The hits keep on coming out of Motown for the Detroit Lions – but not the kind made by Marvin Gaye or the Temptations.

On Thursday the Lions announced they would be missing a number of coaches for Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers.

Interim Head Coach Darrell Bevell, defensive coordinator Cory Undlin, defensive line coach Bo Davis, defensive backs coach Steve Gregory and linebackers coach Ty McKenzie will  miss the game due to COVID-19 protocols.

The team also announced their new chain of command for the game.

Wide receivers coach Robert Prince will fill in for Bevell as head coach with quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan handling play-calling duties. Assistant head coach Evan Rothstein will call plays on the defensive side of the ball with defensive assistant Tony Carter  coaching defensive backs.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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1 year ago

I hope that the Bucs coaches and players are not expecting the Lions to just roll over on Saturday, despite developments like these. We need to treat both of these last two regular season games as if they are playoff games. We still have the chance to win the division and also to gain a better playoff matchup.

1 year ago

Saints play on Friday. If the Saints beat the Vikes, they win the division. If they lose, the Bucs have a chance to capture the division and it will come down to week 17.
The Bucs will be going against the interim coach of the interim coach of the Lions. This should be a guaranteed “W”, regardless of RoJo/Davis status.