Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Matt Millen argues with Steve Young

Did you catch this, from the ESPN pre-game to Monday Night Football? I did not. Yahoo Sports "Shutdown Corner" blogger Chris Chase brings it to our attention:

An argument between Steve Young and Matt Millen is like – what is it like? I struggle for apt comparisons.

Steve Young graduated from BYU, and received his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. In football, he holds the NFL record for highest career passer rating and won six NFL passing titles (which ties him with Sammy Baugh). Selected to 7 Pro Bowls, a 2-time NFL MVP, he also played on 3 Super Bowl winners (though only starting on one) and was a Super Bowl MVP. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He is intelligent and articulate. When he speaks, it is worth listening to what he has to say.

Matt Millen was a good football player, making the Pro Bowl one time, and was an important contributer on defense for 4 Super Bowl winning teams. He is also the most incompetent executive in the history of pro sports. He is the author of the Detroit Lions 0-16 season. He is a blight on sports broadcasting, and every time his braying voice is splattered all over the country, it is a slap in the face to NFL fans.

Matt Millen telling Steve Young he's wrong? I am sputtering with the preposterousness of it.


Maybe this is what I meant to say:

In what kind of crazy universe can Matt Millen lecture Steve Young on quarterback play?


Update again

I mean, imagine they had switched places in the 2000s. Say Steve Young got that unearned opportunity to be a GM of an NFL team, and, I dunno, Millen went to law school or spoke at the Utah Valley State College commencement or the 2000 Republican Natl Convention or served on the board of Foundry Networks, or whatever else Young did to keep himself busy in the aughts.

There's no way in the world Young would have been as catastrophic a failure at GM, as Millen was, is there?

I mean, it's easy to picture Young not having tremendous success. You need a certain specific knack, and it's a competitive sphere. Young would have been competing with Ozzie Newsome and Bill Polian and Ernie Accorsi and the Patriots machine and all the other good GMs in the league. So maybe Young would not have put together a champion. But there's no way in the world he would have been the gigantic pile of fail that Millen was.



  1. “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”

    - Charles Darwin

  2. I think it's funny that Young is laughing at him at the end of the video. How awesome would it have been if Young had said "Hang on a sec. You're actually going to sit there and lecture someone on not knowing what's going on in a locker room? And you're able to do this with a straight face?"


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