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Lions fans won’t get to welcome back Matt Millen

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When the 2011 regular-season schedule came out, one of the first games I circled on the schedule lands on Monday, October 10.

Chicago at Detroit.

It marks the return of the long-suffering Lions to Monday Night Football.  And it also entailed (or so we thought at the time) the return of Matt Millen to Motown.

Millen has been part of ESPN’s on-site Monday Night Football coverage for the last two years, sitting at a field-level desk with Stuart Scott and Steve Young.

It would have been loud.  It would have been memorable.  It would have been great.

But, alas, it won’t be.

Trent Dilfer is taking Millen’s spot, as Millen focuses exclusively on college football for 2011.

And so Millen, who had three jobs last season (ESPN college football, Monday Night Football, and NFLN Thursday Night Football) is down to one.

Lions fans would say that’s still one too many.

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37 Responses to “Lions fans won’t get to welcome back Matt Millen”
  1. trbowman says: Aug 17, 2011 5:03 PM

    This is very disappointing……

  2. Lou Pickney says: Aug 17, 2011 5:04 PM

    That’s disappointing — I was hoping that Detroit could welcome him back in style. Martin Mayhew has done a great job at the Lions GM and only now is the team moving back toward the point of respectability — that’s how much damage Millen caused during his time managing the team.

  3. ttt56 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:04 PM

    Yes we would. Especially since they still have the guts to let him work Michigan games. Fire Millen!

  4. huhfasi says: Aug 17, 2011 5:07 PM

    I was about to buy my plane tickets back to Michigan for that game. This make it slightly less worth it.

  5. phillyisinvading says: Aug 17, 2011 5:10 PM

    He’s got all the makings of an all-pro NFL receiver.

  6. Soulman45 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:14 PM

    Frist to say it is time for us Lions fans to move on it over with.

  7. mrcosio says: Aug 17, 2011 5:15 PM

    ESPN totally did that on purpose

  8. lionsnationdotcom says: Aug 17, 2011 5:16 PM

    One too many

  9. severs28 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:18 PM

    It is one too many. Especially considering I still have to listen to him broadcast my Alma Mater.

  10. woodyg says: Aug 17, 2011 5:19 PM

    As bad as Millen was as GM in Detroit, Lion Fans will find out that their ‘losing ways’ are a franchise problem & can’t be attributed to just one person ……. Ten years from now Lion Fans will still be blaming Millen for all their ineptness on the field ……. 2011 …. Lions …… 5-11 ….. Take it to the bank …….

  11. medtxpack says: Aug 17, 2011 5:20 PM

    He is so awful…that stupid ‘millen’ around crap was dumb

  12. jdmp86 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:21 PM

    “Lions fans would say that’s still one too many.”

    Most accurate statement on this site ever!

  13. ajknox88 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:23 PM

    I feel like he honestly did no research when he was GM of the lions. “With the next overpayed bust the Lions select…”

  14. detroitkitty says: Aug 17, 2011 5:23 PM

    Good! The last thing this team needs is any reminder of the guy who sent us into the NFL wilderness for a decade.

    How he manages to parley his demonstrated talent-evaluation incompetence into jobs commenting on players is a mystery. He must have quite a collection of incriminating photos.

  15. offsideburns says: Aug 17, 2011 5:24 PM

    halle frickin lujah

  16. blaz0037 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:28 PM

    oh god, get over it already. He is not the only reason the Lions have stunk the last 15 years.

  17. zinn22 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:35 PM

    Millen may not have been a very good GM but he is a very good analyst. Insightful, quick and informative. While I can understand the dislike from Lions fans he is a pleasure to listen to during a game.

  18. buzzardpointlookout says: Aug 17, 2011 5:35 PM

    The boos at Ford Field would have been epic.

    Now if we can just get him out of that seat as the lead color analyst for ABC’s Big Ten football coverage…

  19. darthhitman says: Aug 17, 2011 5:39 PM

    blaz0037 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:28 PM

    oh god, get over it already. He is not the only reason the Lions have stunk the last 15 years.

    Guess someone needs to brush up on their history or math…or both

  20. mjkelly77 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:39 PM

    Awwwwm crap. I can almost hear the deafening chants of “Fire Millen, fire Millen, …”.

