Dave Fipp never had any symptoms during his battle with COVID-19, but the Detroit Lions special teams coordinator was nauseous during a day of his quarantine — when he saw the Lions lose from afar to the Philadelphia Eagles in the only game he saw. has missed in his 14 NFL seasons.
“It was terrible,” Fipp said on Thursday. “The hardest thing for me all the time was actually, I mean, my health was good, I was grateful for that. But race day was terrible. Watching it from a distance was just a tough experience. I didn’t feel well that day. “
Fipp, who has been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID on the morning of the Lions’ 44-6 loss to the Eagles but was unable to coach from the sidelines due to the NFL’s COVID protocols.
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Vaccinated players and coaches must pass a negative test at least 24 hours apart before they can return.
The Lions played their worst game of the season against the Eagles and Fipp’s special teams had a mixed day.
Austin Seibert missed a 47-yard field goal on the Lions’ second possession, but Godwin Igwebuike had his most productive day as a kick-returner, and KhaDarel Hodge defeated Jack Fox’s first punt on the 4-yard line.
Fipp took care of the game planning of special teams during the week. He conducted meetings and taught remote installations, watched video clips of drills and spent time with Lions coach Dan Campbell who talked about strategy and game-specific situations.
Special teams assistant Jett Modkins provided the personal education, and Fipp said Modkins and the rest of the unit “did a great job in the game and come through unusual circumstances”.
“Once it was match day, it was like, ‘Okay, the plan is set and we’re just going — I guess I’m just going to watch it play like any other fan does,’” Fipp said. “So it was kind of weird that way. But yeah, I was definitely nervous about it because you know those guys are stuck there on match day with the plan that was in place and if it doesn’t go well or you have to adjust something, you’re not there to do it.”