Former Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell is not happy with Amazon’s documentary about Barry Sanders, “Bye, Bye, Barry.” Mitchell, who played for the Lions from 1994-1998, expressed his displeasure with how he was portrayed in the film in a lengthy Facebook post.
“I am so tired of hearing how I was the reason that Barry Sanders never won a Super Bowl,” Mitchell wrote, via The Detroit News. “I’m so tired of hearing how I was not a good QB. My only response is F–K YOU ALL!!!!! That includes Eminem [and] Jeff Daniels.”
He stated that he was tired of hearing how he was responsible for Sanders not winning a Super Bowl and that he was a bad QB.
He also criticized former Lions coach Wayne Fontes’ comments about the team’s inability to land Warren Moon or Joe Montana during the late stages of their careers.
“I can’t even began to tell you what a disappointment it is to [hear] my own coach, Wayne Fontes, who went out in free agency and actively [pursued] me to the point of begging me to come to Detroit, say that he wanted Joe Montana or Warren Moon, and that the only thing that was missing from the team winning the Super Bowl was a quarterback,” Mitchell wrote. “A little support from the coach might have gone a long way. Wayne never had my back!”
Mitchell blamed everyone in Detroit, including Sanders, for their lack of playoff success.
“Everyone loved him. Everything was built for Barry to succeed. In his 10-year career he won one playoff game and the only reason he didn’t win more was everyone else was the problem? How many yards did Barry have in the playoffs in ’94, ’95, ’97? I’ll give you a hint not very many. We all are to blame for not winning a [Super Bowl] in Detroit even Barry Sanders.”
Sanders has not yet responded to Mitchell’s comments, but it seems like Mitchell has been hearing about the team’s failures for many years, and this documentary was the last straw for him.