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18 Jan 2006

Chelios Says Millen Good Coach Choice

I haven't paid much attention to the NHL since, well, I quit playing Sega Hockey back in the mid-90s, but I know who Chris Chelios is. Anyway, he has some Lions-related thoughts, and was kind enough to share them with the Detroit Free Press: "I'd like to put in my two cents ... I'd like to see Matt Millen coach the team, to be honest with you. Because he keeps talking about they need a disciplinarian guy and a hard-nosed guy that kind of fits the character of the city. I think he's the perfect choice to just get out there and start rocking some heads."

You know what, I'd like to see Millen coach the team too, but probably for different reasons. Michael David Smith could not be reached for comment.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 18 Jan 2006

21 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 1:03am by NF


by NF (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 6:29pm

If Matt Millen declares himself GM and HC, I predict several thousand Lions fans will lose their will to live.

by Kal (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 6:34pm

I'm still amused by the notion of Jim Haslett coaching the Lions.

Jim Haslett has been known as the guy coaching a team that had ridiculous amounts of talent on both sides of the field but continually played below expectations and underachieved. And he'll be going to coach a team that...apparently has great amounts of talent (especially at the skill positions) but continually performs lower than expectations?

Well, I guess he'll fit right in, but I'm not sure that's what they want...

by Daniel Warehall (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 6:37pm

As a Lions fan, I'd love to see this... Hasten the inevitable departure...

by Michael David Smith :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 6:38pm

I think they ought to have an episode of Oprah where everyone in the audience has a box under her seat. One box contains the keys to the coach's office, and the person who gets that box gets to become the head coach. Could it get any worse?

by Lezard Valeth (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 6:41pm

Umm, the Saints never had great talent. I agree with PFP's statement that there has only been one player on the whole team who was/is among the top 10 at his position. Prior to this year that player was Joe Horn, now it's LeCharles Bentley.

Brooks and Deuce have always been far better in fantasy than real life, and their defense has a couple good young guys but that's it.

I'm not excusing Haslett, as I think he's a joke as much as anyone does, but his team was never more than "mediocre" aside from the one year.

by DMP (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 7:18pm

Well, this morning the news is that Jim Haslett is going back with the second interview with Ford Sr. himself. If this isn't bad, I don't know what is. I think #3 has point, as sad as that point is.

by Adam (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 7:23pm

I told you guys Matt Millen didn't have the brain power to hire a guy like Russ Grimm.


by GaryS (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 7:30pm

Unfortunately for the Lions fans, it won't make any difference who the coach is.

The Lions haven't won a championship in almost 50 years. The only constant over all those years is the owner, some variant of the Ford family. The owner hires the GM, and this owner just extended the contract of a GM who teams are 16-48 under his tenure.

I doubt that Belichick could win with Millen as GM.

by Balaji (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 7:44pm

Being a hockey fan too, I'd like to know why anybody cares what Chris Chelios has to say about the management of the Lions. Especially if he's suggesting Matt Millen be given any more authority than he already has.

by Adam (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 8:55pm

The Lions just hired Ron Marinelli.

According to Chris Mortensen on Sportscenter.......

by Harris (not verified) :: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 10:17pm

I can only assume Chelios has never heared of Rich Kotite or Dave Campo. They seem to be inept enough to garner his attention.

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 3:44am

Wow, Marinelli is an interesting, but probably bad call. That assistant head coaching title really does carry a lot of weight. Between McCarthy with the Pack and Marinelli with the Lions, I'm predicting winning seasons and playoff appearances by the Bears for a long time to come.

by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 10:25am

I think I am now officially convinced that hockey is too dangerous. How many concussions has Chelios had?

by andrew (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 12:31pm

Another potential coach (Grimm) gets screwed because his team is still in the playoffs.

by Dman (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 1:17pm

This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but I'll take it over jim haslett.

by Grabthar (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 1:44pm

"Another potential coach (Grimm) gets screwed because his team is still in the playoffs."

I think Russ Grimm will be fine. It's the Lions who are getting screwed by a lack of patience.

by Daniel Warehall (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 3:46pm

getting screwed... yes, um... It doesn't matter. None of this matters...

by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:03pm

I don't think missing out on the chance to coach the Lions counts as getting screwed.

By the way, it's Rod, not Ron.

Chelios is a fool. He should be focusing on adjusting his game to the new rules rather than putting ideas in Millen's head. I really don't want to read about any more people pretending that Millen is really doing a good job.

by Michael David Smith :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:06pm

zlionsfan, I'm amazed at how many people still defend Millen. I still get angry e-mails and occasional comments posted here from people who insist that Millen has accumulated a lot of talent, is really turning things around, etc.

by Michael David Smith :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:43pm

Just thought folks might enjoy this quote from Simeon Rice:

"When talking about Rod Marinelli, you are talking about a man, a myth and a legend. He evokes thoughts of those who have come before us. In the game of coaching, there’s nothing like him. He’s definitely one of a kind. He’s a Michelangelo, an Aristotle, a Socrates. He’s a great philosopher."

by NF (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:03am

Re: #20

Spoken like a true ex-Cardinal.