Matt Millen Will Also Be Covering College Football Games For The "Leader"

Monday, April 20, 2009

Deadspin broke the news on Saturday that Matt Millen would be joining up with ESPN, but today there's even more news on the move. According to USA Today, Matt Millen would not only be on NFL coverage, but he'll be working on some College games as well....

And rationally, you can say Millen is a promising broadcaster because, well, he's already been one: After retiring in 1991 after 12 seasons as a player, his years on CBS and Fox made him a potential successor to John Madden — although nobody really thought Madden would retire.

Instead, Millen will succeed Emmitt Smith, whose fame ultimately couldn't overcome his on-air miscues on Monday night pregame shows. And in also calling college games and making various studio show appearances, Millen won't be hidden away until he proves himself.

And if you buy the idea that the best way to overcome your problem is to shine a light on it rather than try to cover it up, Millen's ideal ESPN debut would come on its NFL Draft coverage Saturday. Wouldn't you love to know the draft prospects that Millen really loves?
ESPN has yet to make this rumored move a reality, but it's definitely a good one. There is the issue of credibility, but after a few months or so, people will probably forget about all of his terrible work with the Lions. Plus, who would you rather have, Millen or Emmitt Smith?

ESPN hires ex-Lions boss Millen as football analyst (USA Today)


Millen is the only person that could make the Mark May/Dr. Lou combo even worse.

GMoney said...
Apr 20, 2009, 11:57:00 AM  

Do you really think people will forget about the worst NFL GM Tenure of all time?

Really, AA? Really?

JFreak said...
Apr 20, 2009, 12:02:00 PM  

Does this mean Comcast in Detroit will start to run a carwl when Millen's on about how he ran the Lying Downs into the ground?

JamesCraven said...
Apr 20, 2009, 12:09:00 PM  

I don't get the credibility thing. So any coach or GM that gets fired has no credibility? (What did Herm Edwards ever win)? So just because Matt Millen was a bad GM, that means he doesn't know anything about the football?

Scott said...
Apr 20, 2009, 12:55:00 PM  

Interestingly, the reason Millen was hired by the Lions in the first place was because he was really good as an analyst at Fox. Too bad he couldn't apply his knowledge when he sat in the chair himself.

Steve Steffens said...
Apr 20, 2009, 12:57:00 PM  

I think Millen would be far better suited to be a game analyst, especially college, because he knows the game and did that successful prior to the Lions fiasco.

But when you put him as a studio analyst, it becomes far less about football and more about the moves, trades, players, coaches, etc., aka all the stuff Matt Millen failed at.

Ed James said...
Apr 20, 2009, 2:41:00 PM  

It's amazing how people forget entirely that Millen was considered one of the best analysts in the business before he ran the Lions into the ground. We may have found out that he is a horrible team runner, but does that embarrassing feat take away his skills as an analyst?

JFein said...
Apr 20, 2009, 2:44:00 PM  

I know how people forgot he is the best analyst, like, for ever and ever...

it's because we had guys like Maas, Tim Ryan, Goose and other lunkhead big mouths make us forget about Millen.

Actually, Tim Ryan is good, and he sounds just like Millen.

So why does anyone need Millen, who was a total fuckup in Detroit.

People also forget that Madden was actually really good, quick witted and not a lumbering doofus as he became.

Millen would talk himself into cul-de-sacs, he'll do it again...

hollywood wags said...
Apr 20, 2009, 7:35:00 PM  

I can't wait to find out who the worst GM ever thinks is a good NFL prospect... How can anyone take his draft analysis seriously?

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