Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com had an interesting initial reaction to the news that NBC broadcaster John Madden has retired. Namely: Will former Detroit general manager Matt Millen replace him?
[Update: Cris Collinsworth will replace Madden, moving over from the network's studio show, NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol said.]
There is some recent history between Millen and the network. Millen, a popular broadcaster before he joined the Lions in 2001, worked as an NBC studio analyst during the first round of the playoffs and also participated in NBC's broadcast of the Super Bowl.
This will be an interesting test for measuring how Millen's post-Lions life will be impacted by his performance in Detroit. NBC's Football Night in America is the league's signature production of the week. It's as high-profile as it gets, and at the height of his broadcasting career, Millen was appropriately qualified for it.
But is his analysis less credible after proving incapable of running a franchise himself? Or will the public, and therefore NBC, make the distinction between the skills required for broadcasting a game and putting a good team on the field? I shudder to think how well most sports broadcasters would do if they were in the general manager's chair.
I realize there is exceptional emotion on this issue from the Detroit sect of our blog. But I'm curious to know whether you -- all of you -- would accept Millen as a credible national broadcaster again.