Irate Lions fans plan walkout to protest Millen's reign

12/22/2006 - NFL Detroit Lions Chicago Bears + more

Some fans in Detroit are planning to protest the dismal state of
the William Clay Ford-owned and Matt Millen-led Detroit Lions in their home finale for the second straight year.

Last season, about 500 people marched, chanting "Fire Mil-len!,
before the Lions hosted the Cincinnati Bengals, and many wore
orange during the game.

On Sunday against Chicago, another protest has been initiated by
disgruntled fans. With 8:57 left in the second quarter, those
interested in showing their displeasure with Ford and Millen are
asked to walk out of their seats and to later walk out of the

"They pay 60 or 80 bucks for a ticket, so they can do what they
want with it," Detroit tackle Jeff Backus said. "It's their right
to do that. We're not putting a good product on the field, so if
that's the way they want to react to it, then so be it."

The Lions (2-12) are tied with Oakland for the worst record in
the league and are an NFL-worst 23-71 since 2001, when Millen took
control of the once-mediocre franchise. If Detroit loses to the
Bears and at Dallas next week, its six-season total of losses will
trail only Tampa Bay's 74 setbacks from 1983-88 in league history.