Detroit Lions News: Coaches needed, please apply

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The Detroit Lions will be without a plethora of coaches Saturday afternoon when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

We’re so close to saying good-bye and good riddance to the year 2020, but before we can, the year throws yet another curveball at us.  Due to COVID-19 and being in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for the virus, the Detroit Lions will be without a bunch of their coaching staff.

Included in the staff expected to miss Saturday’s football game will be head coach Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Cory Undlin.

I know some people are snickering, saying it doesn’t matter who coaches the Lions; they are bad regardless.  Or making comical comments like wondering what former special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs is up to this weekend.

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It’s crazy to think that the Detroit Lions will already be without an abundance of players Saturday, including Trey Flowers, Danny Shelton, Desmond Trufant, Jeff Okudah, Kenny Golladay, along with potentially Jamie Collins, and who has yet to practice this week due to a neck injury.  Detroit will see Everson Griffen return, who missed last week’s game after being placed on the COVID-19 list.

Preparing for Tom Brady is never easy, but preparing for Tom Brady without having the coaching staff present and having the teams’ facility shutdown and mix in a lot of missing players due to injury is a recipe for disaster.

You know those famous ‘We Want You’ posters that had been processed to land recruits as the U.S. joined World War I?  Well, the Detroit Lions are about to splatter those all across Metro Detroit looking for coaches who are willing to coach Saturday against Tom Brady and company.

Not really, but as it sits, they might just as well.

According to the Detroit Free Press, with Bevell restricted to his hotel room, quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan is expected to call Detroit’s offense along with either Ty Warren, Tony Carter, or Stephen Thomas on defense.  All of which have never called a single play at this level.

I’m sure Matthew Stafford will have a lot to say this week on offense, and I’m actually excited to see if he finds himself checking into something else at the line of scrimmage this week or just rolling with what Ryan has called.

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On the defensive side of the ball, does it really matter?  I don’t mean that negatively; it’s the truth.  The defense can’t get much worse.  With Brady and a high-powered Bucs offense rolling into town, it really may not matter who is calling the defense if we are completely candid.