Cornerback Darius Slay made it clear this offseason that he wanted out of Detroit. Moments after being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, Slay didn’t hesitate to take some shots at the Lions head coach on his way out.
During an appearance on Detroit’s WJR radio, Slay said he didn’t respect head coach Matt Patricia as a person, even before the team traded safety Quandre Diggs last season.
Slay on WJR said he didn't respect Matt Patricia as a person even before the Diggs trade.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 19, 2020
I knew the relationship wasn't great, but Slay isn't holding back.
The Lions traded Diggs, their top safety, during the 2019 season to the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth-round pick.
Slay immediately slammed the move. It became quickly apparent to him that he and Patricia wouldn’t last long together.
Darius Slay on WJR: I wanted to stay for a minute, but I knew how me and Matt Patricia were and that wasn't going to last long.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 19, 2020
Slay said he disagrees with the coach on a lot of things. Said he was bothered by Patricia saying he wasn't elite, only good.
Slay described how his relationship with Patricia started horribly. While things improved in their second season together, the damage was done between the coach and Detroit’s top cornerback.
Slay said the first year with Patricia was rough and destroyed their relationship, even though the second year was much better.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 19, 2020
Despite Slay’s accomplishments as a three-time Pro Bowl selection, he said Patricia questioned his abilities and told him that he didn’t deserve to work out with top cornerbacks.
Slay said Matt Patricia told him he had no business working out with guys like Richard Sherman and Aqib Talib because those guys were elite and Slay was just good.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 19, 2020
It’s clear both sides needed to separate and that’s exactly what happened. The Lions picked up a third- and a fifth-round pick and Slay joins a contender and signed a $50 million extension.
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