Lions' Millen given the ax
The Detroit Lions fired Matt Millen seven-plus years after the acclaimed TV analyst and Super Bowl-winning linebacker took over as team president for one of the NFL's 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 yesterday afternoon.
Messages seeking comment were left on Millen's cellphone.
Millen's teams won a league-low 31 games since he took over in 2001, but his boss 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 its first three games this season going into its bye week.
"I am very disappointed with where we are as a team after our start this season," Ford added. "Our sole focus now is preparing for our next game against Chicago."
The 0-3 record dropped Millen to 31-84 overall, giving the Lions at least 10 more losses than any other NFL team since 2001, one of the worst stretches in league history.
Fans were excited. "I've been a season ticket-holder for 28 years and because they fired Matt Millen, I'm going to renew," said Eddie Gates. "This is the happiest day of my life."
Burress suspendedLess than a month after handing the man who caught the winning pass in the Super Bowl a new $35 million contract, the Giants (3-0) suspended Plaxico Burress for a game for missing a practice and not calling to explain his absence.
Burress's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, insisted the nine-year veteran had an undisclosed family emergency Monday and will appeal the ban to the NFL Players Association.
Burress will not be allowed to practice until after the Oct. 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks (this is the Giants' bye week). He will miss two weekly paychecks, totaling $235,294.12 of his $2 million annual base salary.