Eagles’ Darius Slay recalls ‘disrespect’ from former Lions coach ahead of Super Bowl LVII

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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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Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks to the media during opening night of Super Bowl LVII presented by Fast Twitch at the Footprint Center on February 6, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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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Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles walks to the locker room during halftime of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia.

Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles walks to the locker room during halftime of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

“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.

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia adjusts his mask during the second half of a game against the Houston Texans on November 26, 2020 in Detroit.

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia adjusts his mask during the second half of a game against the Houston Texans on November 26, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Slay can now play in his first Super Bowl.

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