While most of us don’t see a problem with watching the Detroit Lions from the comfort of our homes with sweatpants and plenty of booze within arm’s reach, it’s naturally a whole other story for the team’s defensive coordinator.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Lions DC Cory Undlin described the frustration of having to watch Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from his kitchen island.
“I was disappointed in the fact that I wasn’t there,” he said. “Obviously the outcome of the game was not good, didn’t execute. Proud of the players and couches that had to step up and deal with it.”
By not good, he means a 47-7 beatdown at Ford Field on Saturday afternoon. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the Lions were left without a total of five coaches — including interim head coach Darrell Bevell.
“There is a little concern, like I hope I don’t have (COVID)” Undlin described being told he’d have to quarantine for five days. “But I’ve now tested negative 170 straight days and then twice everyday last week.”
Undlin said it was particularly brutal feeling helpless at home as the Bucs absolutely dominated.
“I don’t know if any club in the history of the league has ever been in that situation, I don’t think it has. But to sit it in your kitchen and watch it and have zero impact, and not be able to do anything, it’s not a good situation to be in and I hope I’m never in it again,” he said.
Let’s hope that to be true, and that the end of the strange times are around the corner.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- An interesting info nugget from Albert Breer in Monday Morning Quarterback about how some candidates may be leery of Chris Spielman’s role in the organization. Don’t read the part about the Bucs game though.
- A look from the Detroit Free Press’ Carlos Monarrez at how the Lions managed to pull off a game (if you’d call it that) without five of their coaches.
- The Lions are offering some neat fan appreciation giveaways over on Twitter.
We’re taking our annual fan appreciation event virtual this year❗️— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 27, 2020
For the next 10 days, we’ll be giving away autographed #Lions gear on Twitter. Check back each day for a new chance to win‼️ pic.twitter.com/e5SbZhKYCj
- The Freep’s Dave Birkett with a look at how popular names in the race for the next Lions head coach fared this weekend on their current teams.
- John Maakaron for Sports Illustrated’s All Lions identifies the pros and cons of hiring Urban Meyer as the next Lions head coach.