Eagles CB Darius Slay rips former coach Matt Patricia: 'The disrespect is not what I’m with'

As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs, many of them took the opportunity to air out grievances with anyone who has said anything about them.

Eagles cornerback Darius Slay had plenty to say during the Super Bowl opening night on Monday when he was asked about his former Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia.

Patricia was fired by Detroit in November 2020 after posting a 13-29-1 record in less than three seasons. Patricia had an issue with Slay working out with fellow cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Aqib Talib.

"He basically just said, 'You are not in that category yet,' " Slay said. "At that time, I only had one Pro Bowl but now I’m at five, so I want to know how he feels about that now. I don’t wish bad on him, but as a man, me and him just don’t get along. He’s a smart coach, he knows his Xs and Os, but the disrespect is not what I’m with."

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay speaks during Super Bowl Opening Night.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay speaks during Super Bowl Opening Night.

When Patricia was hired in Detroit after his time with the New England Patriots, Slay says he was caught off guard by the new coach's attitude.

"I mean, it was weird how he came in like he was just bigger and better than all of us," Slay said. "He acted like we asked to be here. You know, we do get selected," Slay said. "That was crazy. That was a first."

Slay spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Lions before he was traded to the Eagles after the 2019 season and has been a Pro Bowl selection each of the past two years.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Darius Slay rips Matt Patricia, feels disrespected by ex-Lions coach