his little hand is on …

  38. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Apr 19, 2010 10:15 PM

    So the Schwartz wasn’t with Ernie Sims.

  39. botchedextrapoint says: Apr 19, 2010 10:15 PM

    A smart team would sign Millen to be an advisor to their GM and do the exact opposite of everything he recomends

  40. Swillhog says: Apr 19, 2010 10:16 PM

    Yeah, Matt. He doesn’t fit. They are trying to build a good defense. Actually, they’re trying to build a legitimate NFL franchise. That’s why none of your draft picks outside of Calvin Johnson are fitting. And to be honest, Joe Thomas would have fit better, you most giant D-bag of all D-bags on earth.

  41. Texas Pistoleer says: Apr 19, 2010 10:17 PM

    0-16. Why does anyone care about Matt Millen’s opinion, especially regarding player evaluation? He has zero credibility — in fact it’s probably negative because I instinctively think he’s wrong about anything he says unless proven otherwise.

  42. nflhof says: Apr 19, 2010 10:18 PM

    I freaking hate Matt Millen

  43. Big BrEasy says: Apr 19, 2010 10:19 PM

    The question is not who get the better deal here, but what exactly is Favre doing at this moment??

  44. theReapercalls says: Apr 19, 2010 10:21 PM

    Oh Millen says,?!?! oh ok…yea I think my pubical sack has more credibility than this jizz-wad. go set another franchise back ten years, you human piece of excrement

  45. mmcnulty says: Apr 19, 2010 10:22 PM

    There was clearly something wrong in Detroit other than player selection. It’s not like they were reaching for players. They were getting good players, and something happened when they got to Detroit. I’m going to say either just something about the team itself, or more likely, a severe depression set in when they realized, oh my god now I have to live in detroit.

  46. NFLFollower says: Apr 19, 2010 10:24 PM

    This coming from Millen who consistently drafted players that did not fit the scheme his numerous head coaches were trying to implement. Anything he says is pretty much null and void after his time as a GM in the NFL. The Millen era put it front and center exactly how little many of the talking heads we have to listen to actually know about putting together a winning team.

  47. comment_submission_error says: Apr 19, 2010 10:24 PM

    Who cares about Millen? The payoff here is that Scheffler got sent to Detroit.

  48. Franchise says: Apr 19, 2010 10:24 PM

    Is he trying to validate the fact that they traded one of their only really solid defensive players for a pass catching TE, which if I remember right, they spent their #1 pick last year on?
    Brilliant!

  49. Farves sweet Hair says: Apr 19, 2010 10:33 PM

    That means he was a perfect fit if Millen the idiot is saying this.

  50. rawdogg says: Apr 19, 2010 10:38 PM

    A Steal? Philly fans don’t get your hopes up with this guy. I am a die hard Lions fan. This guy aint worth sh*t. Yeah hes real fast and he supposedly a hard hitter. But he never hits anyone, he never makes plays behind the LOS either. Earlier I heard that dumb@ass Marcellus Wiley talkin about how good Sims is and how hes got sideline to sideline speed. All the guy does is chase down tacklers way beyond the line of scrimmage. Hes garbage. Good riddance Ernie. Some data to back me up. Check it out Philly fans.
    http://www.profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=OLB3&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=-1&numsnaps=25&numgames=1

  51. fatsacjack says: Apr 19, 2010 10:38 PM

    like this guy has any validity when talking about personnel decisions

  52. OpinionsNAholes says: Apr 19, 2010 10:44 PM

    I bet if you took a poll on what football personality the general public would most like to STFU and just go away… it would be Millen.
    Seriously, it must be a rough day when any opinion this guy has makes a headline anywhere.

  53. TryTheVeal says: Apr 19, 2010 10:45 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I can’t say I’m thrilled they aquired someone Matt Millen drafted in the first round. I would rather listen to Lions fans analysis of Sims(injury prone,out of position,undersized etc.) than anything Millen has to say….

  54. Swillhog says: Apr 19, 2010 10:46 PM

    #$%*!!! Just reading what that D-bag has to say makes me want to punch his mustached face. #$%*!!!

  55. GirthyOne says: Apr 19, 2010 10:47 PM

    Why does anyone want to ask Matt Millen an opinion?
    Maybe they should start out with, “As a GM who failed miserably…………………………………?”

  56. rhf123 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:48 PM

    Jerry Jones, please sign Matt Millen, he is available.

  57. Lionfreq says: Apr 19, 2010 10:50 PM

    Millen should be banned from the NFL. He is an embarressment.

  58. OC Dave says: Apr 19, 2010 10:51 PM

    The guy who wouldn’t know a football if it hit him in the head and who got the Lions into the mess they’re in because of his draft choices and FA’s is giving the reasons why Sims didn’t fit? LOOK IN THE MIRROR ,MATT, AND AND YOU’LL SEE THE JACKASS THAT DIDN’T KNOW TALENT AND HOW THEY FIT INTO ANY SCHEME.GIVE THE MONEY BACK YOU STOLE FROM DETROIT YOU MISERABLE HUMAN BEING!

