January 24, 1992 |
As the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins head toward Sunday's showdown in Super Bowl XXVI, consider the contrast in behavior this week between Thurman Thomas, the Bills' moody running back, and Matt Millen, the Redskins' upbeat linebacker. Thomas has been one uncorked whine: a player bemoaning an alleged lack of respect from reporters, the rest of the NFL and the world at large. Miffed that greater attention was being paid to quarterback Jim Kelly and defensive end Bruce Smith on Wednesday, Thomas was a no-show for the Bills' mandatory meeting with the Super Bowl media corps.
September 30, 1991 |
For 11 seasons as one of the game's premier linebackers, Matt Millen rattled ballcarriers, slammed tight ends and trashed offensive hopes throughout the NFL from a home base in California. But during nine seasons with the Raiders and two with the 49ers, Millen never viewed the Golden State as anything more than his home office. Hokendauqua, Pa., an hour west of Veterans Stadium, is Millen's true home, which may explain why he is one of the happiest players on the Washington Redskins' roster this season.
November 8, 2002 |
As a 6-foot-2, 255-pound middle linebacker, Matt Millen sowed destruction on the football field, earning All-American and All-Pro honors and winning four Super Bowl rings with three teams. But for the last several years, the former Penn State star has been cultivating an avocation. Since 1993, Millen, a native of Whitehall, Lehigh County, has owned a 135-acre farm in Upper Bucks County that produces hay, corn and soybeans. Though Millen's playing days are over - he retired after the 1991 season - his agricultural career was given a long-term contract Wednesday when the Bucks County commissioners approved the purchase of an agricultural easement on his Durham Township property.
February 5, 2003 |
Cast aside by the San Francisco 49ers, Steve Mariucci found his services in strong demand in his home state. Mariucci was hired as coach of the Detroit Lions yesterday, taking over one of the league's worst teams less than 3 weeks after he was fired by the 49ers. "We are thrilled. This is a huge step for our team and organization," Lions chief executive Matt Millen said. Terms were not disclosed, but reports indicate Mariucci will earn $25 million over 5 years, which would make him one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches.
January 4, 1999 |
Former Super Bowl linebacker Matt Millen apparently has received the first call in the Lions' search for high-level help in their personnel department. Millen, who played at Penn State before enjoying a productive NFL career with the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins, confirmed yesterday he has talked with Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr., but he said the discussions have not been specific. Lions vice president Bill Keenist also confirmed that Ford had a discussion with Millen regarding "a significant football role" with the Lions.
February 4, 2003 |
The Detroit Lions hope to hire Steve Mariucci as their coach today after trying to reach a deal for the past 6 days. "While there was significant progress made during those discussions, no deal has yet been finalized that would make Steve our next head coach," Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said last night. "We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached with Steve by the end of [today]. " Mariucci was fired by San Francisco on Jan. 15 after compiling a 60-43 record with four playoff appearances over six seasons.
September 29, 2008 |
The surprising Buffalo Bills, who ended yesterday as one of four undefeated teams in the NFL, and one of only two sporting a 4-0 record, get a supreme test next week to try and stay that way. The Bills will take on the Arizona Cardinals on the road. The Cardinals gave up 56 points to the New York Jets and turned the ball over six times, but it is still a dangerous game for Buffalo. First of all, it will be the longest trip the Bills have to make all season, heading to Glendale, Ariz.
March 14, 2008 |
Kevin Jones received a call yesterday afternoon from Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen with news the former Cardinal O'Hara High star had never heard at any level of football. Millen told the running back he was cut. The news came as quite a shock to Jones, who was rehabbing a knee injury suffered late last season. His father, Tom Jones, said Kevin was a month ahead of schedule in rehabbing the knee and looking forward to joining the Lions in July for training camp.
December 16, 2003 |
Detroit Lions president Matt Millen apologized yesterday for using a derogatory term for gays in a heated exchange with Kansas City receiver Johnnie Morton. Millen was talking with Kansas City players and coaches after the Chiefs' 45-17 victory Sunday when he ran into Morton, cut by Millen after the 2001 season. Millen, also the Lions' general manager, said he congratulated Morton, but was greeted with an insult from the player. "Unfortunately, I retaliated with a derogatory term directed toward Johnnie," Millen said in a statement.
March 4, 2003 |
The Detroit Lions will meet with the NFL's diversity committee today in Palm Beach, Fla., to discuss the process that led to the hiring of Steve Mariucci last month. Committee chairman and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney said the club's process "fell short" of committee guidelines, which call for teams to interview at least one minority candidate for coaching vacancies. Mariucci was the only person interviewed for the job. The Lions maintain five minority candidates turned down interviews because it appeared inevitable that Mariucci would be hired.