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Bucky


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 1:32 pm    Post subject: Millen Interview Reply with quote

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Transcript of Dan Miller's exclusive one-on-one with Matt Millen

Posted by Bill Emkow January 7, 2007 10:20

Dan Miller sat down for a one-on-one exclusive with Matt Millen, and five minutes of the interview was broadcast on the WJBK-TV Detroit Friday night Sportsworks show. Much of it is what we read in newspaper quotes when he met with selected media earlier this week, but the biggest revelation is his admission that he's forced players on the coaches before. (Let the speculation begin.) Here is a full transcript of the interview.

Dan Miller: Are you surprised that you're coming back?

Matt Millen: "I'm here every day, and I'm talking to Mr. Ford. We're in the middle of a season. No, it's business as usual. I just kept on going. It never really came to a point where we talked about - 'are you gone?', 'are you here?' If it was, if it would have gotten to that, we would have talked about that, but it didn't. We just headed down the road and kept on going."

DM: Was there a big meeting to evaluate the team and whether you were going to come back, or was it a season-long communication?

MM: "Yeah. We talk every week. Rod and I talk daily. Mr. Ford and Rod will talk a few times a week also. We'll still have the end of the year meeting. When Rod gets done with his surgery we'll go over specifics. It was just communication. It was business as usual, as I've said."

DM: You no doubt have seen the speculation on - will he go; the calls for you to resign. Did it ever cross your mind to walk away?

MM: "No. I don't think like that, Dan. I just don't. Is it frustrating? Absolutely. Is it disappointing, maddening, fill-in-the-adjective? It's all those things. I just don't think about quitting. I just wasn't brought up that way."

DM: You came in with the confidence you could get this done.

MM: "Sure. Everybody takes the job with that same thought."

DM: Has that confidence been shaken? Are you confident today that you can get the job done as you were six years ago?

MM: "Well, yeah. Because it's not me. It's not just me. I feel good. I don't feel good about 3-13. I feel awful about 3-13. There's nobody out there that's a fan of the Detroit Lions that feels any worse than I do, or Mr. Ford, or Rod, or any member of this football team. The point is this, I feel good about the fact that Rod Marinelli is the head coach. I feel good about the fact that we're changing an attitude. We talked about that six years ago, and we talked about doing it, and he's doing something about it."

DM: You look beyond the record and you see those things?

MM: "You have to."

DM: Do you understand the fans who only see the record?

MM: "There's nothing I can say that's going to change the opinion. The only thing I could do - it's not me. The only thing that we could do is win. Until you do - fire away. I deserve it. I'll sit here and take it. I'm responsible. It has my name right there, so it's my responsibility. I take full responsibility. And so, we lost - hey, pin it on me. That's where it belongs, so that's where it goes."

DM: Make the case for fans to understand why you have so much confidence in Rod. Why is this franchise in good hands with him?

MM: "Because of details. Because you may not see, and you hate to say this - the guy sitting at home is going to go 'Oh, here we go' - the guy is a detailed guy, fundamental guy, loving the game and all that stuff. He loves the game more than anybody I've ever been around. There are a lot of people who love the game, but his belief in how it's done is what we need. It's down to the fundamentals, it's down to each individual player, and it's constant. There's a lot of cliches, there's a lot of snappy sayings, but he believes it. He believes it, and this is the important part - the players are believing it."

DM: Are you closer now than you have been to changing the culture?

MM: "In the lockerroom is where I have to be concerned the most, and the answer to that is yes. Ultimately, we as a city, the city of Detroit, there's a general 'Here we go again' attitude, and...

DM: Which is understandable.

MM: "Which is completely understandable. There's only one way to change that, and that is to win football games. I don't know what else to say."

DM: You had probably your best offseason last year. How much of that is Rod's impact on your decision-making?

MM: "That's a great question because I think people need to understand that regardless of who the head coach is, the head coach - he's your guy. He's your guy who stands in front of the team, who is the leader of that group. He's the one who has to define exactly what it is the type of player you're looking for. Now, I know what our football team wants to be, but I can't force a player on a coach. You can't do that. I mean, I've tried that sometimes. Trust me, that doesn't work. But, that being said, every head coach has to have a huge influence on exactly what they're looking for. You're talking a scheme on how it fits to the type of player you want. I believe Rod and I are together. Believe me, this is the most eye-to-eye I've seen with a head coach. Not to disparriage anything previous, but we see the game very similarly."

DM: You came into this thing with a great reputation in football...

MM: "Down goes Frazier!" (Laughs)

DM: You've been beat up, no question. How hard is it being in the cross-hairs all the time? You signed up for this, but I doubt you knew you signed up for this type of endurance test.

MM: "No, but Dan, you never think about it like that. I still don't think about it like that."

DM: When you see the paper, and it says "Fire Millen," and you see the sign that says "Fire Millen"...

MM: "I just get mad at my wife for standing out there so long with that thing."

DM: When you constantly hear that it's got to get to anybody.

MM: "Yeah, it can get to you, but my job is to not let it get to me, No. 1. No. 2, if I were them I'd do the same thing! We've talked about that before. I'd be mad too. And that's how it manifests itself, and I understand that, but that doesn't lessen it. Just because I understand it, 'Oooh, he's real understanding.' Who cares?! Win games. No one is harder on me than me. Maybe that's why I get it. I don't know. Nobody beats themselves up more than I do. What are they going to do - say fire me? Great. That stuff is part of it. Do something about it."

DM: You feel close to doing something about it? You like where this organization is right now?

MM: "You have to. I like where we're at. A lot of the parts, but we still have work to do. I have a lot of work to do. We're not going to shrink from it. We're not going to fade from it. You man up and you go in there to do the work. That's what you're required to do."

Many of Miller's questions are paraphrased.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work, great article.!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find...Good read
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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DM: You feel close to doing something about it? You like where this organization is right now?

MM: "You have to. I like where we're at. A lot of the parts, but we still have work to do. I have a lot of work to do. We're not going to shrink from it. We're not going to fade from it. You man up and you go in there to do the work. That's what you're required to do."


We've been stuck in the same place ever since he's taken over the team. He still sounds like he has no idea what he's doing from reading that interview. At least Marinelli has influence on the draft. Hopefully he'll point Millen in the right direction.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard the reason why Millen wasn't fired this year was to give Marinelli another chance. The Fords were afraid if they brought in another GM he would want his own guy.

If the Lions have another losing season Millen has to be fired. Has any team ever taken 3 players that play the same position 3 years in a row in the first round. (3 WR)

Well let's hope Marinelli influences this year draft Ernie Sims was a good pick, Calhoun has alot of speed if he gets healthy he may end up the starter this year, as far as Bullock he might end starting at FS.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hes seems to have a great personality, but that does not mean wins. I would rather have a jerk in office that gets me a 16-0 season then the nicest guy in the world who goes 3-13.

Just Win for the love of god.
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