Millen says he would have fired himself

Jan. 3, 2009 at 9:51 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Lions' executive Matt Millen told NBC Sports Saturday he would have fired himself after a the team went 31-84 during his seven-year tenure.

Millen -- who was the Lions' president and general manager when he was fired Sept. 24, 2008 -- was a guest studio panelist for NBC Sports before Saturday's Indianapolis-San Diego AFC wild-card playoff contest.

When he was fired by Lions' Chairman William Clay Ford, Detroit was 0-3, and later became the first NFL team to finish a season 0-16.

"I would have (fired himself), actually," Millen said, responding to a question by NBC's Dan Patrick. "Probably not this year until after the season. I think when you start having changeover in an organization it filters down into the locker room."

Millen, 50, played on four Super Bowl-winning teams during a 12-year NFL career, but had no player personnel experience when he was hired by the Lions in 2001.

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