Darius Slay Says He Appreciates Eagles Treating Players 'Like Grown Men'

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Darius Slay has made it abundantly clear that he's happy to be in Philadelphia, be it through social media...

...or by bashing the culture of his former team, the Detroit Lions, specifically with regard to head coach Matt Patricia.

Slay recently said that he appreciates the Eagles treating players 'like grown men' and giving them the 'ability to be yourself' (via Zach Berman). While this isn't as much of a direct shot at the Lions as it is complimentary praise of the environment of Philadelphia, we wouldn't be too surprised if his intention was to throw some shade at Detroit.

Following his departure from Detroit via a trade to Philly, Slay made sure to reveal his broken relationship with Lions head coach Matt Patricia, which Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press called "unsalvageable." One 2018 occurrence, in particular, was the reason for this mess.

"He told me in front of the whole team, in the team meeting room, showed clips of me in practice getting a ball caught on me or so in practice," Slay told Birkett. "I posted a picture (of a wide receiver on social media), and he told me, stop sucking this man’s private...

"That's disrespectful to me and so from there on it was done with."

Slay additionally detailed that he became so mad that he "blacked out a little bit" to the point that he became teary-eyed, and needed to be calmed down by former teammate Glover Quin. Though Slay said their relationship improved during the 2019 season, Birkett details that "things were past the point of repair" after what Patricia said to him in 2018.

The strong connection to the above incident and Slay's glowing review of the Eagles team culture can be found in the wording.

After a Detroit coach talked to Slay about the incident, Slay explained his frustration.

"I said, man, I wasn't trying to hear that because of the fact that I'm a grown man, he's a grown man," Slay said.

Again, it was being treated like "grown men" that was one of the highlights of his appraisal of his brief time in Philadelphia so far, according to Berman.

However, he didn't leave Detroit without fond memories of the city; in fact, quite the contrary is true, as evidenced by his Instagram post.

Slay looks to boost a secondary that struggled through injuries and a lack of defined talent last season, and Pro Football Focus has high hopes that this will be the case, ranking the Eagles' secondary as a top-12 unit heading into 2020.

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