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Matt Millen? Are you serious?

Posted on: December 22, 2009 12:27 am
 
The Redskins deserve a media beatdown after their farce of a game against the Giants and they'll get it. Another brilliant team set up by Dannyboy.

But what I couldn't stand, couldn't take for a second, was hearing Matt Millen, of all people, mocking Jim Zorn and the Redskins.

Matt Millen? C'mon, Matt, really? You? You're mocking Zorn, chucking out loud over his press conference, ripping him, laughing out loud?

You? You?

The guy who sent the Detroit Lions into the tar pit for years to come with some of the worst personnel moves in the history of the sport?

You?

Millen mocking someone's coaching acumen is like Keanu Reeves mocking someone's acting skills.

Just sayin'.

That is all.



Category: NFL
Tags: Redskins
 
Comments

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:46 pm
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

First, I would say that Millen was probably hired because color commentators that can string together a complete thought seem to be hard to come by.  Did you ever listen to Theisman on MNF?  Or Collinsworth... ever?  It is hard to find someone who is intelligent and entertaining, yet still knows something about football.  According to the people who matter, Millen had (and I guess has) these qualities in sufficient amounts.

Which brings me to my next point - his arrogance makes him fit right in with commentators.  I cannot even watch the pregame shows or listen to these guys talk during games anymore.  It has become more about them than the game.  Half of every pre/postgame show are inside jokes between the guys.  Fox, CBS, and ESPN are all guilty of this.  So basically, I think arrogance must be something these "talent" evaluators look at when hiring announcers.

I think it is unfair to say that his ability as a commentator is built on his playing career.  In fact, I do not understand this concept of "equity" at all (it sounds like some magical currency players accumulate during their playing days, and can apply towards post-football careers).  Playing and commentating are completely different, and if this concept of equity holds true, than anyone who can play well can announce well.  That is like saying a good logger should also be a good carpenter.  So basically, the problem I had with Freemans post is the same problem I have with this point - playing and announcing are not the same job, same as coaching and, uh, GM...ing.

I agree that it was 10 years ago when he was a "good" color man, but that is not a skill that fades with time.  Look at Madden - tell me you would not take him in a flash back on MNF (or SNF now I guess).  Would you hire him as a GM? 
It is not Matt Millen's fault that the Lions refused to fire him for so long. 

I am not arguing that he was not a terrible GM, just that his failures as a GM have nothing to do with his commentating - in other words, this "cred" that Millen does not have should only apply to being a GM, not a commentator (where he actually does have credibility - I mean, there was competition to sign this guy, so there must be something there).




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:27 pm
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

Matt Millen is the best color analyst / commentor on television going right now.  I got hired at ESPN to tell my opinion and if you guys don't like it, too bad!  There is a reason why Matt Millen is there and you are not.  So, I made a few bad choices in Detroit,  and you know what, I got paid and am set your life.  You losers ------>  Not so much.  Matt Millen is A-OK in my book.
here is the thing, i dont mind people telling their opinions, but Matt Millen's opinions have blown up in his face. Millen is the sole reason why the lions went 0 and 16, bad drafts, free agent signings caused the lions mess and him giving advice to Zorn just won't work, as bad as Zorn is and yes he is bad, Millen is 100 times worse!!!!



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:27 pm
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

As bad as Zorn has been (and he has been horrible), he accomplished more in one year as a rookie head coach than Millen could do in nearly a decade with the Lions.  He produced an 8-8 record.

But Millen is only the latest and most blatant example of NFL journalism.  Every "analist" is either a coach who was fired for poor performance or a player who is washed up.

Keyshawn Johnson annoys me more than Millen because at least Millen was a great player.  Johnson sits in a studio and makes judgements on recievers who are his age or older.  He isn't too old to play in the NFL, he just isn't good enough any more.



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:16 pm
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

Though, on the other hand, I cannot rightly call someone an idiot without giving some sort of reason.  But still, well played



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:05 pm
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

Haha, touche Freeman, touche



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2009 12:29 pm
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

While I often disagree with him, Freeman nailed this one.  It goes back to the original question when he was hired to do these game, "How does this guy have any credibilty to do this job?".

Sure, prior to his disastrous stint as a GM he WAS being touted as the next great color commentator.  And that was based off the equity he had accumulated during his stellar playing career.  But guess what?  His time in Detroit casts a long shadow.  It's not even the questionable personnel moves year, after year, after year.  But the stubborn arrogance week in, week out, year after year.  The refusal to acknowledge that HE was the single biggest reason for the franchise hitting rock bottom.

And then, after several years of incompetent bluster, we are supposed to view his comments in the same way as the last time he called a game?  No way.  Sure, he has a TON of football knowledge I will never have.  But you know what?  That doesn't come across like it did 10 years ago.  That's right.  It was 1999 when he was last a "good" color commentator.  What he's shown since then is it's quite possible the game has passed him by, and he has no ability to keep up. 

I'm sorry, but the man has ZERO cred at this point.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2009 11:58 am
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?


Good 'ol Nathan. Once again ripping a CBS writer then taking time out of his day to respons to accused idiot. Absolutely perfect.



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2009 11:45 am
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

Seems like everyone is forgetting 2 things:

1.  Millen could know less about football than a rock - and he would still know more than Freeman.

2.  Millen was a really good player for a good number of years, and before he took the job with the Lions (where he absolutely did drive them into the ground), he was being touted as the next John Madden in announcing.  He was considered to be one of the best commentators in the league.  Personally, I pretty much hate them all (especially Collinsworth), but Millen was a good broadcaster - as rated by those who do not hate them all.

Plus, though Freeman probably does not know this, GMs and Head Coaches DO NOT HAVE THE SAME JOB.  Millen's failures as a GM are not comparable to Zorn's failures as a HC.  That's like saying a crappy carpenter can have no opinion on a brick mason's work.  Or that because Freeman cannot write his way out of dixie cup, he cannot have an opinion about a movie script.  He can, I just hope no one takes his advice.




Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2009 11:08 am
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

Matt Millen is the best color analyst / commentor on television going right now.  I got hired at ESPN to tell my opinion and if you guys don't like it, too bad!  There is a reason why Matt Millen is there and you are not.  So, I made a few bad choices in Detroit,  and you know what, I got paid and am set your life.  You losers ------>  Not so much.  Matt Millen is A-OK in my book.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2009 10:33 am
 

Matt Millen? Are you serious?

As a Lions fan, Thank You. The NFL network hiring Millen is like the Money Channel hiring Bernie Madoff to do investment analysis and explain how Wall St. failed so badly.


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