  21. philtration says: Aug 17, 2011 5:41 PM

    If this is all the Lions fans have to look forward to then they are bigger losers than I thought.

    And I did not think that highly of them to begin with.

  22. fremontrambler says: Aug 17, 2011 5:42 PM

    If he’s just working college, i.e. out of the NFL, maybe it’s time to give it a rest.

    Even Nixon got forgiven at some point.

  23. beastofeden says: Aug 17, 2011 5:44 PM

    Rodney Marinelli is the true perpetrator against the Lions faithful.

  24. schemefactory says: Aug 17, 2011 5:44 PM

    i’ll bet dollars to donuts that this game is terrible. why would they allow the lions to be

    ?

    yes, that’s what i meant

  25. motorcitykitties says: Aug 17, 2011 5:54 PM

    FI-RE MIL-LEN, FI-RE MIL-LEN. What a POS that guy is.

  26. spartaninnh says: Aug 17, 2011 6:14 PM

    Millen probably won’t come back because he’s afraid WCF filed a theft complaint against him for all the $$ he paid him over the decade. What a waste of ten years.

    For those of you saying he wasn’t the cause of it, I give you Charles Rogers. And Joey Harrington. And Michael Williams. And Ernie Sims. And Kevin Smith. And Jordan Dizon. And Marty Morninwheg. And Rod Marinelli. And….. Sorry, I’m sure you don’t have the time.

  27. schmitty2 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:21 PM

    They would to have put every security person around that announce area. The game would have taken a back seat

  28. renmasters says: Aug 17, 2011 6:24 PM

    There are a lot of stupid posts to this article from people saying to get over it or that the Lions always suck.

    We may have gone 0-16 but we’re the only ones who can say we went through it. We’re the only ones who know what that feels like.

    In the end when the Lions are playing well again we’ll remain humble and not let our success misguide us. Like so many people posting right now.

    Don’t tell us to get over it, if you can relate to it.

    Imagine the #1 team in your heart being gutted for 10 years and being the laughing stock of the league. It’s not something I would wish upon anyone.

    One job for Millen…. IS to many!

  29. redruckus81 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:25 PM

    beastofeden says:
    Aug 17, 2011 5:44 PM
    Rodney Marinelli is the true perpetrator against the Lions faithful

    ——————-

    and who may I ask hired him and allowed him to sign every Bucs reject available?

  30. orangeflh says: Aug 17, 2011 6:31 PM

    It isn’t like Millen killed the Lions on purpose, he just wasn’t very good at his job. No, wait… he completely stunk at his job.

    Any way it goes, his damage is just about done with. The Lions will likely finish second in the NFC North this year, if not a close 3rd behind the Bears (the debacle known as the Vikings are a lock to finish last).

  31. huhfasi says: Aug 17, 2011 6:41 PM

    I remember last season when he was praising DeMarcus Ware and how amazing it must be to have a guy like that on the team. Well Matt, you could have. Instead you chose your twelfth straight wide receiver. At least Mike Williams is producing now…….for another team

  32. keeponhating says: Aug 17, 2011 6:47 PM

    oh my gosh whatever will we do without matt millen’s awesome insight?
    matt millen=solid LB, terrible GM, terrible broadcaster

  33. cincybert says: Aug 17, 2011 7:25 PM

    Not only did Matt Millen destroy the Lions for a decade but he continues to inflict damage on downtrodden NFL franchises as he remains the one good argument Mike Brown has for not hiring a GM in Cincinnati.

  34. rcali says: Aug 17, 2011 7:29 PM

    So good that Millen is slowly going away. Probably a nice guy but just shouldn’t be giving football commentary.

  35. d. b. cooper says: Aug 17, 2011 8:15 PM

    He’s a better GM than he is an announcer.

  36. dwaybright says: Aug 17, 2011 9:33 PM

    I went to all the trouble of registering on this thing just to say Matt Millen as a GM and NFL analyst, is a disgrace to the NFL and not just Detroit

  37. foreverengland says: Aug 18, 2011 12:12 PM

    When the Lions hired Matt Millen, he was instantly my favorite NFL team executive. And because of the Ford’s loyalty to him, I was able to appreciate him for a long time, his total incompetence not withstanding. Why? As a tv analyst, he is an insufferable gas bag who affects a ludicrously authorative tone for his game long inane chatter. Please, somebody, get him back to the front office!

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