Matt Millen Out As Lions GM
Bill Ford, Jr. appears to have accomplished what multiple fan protests (including mass walkouts and wearing the visiting team’s colours) and the repeated insistence of overwhelming majority of commentators could not: Matt Millen is out as General Manager of the Detroit Lions:
FOXSports.com has learned that the Lions have finally removed team president and GM Matt Millen from his post, unseating one of the most criticized executives in Detroit sports history.
Millen was informed of the move last night during a late-night high-level meeting. This morning several people within the building confirmed that he had large packing boxes in his office and he made his way around to different employees telling them of the move.
It is unclear if Millen was fired or removed himself from the equation but the news comes just days after Bill Ford, Jr. publicly stated he would have fired the GM if it was his decision but he lacked the authority to do so.
The Lions have won only one playoff game and are an NFL-worst 31-84 since Millen took over in 2001. They have also been a model of futility on the road and Millen has gone through three head coaches, none of whom have been able to turn the Lions into a winner.
The only surprise in this is that it took as long as it did.