Monday, September 22, 2008 Ford Jr.: Millen should resign Daniel Howes / The Detroit News Bill Ford Jr. wants Matt Millen out as president of the Detroit Lions.
"It's embarrassing," Ford told The Detroit News Monday on the sidelines of the Detroit Economic Club. "The fans deserve better, and if I had the authority I'd fire the general manager."
Millen has been CEO and president of the Lions since 2001, and the team is headed for an eighth straight losing season with a 0-3 record in the first three games. The Lions are 31-84 under Millen, who Ford Jr. first tried to woo from the broadcast booth to the Lions' front office after the 1998 season.
Ford Jr. is vice chairman of the Lions and son of franchise owner William Clay Ford, who purchased the team in 1964. Ford Sr. has final say on Millen, and his son has not intruded publicly on his father's domain.
The Lions ended the exhibition season 4-0, the only franchise to do so. But since then, the team has imploded with a leaky defense and an ineffective offense.