On the state of the team:
"I believe in the guy I hired (head coach Rod Marinelli) and I believe in the staff we put together and I believe in the players we have on the field. If you want to point a finger at anybody for that stuff, it's on me. I'm fine with that because I believe in what's out there.''
My Take: Point the finger at me, but do it quickly because I am about to disappear quicker than Lions fans’ hope. Believing in what you see only has value when one is proven to have insight.
In retrospect, did you have too much confidence in the ability of the defensive players:
"Do what you're coached to do and play to your capability and we'll be fine. I still believe that and that's not going to change.''
My Take: Not an answer, or is it. Maybe Millen’s most damning statement on the lack of coaching, talent, or both. Out of the mouths of fools truth may escape.
About irate fans after the team's 0-2 start:
"I guess I wouldn't be surprised, I really haven't thought about it. I'm more concerned with this (pointing to the workout) than any other part.
"That's why I wasn't going to say anything in the preseason - come out and look for yourself. You'll like what you see because what you're seeing is the foundation that you have to have in any successful program. It's the way things are being done, the practice habits, all of that stuff. That hasn't left.''
My Take: A deaf ear hears no wisdom; the blind eye follows no path. To not hear that fans are irate is to ignore your consumer. To think doing things the same automatically brings wanted results is a blind faith not unlike that of the Lemmings.
The rest of the trucated excerpts regurgitate more of the same. What really bothers me, other than ratfink having a job, it that he is still watching practices. Doesn't he have a job? Talk about not seeing the forrest for the tree, this idiot doesn't realize that his job is to judge the results of the coaches and scouts work, not how oraganized they are. You can watch practice or scouts prepare for D-day and think they are really doing a good job, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. MIllen totally loses the perspective that should tell him that the results mean the pie is rotten, no matter that the baker is organized. He ignores the only thing that matters by watching the NimRod not varying in his practice. Well, I guess it's paying off because the Lions don't seem to be varying in their results: they blow every week.
Someone once said that the definition of insanity is doing things the same way and expecting different results. Now we just need to figure out who is insane; The Lions FO or the fans.