Millen Criticized Mariucci in Press-Box Rant Before Firing Him?

Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora told Detroit-area reporters during a conference call Wednesday that after his team beat the Lions on Thanksgiving last year, he was told that Lions executive Matt Millen had been highly critical of his coach, Steve Mariucci, in the press box during the game.

Millen fired Mariucci soon thereafter, and the Lions finished the season with Dick Jauron as their interim coach before Millen hired Rod Marinelli in the offseason.

"We'd heard that Matt had said some things up in the press box.... There's no secrets in this league," said Mora, who is close to Mariucci. "Everything gets out, so we knew what was going on."

The Lions take a 1-6 record this season into Sunday's game against the Falcons.

By Mark Maske |  November 2, 2006; 11:02 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , Lions
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How the heck does Matt Millen keep his job......what a boob!!!

Posted by: Lion Zion | November 2, 2006 12:11 PM

Believe me, I'm no Millen fan, but if Millen was saying stuff in the press box, don't you think the media would report it? And why is Mora gossiping to the press? Not too professional... but of course, this is the guy who talks on his cell phone during the middle of a game, so I guess he's not too big on professionalism.

Posted by: Liza | November 2, 2006 12:11 PM

Marriuci stunk...where's the controversy?

Posted by: Go Lions | November 2, 2006 5:42 PM

Doesn't anyone here see that it's Millen, not the coaches who's the problem in Detroit. You tell me in the history of the NFL draft what moron besides Millen has used all of his first round picks on Wide Receivers? One of which is no longer on the team and another who can't get on the field. At least when Wayne Fontes was head coach, the Lions actually competed for the playoffs. Now with Millen as the GM, the Lions are collecting first round draft picks ever year.

This is a perfect example of just because you were an above average football player who managed to hop from winning team to winning team to garner championship rings don't make you an expert at drafting or scouting personnel. If anything this begs to question was Millen that good as a player, or just lucky to end up with good teams favored to win the Super Bowl?

As long as Millen is in Detroit, the Lions will always stink. Hell, why not just let Mike "The Mad Bomber" Martz just take over. At least his teams are fun to watch and actually have talent and are competing for the playoffs. The defensive players may not like him but at this point what does Detroit have to lost but more games, more fans and more respect.

Posted by: Reggie | November 3, 2006 1:41 PM

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