Matt Millen removed as Detroit Lions’ GM

Detroit Lion fans, your prayers have finally been answered. According to Jay Glazer of FOX, Matt Millen has been removed as President and GM of the Lions.

Matt MillenMillen was informed of the move Tuesday night during a late-night high-level meeting. Wednesday 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 started off horribly and the groundswell for Millen’s demise has once again been strong. Unfortunately, that’s nothing new as there have been events like the Millen Man March, an in-game walkout protest and calls for Millen’s firing for years.

The Lions 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.

You almost kind of feel for the guy. He wasn’t trying to drive an entire organization into the ground, but he was just so good at it. Truth be told, he was under qualified from the start. The idea that a former TV color commentator could come down from the broadcast booth and step into a GM role for an NFL team was a joke. Just because Mike Tirico makes good observations during games, doesn’t mean he can oversee an entire organization.

Fans can take the entire week to celebrate (the Lions have a bye this week), but a daunting task still remains. The Lions now need to hire a competent GM to get this sinking ship upright. The Ford family can’t screw this one up or else there will be another decade of losing and embarrassment. Might I make one suggestion, Mr. William Clay Ford? Look at the organizations that have track records of winning (New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, etc.). Then go out and get a young, hungry person that has paid his dues in one of those organizations and is ready to run a team.

One thing’s for sure, Detroit will burn at some point today, I can guarantee it.

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