Patrick Willis doesn't know who Matt Millen is, responds to Millen's criticism anyway
Before he became the worst general manager in this history of professional sports and a perfectly execrable football analyst, Matt Millen was actually a pretty decent NFL linebacker. Quite good, actually -- Millen was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft, and won Super Bowls with three different teams -- the Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Washington Redskins. Millen was a high-effort guy with a pinpoint and violent approach to tackling, and if he had stopped right there, he wouldn't be the running joke he is today. But, we have what we have. And as a result of what we have, when the only man to put together a team bad enough to go 0-16 in a single NFL season makes assertive statements, most people want to take a step back and consider the source. Two days after the New York Giants beat the daylights out of the 49ers last Sunday by a score of 26-3, Millen went on Bay Area station 95.7 The Game and said that San Francisco linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman played the worst they ever had. Those who know of Millen's dumpster-fire reputation as a personnel guy would probably take it as a compliment that he was less than impressed with their efforts, but as Willis didn't seem to know who Millen was, there wasn't the same effect. "Oh man ... it's like what it is with anything," Willis said Tuesday on the same station after he was told about Millen's negative take.