Should Detroit Lions fans get over the Matt Millen thing? Probably, but let us have this one. He should've been fired in 2005, rather than receive a five-year contract extension. The Lions finally gave Detroit sweet football mercy when they dismissed Millen in 2008. But that still leaves a good three to four years during which they hoped to read the headline "Matt Millen Fired."â†µ
So when it actually occurs, we feel it's a public service to Lions fans to pass such developments along.â†µ
Millen was let go by the NFL Network on Thursday, reportedly replacing him and Joe Theismann on its Thursday Night Football broadcast team with analyst Mike Mayock. (Bob Papa's place in the play-by-play chair is also supposedly being readied for someone one, as well. One of the possible replacement candidates is Gus Johnson, which is sure to be a popular move with, well, everyone.)â†µ
The former Lions President and GM had been an analyst on NFL Network's game broadcasts since 2009. But being in a position of insight and authority on a telecast drove virtually every viewer and football fan crazy. Especially when Millen would do something like praise his former head coach Rod Marinelli and act as if no one remembered what an abysmal job the two did while with the Lions.â†µ
Now if only ESPN can be convinced to scrub Millen from college football game telecasts and the Monday Night Football pregame and postgame shows, Lions fans will again get to read the headline they'll never get sick of reading.