Philadelphia Eagles star Darius Slay still feels disrespected by one of his former coaches and suggested he still carries a chip on his shoulder heading into the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Slay played for the Detroit Lions from 2013 to 2019 and was traded to the Eagles before the start of the 2020 season.
Before the 2019 season ended, Slay revealed that he had lost respect for Lions head coach Matt Patricia, who told him he was not an «elite corner.» Slay was named to the Pro Bowl that year.
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In two of his first three seasons with the Greens and Whites, Slay has been named to the Pro Bowl two more times. He played in all 17 games for Philadelphia in 2022 and had three interceptions to go along with 14 passes defensed and 55 total tackles.
Even so, the last moments in Detroit weigh on him.
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“He basically just said, ‘You’re not in that category yet.’ At the time, I only had one Pro Bowl, but now I have five, so I want to know how you feel about that now,» Slay said, via Mass Live. «I don’t wish anything bad on him, but as a man, he and I just don’t get along. He’s a smart trainer, he knows the X’s and O’s about him, but disrespect is not what I’m with.»
Patricia joined the Lions of Bill Belichick’s regime with the New England Patriots. In 43 games in Detroit, she went 13-29-1. Detroit waived him after Week 12 of the 2020 season.
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Slay can now play in his first Super Bowl.