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Lions’ DC Cory Undlin describes watching Bucs game from his kitchen island

As brutal as it was for fans to watch, had to be worse for a coach at home — unable to do anything about it.

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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.

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