Get Used To Seeing Matt Millen On NBC

Monday, January 05, 2009

Imagine the shock and horror on my face, when I turned on NBC's pregame coverage Saturday, and Matt Millen was on the TV staring back at me. It's not the fact that he was in an analyst chair (he has been there before), but rather that NBC already employees what seems like thirty people for their pre and postgame shows.

I then thought....okay....maybe it's a one time thing, and they wanted to bring in a new voice for Wildcard Weekend. Ummm no....he's actually going to be on-air for the network's coverage of the Super Bowl as well. Via Watchdog....

NBC plans to announce Monday that former Lions president Matt Millen will participate in the network's Super Bowl coverage Feb. 1 - not as a member of the game booth featuring Al Michaels and John Madden but in some other capacity.

Millen was much more competent in his earlier life as a TV analyst than he was running the Detroit club.

Asked by Dan Patrick on NBC Saturday whether he would have fired himself from the Lions if he were making the decision, Millen said, "I would have, actually. 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. That's tough to do. I thought that was a tough position for Rod Marinelli to be in. Rod's a stud. Rod's an outstanding football coach."
Ummm, are you really going to expect us to listen to the thoughts from someone who just destroyed a franchise, NBC? I mean sure, Millen was one of the better analysts out there when he retired from Football. And he's been on both CBS and FOX, as well as the radio side of Monday Night Football. But using someone who gave us the first 0-16 season ever to provide intelligent analysis during the Playoffs?

Whatever you think will help, I guess. At least he took the blame for destroying the Lions, so you've got that going for you Detroit....

Matt Millen to join NBC's Super Bowl XLIII coverage (Watchdog)


NBC is Desperate....

They have the worst pregame show hands down this season so they are trying to beef up their lineup

Keith, Tiki, Jerome HAS to go.

Still think it is werid having Dan and Bob on the same pregame show

Drew NBA NY Fan said...
Jan 5, 2009, 10:47:00 AM  

They let Tiki Barber talk about how to win football games, so why not? "Rod's a stud" should be given an honorary Pammy.

GMoney said...
Jan 5, 2009, 10:47:00 AM  

Just think of it as them keeping him away from the franchises, thus saving them from destruction. You just know Arizona will be itching to hire him here in a few years.

Maynard said...
Jan 5, 2009, 10:48:00 AM  

I just think that it's sad that another CEO who failed miserably at his job gets the golden parachute treatment, this time getting paid to go to the Super Bowl.

Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 10:53:00 AM  

Does this mean CNBC is going to hire Bernie Madoff as a financial insider?

Jan 5, 2009, 11:07:00 AM  

This man should never make another cent from any football related anything.

Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 11:11:00 AM  

I dond't see what the big deal is with hahaving Matt Millen part of the NBC pregame show. First of all, NBC is going to have at least 5 housrs to kill bfore the game, so they need some poeple to yack to fill the time. Granted, Millen was horrendous when he ran the Lions, no one can deny that. However, He was a very good analyst at CBS, Fox, and radio. And on Satruday, he was petty good in my opion. IF you want to say tht he doens't belong onthe NBC pregame show for the Super Bowl because he is a loser, then you can say the same thing about ESPN's stutudio show, they have a buch of losers like Mike Gilic, FLyod Reese, Tim Hasselback, Mike Ditka (Who besoides winning Super Bowl xx did nothing after that) I think Millen is going to be fine on the NBC pregame show. I think NBC is realizing that Tiki Brber and Jerome Bettis are a waste of time and money.

Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 11:37:00 AM  

Anon 11:37, I don't really care for ESPN and Ditka; however, to compare Ditka's accomplishments of winning the Super Bowl and then "nothing after that" with Millen's orchestrating the worst record ever is unreal. That is like comparing apples with space shuttles. It is silly.

Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 12:24:00 PM  

How many days in a row did this lunkhead asskisser have to really analyze a real live Pro football National Football League team...

Over a thousand?

and what did his massive skill at analysis result in?

the worst NFL, National Football League team ever?

NBC is a joke.

H Wags said...
Jan 5, 2009, 12:36:00 PM  

"Ummm, are you really going to expect us to listen to the thoughts from someone who just destroyed a franchise," thought Steve Phillips.

Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 12:47:00 PM  

"Granted, Millen was horrendous when he ran the Lions, no one can deny that." Understatement. I'd be fine if he was working as a game analyst (e.g., "this LB missed the tackle b/c he was out of position) but as a pre-game analyst, it's beyond pathetic. Why should anyone remotely listen to his opinion on why Team X or Team Y is good or had success? He clearly has NO idea, otherwise he would have done it in Detroit.

And while it might seem to make sense to compare him Phillips, it really doesn't. Steve Phillips did not do well in the end and deserved to be fired, but he also was the GM of a team that made it to the World Series! Millen's teams never even broke .500 (and usually did much worse).

Rob Pollard said...
Jan 5, 2009, 2:21:00 PM  

"I dond't see what the big deal is with hahaving Matt Millen part of the NBC pregame show."

Can you imagine if Millen ran a football (soccer) club in Europe or South America?

He'd be dead.

Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 3:09:00 PM  

The post of my previous post was, that yes, Millens was horrendous as the Lions GM, but how mcuh worse ccan Millen's analyssis be than Bettis' or Barbers's? Like I mentioned ealrlier, I think NBC has realized that both Bettis and Barber are terrible asnd should be cut from the show all together. Why not replace them with Millen?

Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 3:14:00 PM  


Anonymous said...
Jan 5, 2009, 3:16:00 PM  

"Millen's teams never even broke .500"

They did have a 7-9 season...

But every other season is truly godawfully fucking terrible.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 5, 2009, 4:21:00 PM  

hollywood wags, 7-9 isn't .500.

Math is hard.

Anonymous said...
Jan 6, 2009, 1:18:00 PM  

Matt Milllen has proven to be the WORST sports mind in all of football if not all sports. Joe the plumber might be just as bad, but has never had the chance. Millen has proven to know soo little regarding how football works. No one has proven that they know LESS.
NBC should hire literally anyone else to talk about sports

Kyle Martin said...
Jan 7, 2009, 10:31:00 AM  

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