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Lions risk their mojo, sign Matt Millen’s cousin

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The Lions have been busy scrubbing Matt Millen’s thumbprints off their organization, but now they’ve brought in some of his own blood.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the team has signed Millen’s cousin, undrafted Richmond quarterback John Laub.

Laub’s bio at Richmond identified him as the former GM’s relative, which should automatically make him a long shot to make the roster, lest they tempt fate (31-84 during the Millen Era, or Millen Error, as it were).

Of course, the numbers alone do make Laub an underdog, as the Lions bring back all three quarterbacks from last season (Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill and Kellen Moore) and are also bringing Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder to camp.

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20 Responses to “Lions risk their mojo, sign Matt Millen’s cousin”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: May 1, 2013 11:32 AM

    It would have been funny if he had been a WR.

  2. crashlion says: May 1, 2013 11:35 AM

    I just hope that if he ever walked into the front office, Mayhew wouldn’t turn into mush like he did with Millen.

  3. cliverush says: May 1, 2013 11:41 AM

    The kid is related to someone you do not care for so you label him a loser and an automatic long shot. How would you like being held to the same standard. Florio, it is time to look for new talent and get rid of some of the dead weight around the office. Who knows, maybe they have relatives you don,t respect.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 1, 2013 11:55 AM

    Millen had a pretty bad run, but weren’t the Lions pretty bad before Millen and after Millen, too? Why does he get singled out?

  5. audioflint says: May 1, 2013 11:55 AM

    Good thing he’s not the GM anymore. We might have taken him 5th overall. JK Matt!

  6. sirsupersouthern says: May 1, 2013 12:26 PM

    Matt Millen is 55 years old. How is it possible that this kid is his “cousin?”

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 1, 2013 12:36 PM

    My apologies. I just wikipediaed him and saw that the Lions had the worst 8-year record in the history of the NFL while Millen was GM. That is pretty bad.

  8. lorddarkhelmet says: May 1, 2013 12:36 PM

    RickSpielman: Without googeling I believe they were 9-7 the season before Millen so no they were not bad just very mediocre.

  9. inyofaceagain says: May 1, 2013 12:51 PM


  10. jimmylions says: May 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    @Rick Spielman is a Magician:
    Actually, the Lions made the playoffs semi-regularly before the arrival of Matt Millen. Millen came in to take the Lions to the next level and make them a Super Bowl team! Ha!

    And btw – Millen has even tried to blame his failure as a GM on the Detroit fans. No kidding.

    I’m hoping the role they have planned for the new Millen is tackling dummy for the defensive line.

  11. hyzers says: May 1, 2013 1:10 PM

    No one ever accused Millen of being a bad player…

  12. atruccon says: May 1, 2013 1:20 PM

    Please get this guy out of here. Matt Millen was a cancer on this organization (literally the worst GM of any of the four major sports in the last 50 years), and I’m sure the Lions fan base (myself included) want nothing remotely related to him being involved in the lions organization. Nothing against the kid, but they really should release him; there are 31 other NFL teams that could give him a shot.

  13. eatitfanboy says: May 1, 2013 1:23 PM

    cliverush- Where does anyone call him a loser or a long shot? Are the voices in your head talking to you again?

    Listen, this kid comes from my hometown, so absolutely I wish him the best. But he had a very underwhelming college career.

    He’s not a loser, but he is certainly a long shot.

  14. my2cents27 says: May 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    Does Wayne Fontes by any chance have a cousin??

    Just wondering…

  15. normdogg says: May 1, 2013 1:48 PM

    Since we now have 5 QBs on the roster, I guess this means we can now say “never” on Tim Tebow.

  16. obsession55 says: May 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    great signing…they can let the d-line loose on him in camp, then enjoy every second of cutting him!

  17. tokyosandblaster says: May 1, 2013 2:41 PM

    I actually think the Lions want to go 0-16 again, so that if any other team ever goes 0-16, they can say “we’ve done it TWICE!”

  18. spooke1978 says: May 1, 2013 7:36 PM

    Millen was a great player. As long as his cousin stays out of the front office we’ll be fine.

  19. Ponsonby_Britt says: May 1, 2013 8:11 PM

    The picture included with the story…well, it sure looks like it tells the story.

  20. footballfather says: May 2, 2013 4:24 PM

    That dude should NOT want to admit that he’s related to Matt Millen…..

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