The Detroit Lions finally parted company with team president Matt Millen Wednesday-- not soon enough for many Lions fans around the state. Millen was making a reported $5 million per season-- unbelievable considering the Lions had a 31-84 record under his direction. And remember with each losing season, and there have been seven straight thus far, the Lions would get an easier schedule and higher draft picks-- but none of that made the team a winner. And this year's team seems destined for another dismal finish with more fan apathy rampant. Economics might have done Millen in more than anything else-- when the fans stay away, that affects the team's bottom line and Millen finally had to go.
The Lions reportedly will let front office execs Tom Lewand and Michael Mayhew share Millen's duties through the remainder of the season and then search for a full time replacement. That of course will leave head coach Rod Marinelli's status in doubt until a new G-M is named. Bill Cowher's name is sure to arise, but unless he wants the job, the Lions need to find someone young and eager to make his mark. I think it's a great opportunity. The Ford family is endlessly loyal and pays well. The franchise can only improve and if someone turns around this team's fortunes he'd be a hero. The Lions need to learn why they struggle for so long and what the best NFL teams do to win with the general manager's job. They have a long way to go this season and whether Millen's dismissal will change their won/lost fortunes around or not remains to be seen.