  59. SleazyWhipcashPersonalInjuryAttorney says: Apr 19, 2010 10:51 PM

    I find McDaniels very interesting.
    Once again, he has made some extremely aggressive moves, ridding the roster of players who obviously weren’t on board.
    This will not doubt earn his little nerd self credibility.
    It can’t be easy for a little midget with a weak voice and frat boy affect to take control of a locker room of NFL players.
    Respect McDaniels! He’s all in. Let’s see what happens. At least he wasn’t afraid to put it all on the line. Kind of like a boxer who swings for the fences. Win or lose, at least he fought with heart.

  60. jth23 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:52 PM

    There is a good reason to not draft Tebow. This guy is a proven cry baby every time he loses. Thats not a lie. Go back and watch the last 2 games this idiot lost and he cried like a bitch. I hope the GM’s and people had fun with that one in their meetings with Tim at the combine and workouts and such. What a pussy

  61. Big Stretch says: Apr 19, 2010 10:54 PM

    Matt Millen is a F’ing idiot.

  62. bakinblack says: Apr 19, 2010 10:57 PM

    They need another TE to stay in and block so Stafford can stand up for another second to throw it up for grabs in hopes of a festivus miracle.

  63. i liek sports says: Apr 19, 2010 11:10 PM

    Anything Millen says should be instantly disregarded.

  64. ToledoLions says: Apr 19, 2010 11:16 PM

    @ Franchise,
    Not a really solid defensive player. He was barely the 4th best LB on the Lions last year. Which is why he got benched for a rookie picked in the 3rd round.
    You aren’t very Brilliant!

  65. hipplefontes says: Apr 19, 2010 11:21 PM

    Millen, the mastermind of the only 0-16 team in NFL history says the Eagles got a steal. Uh, sorry Eagle fan, 1st round Ernie will bust-out just like 1st round; Joey, Charlie, Roy, Kevin, Mike, and Gosder. Millen the worst F***in’ GM in American sports history. He doesn’t know talent. That’s not an opinion, that is a stone-cold-fact. My Blind Grandma could pick names out of a bag and do better than this genius.

  66. loyallionsfan says: Apr 19, 2010 11:23 PM

    Sims struggled in the Tampa 2 as well as the new defense. I wouldn’t say he’s a bust but considering some of Millen’s other picks but injuries and being undersized, it was a gamble taking him a 9 when we did. http://www.michigansportschat.com

  67. Dont Taze Me Bro says: Apr 19, 2010 11:31 PM

    In everyone’s rush to trash Millen, did anybody consider the fact that he’s absolutely correct on this matter. Simms is a pretty good player and Detroit changed their defense. The Eagles got a steal. Unless everyone now thinks the Eagles are stupid too?
    As for McDaniels, this guy is obviously an egomaniac. He learned from Belichick who was known to get rid of players that weren’t his kind of guys. Parcels does the same thing. The difference being Parcels and Nelichick have been at this for decades. McDaniels has been at it for 10 minutes.
    Say the term “belichick guy” or “parcels guy” and you have a good idea what kind of player you’re talking about. Who is a McDaniels guy? Apparently a McDaniels guy is any unproven player who will not dare question the loopy-eyed egomaniac.

  68. pdxbolt4life says: Apr 19, 2010 11:34 PM

    He should stand in a very public place place in downtown Detroit and deliver his talent assessments. I would actually pay big money on pay per view to watch him get his ass beat. Anyone remember the crazy lady from the movie Airplane who freaked out on the plane?? It could be something like that.

  69. goodjuan says: Apr 19, 2010 11:38 PM

    You going to Millen for talent evaluation says more about you than him.

  70. Super Charged says: Apr 20, 2010 12:11 AM

    What the hell is Denver doing?????? A low fifth round pick for Sheffler???? That is a Matt Millen type move. Millen is the worst GM in the history of sports most likely, certainly in the history of the NFL. The hard nosed linebacker who drafts WRs and fielded one of the worst defenses the NFL has seen.
    The Eagles have suddenly put together a fast defense with Tapp and Simms. Taylor Mays at 24 is looking good now.

  71. toolville says: Apr 20, 2010 12:46 AM

    First post here. I had to sign up to warn my fellow f-ball groupies.
    IGNORE anything that blowhard p.o.s. Millen has to say. That man is a tard of the highest order.
    If you see him on t.v., just changed the channel please.

  72. kingkolb says: Apr 20, 2010 12:46 AM

    HOORAY says Philadelphia…

  73. simple_simon1 says: Apr 20, 2010 12:52 AM

    Wow…. After just 30 years in football Millen finally got something right…. LOL… Had to happen eventually

  74. Humboldt420 says: Apr 20, 2010 1:21 AM

    Matt Millen surely deserves his share of blame for the Lions mess. However, take a look at the whole picture. The guy who is deserves true blame for Millen is the owner. How can the owner allow Millen to do what he did?

