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Who Gets Fired First: Matt Millen Or Lane Kiffin ?

Posted by Mike on September 23, 2008

It appears that anytime soon Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin will get the pink slip handed to him by Al Davis. Reports yesterday were a bit premature that Kiffin would be fired on Monday, but it can honestly happen any day now, and most likely today. Which wouldn’t be a surprise. The surprise that came out yesterday was from Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford, who told ESPN that he would have fired Matt Millen if he had the authority. The fact that Matt Millen is still the GM is shocking. It’s said that Millen has a great relationship with team owner William Clay Ford. Which is certainly the only reason he still has a job. His record so far in Detroit is 31-84, that is 53 games under .500. Not to mention that Millen is also the second highest paid GM in the league. He’s made many blunders in his role as GM, such as drafting Joey Harrington and Mike Williams, also taking a wide receiver in the first round in the NFL Draft three years in a row. Quite simply the Matt Millen era in Detroit has been a disaster. There has even been a “Fire Matt Millen” movement in Detroit. It would be shocking to see him last the year, especially after the horrific start the team is off to again this year. It’s certainly more likely that Lane Kiffin will be fired first, but it’s clearly evident that Matt Millen is much more deserving of it. More from ESPN:

“I think the fans deserve better and if it were in my authority, which it’s not, I’d make some significant changes,” Ford said Monday.

Asked by a reporter if he believed Millen should leave the team, Ford said, “Yes, I do.”

The Ford Motor Co. executive chairman is the son of William Clay Ford, the franchise’s owner since 1964.

In rare interviews, the elder Ford has stood by his decision to hire Millen in 2001 and to stick with him since then. With Ford atop the franchise, the Lions have won only one playoff game and are an NFL-worst 31-84 since Millen took over in 2001.

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