Matt Millen apologizes to Lions fans for run as team president and GM

Former Lions GM Matt Millen was one of the least successful NFL executives of all time.
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An apology won’t take back the only 0-16 season in the history of the NFL, but that’s what Detroit Lions fans got from former team president and general manager Matt Millen over the weekend. Millen’s apology was on live television, during the FOX broadcast of Sunday’s Buccaneers-Colts game.

"It was a little bit of a tactical error on my part. We had this fleeting dream that I thought maybe I could run a team," Millen said, per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. "Sorry Detroit, it didn’t quite work out."

Millen was with the Lions from 2001 to 2008, the infamous season without a win. Detroit’s record under his leadership was 31-84 (.270), according to ESPN. After Millen was fired, the Lions named Tom Lewand as the team’s president and Martin Mayhew as the GM. Lewand and Mayhew were both fired after a 1-7 start this season.

The Lions have already named Rod Wood as the team’s new president, and they’re currently searching for a replacement general manager. Detroit deserves a new direction after a decade-and-a-half of front-office failures.

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