Is the end near for Millen?
Not having talked to Bill Ford Jr., Matt Millen or William Clay Ford, the primary parties involved in the day's major sports story, here's my two cents:
Ford Jr. is trying to affect change about an organization he cares deeply about but is no longer involved in the day-to-day operation of. He's never spoken publicly before about Millen's status, at least his desire for Millen to be gone, but that's been the common perception in media circles for some time.
Millen has been an abject failure as team president. The Lions' 31-84 record under his stewardship speaks for itself, though to be fair not everything has been his fault (Joey Harrington, you'll recall, was not his pick).
Do I think Ford Jr.'s comments will matter in the long run? Not really, and here's why. While it's certainly possible Millen survives another December, the Lions are heading down the path of implosion. As in, clean house and start new again. Ford the elder has to see it or risk his franchise becoming the absolute blight of the NFL.
You can argue whether that's good, whether the organization needs some stability in coaches or personnel or systems. But at 0-3, this season is already a disastrous wreck with little hope for a turnaround.
The bye week comes at a welcome time for players to recharge and get away from things, but it is not a cure-all. There are locker-room issues (Jon Kitna and Roy Williams do not appear to have bought into Jim Colletto's offense), personnel issues (the talent on defense isn't getting better with a week off), and fan-revolt issues (can't wait to see how angry and empty Ford Field is for the Chicago game).
The reality is, the Lions stand another early three-touchdown hole against the Bears away from the point of no return, though by finally speaking out it seems Ford Jr. is already there.