Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Sep 2008

Ford Junior: I'd Fire Millen

Bill Ford, Jr., son of Lions owner William Clay Ford, has gone on record as saying he'd fire general manager Matt Millen if he had the authority. Of course, he doesn't have the authority, so this announcement doesn't really do Lions fans a lot of good.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 22 Sep 2008

12 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2008, 10:09am by NickFantana


by Henry Ford (not verified) :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 6:21pm

I'd fire him too :)

by Tom Gower :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 6:50pm

Welcome, Lions fans, to the legion of "fans who wouldn't really be sad if their team's owner died, though we really don't feel good about rooting for somebody to hurry up and die just so we can have a good sports team." With the passing of Bill Wirtz (by many accounts a good and charitable man), the seat formerly occupied by Blackhawks fans is open, and you're welcome to it.

by ChubbyD (not verified) :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:57pm

What do you mean welcome? We were the ones who let you in the party. We've been here for 51 years!

by Conflagration on the Dance Floor (not verified) :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 6:51pm

Junior misses the point completely. Millen's continued management of the team is obviously a brilliant piece of postmodern performance art. Bill Ford must be the only one who doesn't get it.

by zlionsfan :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 7:02pm

Dear Mr. Bill,

It's spelled D-a-d.


by Guido Merkens :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 7:09pm

Fire Ford Sr. first, or else we're going to get someone equally incompetent to take his place.

What's that? Dammit.

by Jimmy :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 8:05pm

Clear confirmation that the son doesn't understand anything any better than his father.

Looks like another 50 years (just a guess) of decrepitude.

Even as a fan of a team in their division I want to see this team run properly, they are just an embarrasment.

by JDOE (not verified) :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 8:47pm

I just wanna know how somebody as incompetent as Millen can even get a job like that, let alone keep it for almost a decade. How come these opportunities never come my way? I could be just as incompetent as Millen and I'll do it for half the money.

Seriously, the Lions are better off rounding up a barrel of monkies and having them throw darts at pictures of random football people on their office wall. That's how they draft anyways.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 10:47pm

Why is this news? Everybody who isn't the elder Ford would also fire Millen.

by lionsbob :: Tue, 09/23/2008 - 12:01am

What is funny is that Ford Jr. wanted Millen a year before, but Ford Sr. did not want to mess with Bobby Ross. Now apparently Millen has completely endeared himself to Ford Sr., apparently they share a movie night together and everything. It is sad. I thought Millen would have the balls to quit on his own, but he does not. And its not like Maranelli is even going to right the ship. We are the 4th oldest team in the NFL, we start 5 guys 30 and older on a terrible defense (or perhaps 4 now, if Brian Kelly has been benched for the terrible Travis Fisher, Fisher was starting over Leigh Bodden before that).

Whatever, as a Lions fan it got to the point where I want us to lose so it can quicken a regime change by the end of the decade.

by SFLions (not verified) :: Tue, 09/23/2008 - 4:14pm

For any other franchise or any other fan base, this would be an embarrassment. But to be honest, this didn't even phase me. Nor for that matter did the opening three blow losses. I mean when your team is run by an incompetent ex TV announcer with no executive background, has lost 10 or more games six of the past seven years, drafts wide receivers in the top ten that don't make it past 3 years in the league and is owned by a family that runs the company that played a substantial role in the slumping economy by refusing to manufacture a car that gets more than 15 miles to the gallon, a little family discord doesn't even make you blush.

by NickFantana :: Wed, 09/24/2008 - 10:09am

Jay Glazer is reporting that Millen is out. What's funny is that, even though I'm not a big Lions fan, I was very excited for this simply because the Lions story is so sad. Here's hoping they make the right hire.