Matt Millen Has No Right to Play Victim

Seattle Lion FanAnalyst IIJune 18, 2009

DETROIT - AUGUST 29:  General Manager Matt Millen of the Detroit Lions looks on prior to a pre-season NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field on August 29, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Rams won 37-13. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

I thought I was done writing about Matt Millen. 

I was all for forgetting about what he did to the Detroit Lions from 2000 to 2009.

I was ready to forget his 31-97 record.

I was ready to forget the bad draft picks which included Charles Rogers, Mike Williams and Joey Harrington.

I was ready to forget the hirings of Mornhinwheg, Marriucci, and Marinelli.

What drove me to write about Millen again was the article in the Detroit Free Press:  "Millen Plays Victim: I Was To Blame For the Auto Industry and Housing Market"

With his usual flippant and dismissive style, Millen still takes no responsibility for what he did during his eight years as President/General Manager of the Detroit Lions.

Here is a quote from an interview with Don Banks of si.com: 

“I don't go backward. I just don’t think like that. There’s nothing I can do about (Detroit). All I can do is from here on out.

“I understand. In Detroit, they need a bad guy. I was a bad guy. I was to blame for the fall of the auto industry and the housing market. Somehow, I had something to do with Kwame Kilpatrick, although I’m not sure what.

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“But that’s what happens when you lose in this game. You give everyone a cheap and easy story to jump on.”

The only thing that is even remotely correct is that he can't do anything about Detroit.  Let me speak for all fans of the Detroit Lions:  WE ARE GLAD YOU WON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SCREW THEM UP EVEN WORSE!

The audacity of Millen is appalling.  For him to take no accountability for what he did is downright insulting to the City of Detroit.  He makes his parting from the Lions out as if he were the fall guy for the Lions' failures. 

Please tell me, who held the gun to your freaking head, forcing you to use four out of 15 top ten draft picks to take wide receivers?

As for his attempt to be funny in taking the blame for the auto industry, housing market and Kwame Kilpatrick, it doesn't work as being sarcastic.  It does nothing other than rub salt into the wounds of the great people in the City of Detroit.

Millen did make a lame attempt at taking responsibility on January 3, 2009 on Football Night in America.  He admitted that he would had fired himself but not until after the 2008 season.

He also has attempted to shift the blame to others: to the coaches HE hired, and the players HE drafted. 

Matt, you were the guy in charge.  You were responsible for the direction of the team.  It was YOUR actions that drove the Detroit Lions to become the doormat of the NFL.

Millen wants to move on and revive his TV career.  Lions fans want to move on as well but for some damn reason, he keeps opening his yap in attempts to explain himself. 

Matt, let's make this easy for you.  Just admit that you were in way over your head.  Admit that you did not have the capacity to evaluate player or coaching talent.  Admit that accepting the five-year contract extension at the start of the 2005 season bordered on fraud.

If you don't wish to own up to your responsibilities, when asked about the Lions, the only words that should come out of your mouth are, "No comment."

Anything else just dregs up old anger...enough is enough.

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