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On whether he was qualified for the job: "In some areas, yes. In some areas, no. Certainly from a...

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On whether he was qualified for the job: "In some areas, yes. In some areas, no. Certainly from a football point of view, the X’s and O’s, and that’s something that you study for a long time and you understand. But there’s a whole other side to that job that you have to learn and frankly I didn’t understand going in, and I had to learn it." On if he would have fired himself: "Yeah, I would have, actually. Probably not this year until after the season, because I think when you start having changeover in an organization, it filters down to the locker room and that’s tough to do, and I thought that that was a tough position for Rod Marinelli to be in. Rod’s a stud. I mean, Rod’s an outstanding football coach, and obviously the thing went the other way on him this year, but that’s a tough position for him." On how close the Lions are to winning: "A lot closer than people think. I mean, right now, it’s easy to just sit around and say, ‘Oh, the Lions. They stink,’ and kick them when they’re down. But if you take a look around this league right now – in fact, we’re going to watch one today – Atlanta had four wins a year ago, one in Miami. I mean, it’s doable. Is there enough talent up there in Detroit? Absolutely. You’ve got one of the top receivers in the league right now in Calvin Johnson. You’ve got a good young running back. There’s some pieces in place in the offensive line. Defensively, do they need some help? Yeah, they need some help. But it certainly can be done." Matt Millen talks about Lions' 0-16 season on NBC | Detroit Free Press

"I said at the beginning of the season, come on out and I think you'll like what you see. And I...

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"I said at the beginning of the season, come on out and I think you'll like what you see. And I think the people who came out, they like what they see because they see discipline. They see the approach is right, they're practicing right. All the little things. Everybody has a different saying. Rod says pound the rock. (Joe) Paterno said take care of the little things, the big things will take care of itself. Al Davis said block, tackle and be right, baby. The successful ones all say the same thing, they say it differently. We're doing it the right way, that's why I know it'll work."

Birk's Eye View: Millen: "We're doing it the right way, that's why I know it'll work." Matt Millen spoke to the media today and made a complete fool of himself. It pained me to read some of his comments. It literally hurt knowing that this man is running my favorite team. I'll have a full post later today on all the ridiculous things he said.
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