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Lions fire president Millen after 31-84 record

Lions fire president Millen after 31-84 record

The Detroit Lions fired president Matt Millen on Wednesday, more than seven years after the former linebacker and TV analyst took over one of the NFL's most mediocre franchises and made it the worst.
"I have relieved Matt Millen of his duties effective immediately," Lions owner William Clay Ford said in a statement on Wednesday.
Millen's teams won a league-low 31 games since he took over in 2001, but his boss had refused to get rid of him until now.
Bill Ford, son of the team owner, said Monday he would fire Millen if he had the authority.
Detroit was routed in each of its first three games this season, falling behind 21-0 twice and 21-3 once en route to lopsided losses. The Lions are off this week.
Those defeats dropped Detroit's win-loss record to 31-84 overall under Millen. The Lions have at least 10 more losses than any other NFL team over the past seven-plus seasons during one of the worst slumps in league history
The front office will be led by executive vice president Tom Lewand, who will report to the owner on business issues, and promoted general manager Martin Mayhew, who will report to the owner on football matters.
William Clay Ford also has been the target of criticism because since his first full season in 1964, the Lions have won only one playoff game. He has hired and retained people to lead the franchise who weren't able to build a consistent winner.
The latest tipping point might have been public comments made by the owner's son. Lions vice chairman Bill Ford said Millen should leave the team, and the Ford Motor Co. executive chairman said if he had the authority, he would make moves.
"I think the fans deserve better," Bill Ford told reporters.
The Lions have only one win in their last 11 games, dating to last season.
Millen was an NFL linebacker from 1980-91 with the Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. He went to the Super Bowl four times.