  75. Diegocarrera says: Apr 20, 2010 1:34 AM

    Many of these posts are right. Millen is a scumbag. ESPN should be ashamed for employing this failed GM.

  76. chitownlionsfan410 says: Apr 20, 2010 2:09 AM

    Dear Matt Millen,
    you have single handedly ruined not only the integrity, but the face of the lions as well as the football nation in Michigan. The fact that you convince yourself that someone in the world, other than the author of this article and his interviewer, actually cares what you think, is absolutely the most ignorant thing i’ve ever seen as a sports fan.
    -A Witness

  77. TexansMike says: Apr 20, 2010 2:15 AM

    Matt Millen= LOSER

  78. insanity23mike says: Apr 20, 2010 3:25 AM

    Matt Millen was the problem in Detroit.. the real problem was that they never had a real QB besides Garcia and/or Kitna
    at times they looked decent and played competitive(almost beating the high powered cowboys)
    Roy Williams wasnt a bad pick he just hasnt been used properly in Dallas..
    I mean 4teams were interested in trading for him 3yrs ago not just Dallas.. remember philly

  79. Freebird2010 says: Apr 20, 2010 5:13 AM

    Matt Millen is the worst GM in the history of professional sports whose incompetence will never again be matched. It’s a record which will never be broken.
    Anyway, if history has shown us anything is that Ernie Sims was a reach at No. 9 overall to begin with. Focusing solely on the LB position, Demeco Ryans has been a far better player.

  80. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 20, 2010 6:09 AM

    As soon as something football related starts off as “Matt Millen said…” means it is a comedy and shouldn’t be taken seriously. How this guy still has a job in the NFL or broadcasting is stunning.

  81. last starfighter says: Apr 20, 2010 6:46 AM

    Sims was one of the few good players Millen drafted. Linebacker is a weak spot on the team and they just traded their best one. Puzzling.

  82. Kevin from Philly says: Apr 20, 2010 7:41 AM

    “Not a good sign for the Eagles when Millen says you got a steal”
    On the contrary – who knows more about stealing than Millen? He stole every dollar the Lions ever gave him.

  83. FireJerryJones says: Apr 20, 2010 7:50 AM

    Matt Millen screwed the Lions.
    Gotta blame the owner for keeping him on the payroll for so long.

  84. Mr Krinkle says: Apr 20, 2010 8:40 AM

    Matt Millen giving advice on football is like OJ becoming a marriage counselor.

  85. Farves sweet Hair says: Apr 20, 2010 8:55 AM

    Regardless of Millen. The Lions suck cuz the owner & his family sucks!

  86. odds75to1 says: Apr 20, 2010 9:05 AM

    BDiddy says:
    April 19, 2010 10:03 PM
    You lost me at “Matt Millen Says…”
    Beautiful!

  87. SamHayne says: Apr 20, 2010 9:16 AM

    Problem is, as Millen says, Ernie was drafted for the Tampa 2, he didn’t fit that either.
    Ernie Sims is a straight ahead runner. See the ball, get the ball is all he can do. If he has to think or a blocker gets in his way, it’s all over…….
    Sims is a BUST & the Eagles, if they have to big of ideas for him, will be very unpleased with this guy.

  88. overkil2 says: Apr 20, 2010 9:17 AM

    “FireJerryJones says:
    April 20, 2010 7:50 AM
    Matt Millen screwed the Lions.
    Gotta blame the owner for keeping him on the payroll for so long.

    Gotta agree here. Millen isn’t going to fire himself.
    Just like I blame Huisenga for the Fins coaching and GM mistakes before The Tuna took over.

  89. coolg3721 says: Apr 20, 2010 9:20 AM

    who let this turd out of the toilet?

  90. Outfoxed says: Apr 20, 2010 10:32 AM

    MATT MILLAN SAYS—-
    Now there is the start to a really qualified statement. Few have ever witnessed such blatant incompetence in his tenure as GM, or in any other leadership position.
    Please don’t get us all started.

  91. bigbadmac says: Apr 20, 2010 12:36 PM

    Nobody gives a flyin s*** what Millen has to say.STFU and bury yourself in a hole you degenerate.Guess what a**hole he didnt work in your system either!!!!

  92. Mike says: Apr 20, 2010 12:56 PM

    Millen is a fraud!!! Take his advise and pull a “Costanza” with it by doing the opposite. Everything Millen says and does is wrong so if you do the oppposite, you have to be right.

  93. Mike says: Apr 20, 2010 12:56 PM

    Millen is a fraud!!! Take his advise and pull a “Costanza” with it by doing the opposite. Everything Millen says and does is wrong so if you do the oppposite, you have to be right.

  94. tea_jaye17 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:35 PM

    who better to explain what happened with linebacker Ernie Sims than, well, Matt Millen?
    r u kidding me Florio??? this is garbage, i think im done with this site

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