Philly by Darius Slay | Players Tribune


I was supposed to be here.


It’s funny how the same thing that might make you a bad fit for one team, might make you the perfect fit for the next.

When I got traded to the Eagles, the media experience was kind of crazy because I was definitely one of the best players on the Lions defense at the time. I was doing my job at a high level. But if I’m being honest, the coach and I don’t always agree on what kind of leader I am. He had a different vision. I think it’s a generational thing. Some coaches want team captains to check the guts of everyone in the room, like Lawrence Taylor or Ray Lewis. He said that coaches will give you speeches all day about how old school players did it, and now he’s in the Hall of Fame, da da da. Well that’s cool. But people don’t always have to drive this way. I can’t fake it. I can only be slaughtered. So we never connected to that, and I ended up trading. That’s just work.

But I came to Philly with the same mindset: I’ll be slaying no matter what. And the thing about this team is, man, they kiss me right off the bat.

Last summer, when training camp started, we had to vote for a captain. I didn’t really know how it would turn out, but something about me is that I’ve never been a leader. Not in high school. Not when I was a thug at JUCO. Not in Mississippi. So we all go into the room and vote, and the coach is supposed to make the announcement the next day. I go home after a workout feeling great. Next thing you know, I get a text. It’s from the coach. I read it, and I’m just like, dang.

“Congratulations man, you are a captain.”

The coach and everyone knew how big it was for me. They know the work you’ve done. My teammates will be the first to tell you, “A lot of kills may flirt, but when you compete Slay?? It’s locked in. He knows his job, and he’s willing to sacrifice anything to win.”

That’s the thing that makes this team so great as a whole. We don’t point fingers – this is not a me-me group. Nobody is above the band. One band, one voice. You know what I’m saying?

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It started during training camp. We knew at the time that we would probably be good. It wasn’t like mid-season like, “Oh, bro, we’re really good.” Nah, nah, nah. We’ve all felt this presence during OTAs. After we signed AJ, you can start to see everything fall into place.

We were all on the team basically helping each other train. AJ helped me cover receivers, and I helped AJ figure out DB tendencies. It was completely a family thing. We were just looking at each other like, ‘Brother, we could be like… fact Well.” Fletcher, compare that to his team at the Super Bowl, when they were winning the same way. He said, “Man, that’s the feelings. “

You start thinking, “Okay, this team went 11-5….imagine what this team could do.”

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I don’t like to compare teams, but you understand how a team feels. My 2014 team is in Detroit, when we went 11-5, we had a lot of talent. We had a good mix. Ndamkong Suh, Nick Fairley, Ziggy Ansa, Ana, Calvin Johnson, Glover Quinn, DeAndre Levy, Tulloch. I had a lot of players, professionals, who were at the top of their game and played for each other. Then I joined this Eagles team, and we have the same kind of guys. We’ve got Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Erik Weedick. And then you have BG and Kyzir and TJ and then you have myself in the corner and James Bradbury.

You start thinking, “Okay, this team went 11-5…. imagine what This is amazing The team can do it.”

One of the biggest things with Coach is that he does such an amazing job of making us feel like family. I remember the first week he came to the building where he put the basketball hoop. And so we go through penalties every day. You could tell he enjoys coming to work, loves training us and being around us. Oh, and he can shootAlso, haha. Coach was Hopper. (He can’t outdo me though.)

But if I’m being realistic — the fact that my coach has finally accepted me, that says it all.

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Coach from the younger generation. It’s smaller than a lot of the other trainers from back when I was coming. He has a slightly more fun personality. He loves that we come to work and smile every day. I love the coach because he preaches the same thing about team organization and stuff, just like Caldwell used to do. Caldwell was Great moment Father figure to a lot of the guys in that Detroit locker room. Sirianni was the captain of the staff, and with Caldwell being the head coach, you can just see the impact. You can learn Siriani from the same training tree.

It always reminds us that this is our home. We welcome you to the building at any time. I can call Conway anytime, talk to him about anything, and I can call Sirianne, the same way. And being the main guy, that’s real. All employees are like that. It feels like a great family oriented kind of building. And that’s the kind of thing I like to be. I say to my group, “I know this is a business, but we can be family if you guys want to. I’m not here to force anyone to hang out with one, but the opportunity is there every week.”

Galen, has been a leader since day one. Galen and I also That’s great man. Since he set foot in the building, I have been a big brother to him.

I would go to war with any of these guys, any day.

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What made him the guy for me was when we played the Colts in Week 11. We were down like 16-10, or something, and then our defense just stopped and stopped. But AJ gets stripped on the next play. fumbles So we have three minutes left on the clock, and we stop again. Hurts go there. And Horts, man, his composure was so insane. On their final drive, they scored a TD to win it.

Jalen has been great in every other game we’ve played, but that moment showed me his composure as a QB. And I think it brought us together as a team, too. Because a lot of guys will go in there with their head down when someone has just been stripped and you only have three minutes left. Like, “Brother, what are you Action??“Da da da. Nobody says that here. Everyone tied it up and then came back out and won it.”

I think everyone who was on the sidelines witnessed the greatness of that day. was like , Yeah, I can ride with my brother all day.

Oh man, the energy in the locker room that day…. We ran some YoungBoy, and there we were, jumping around, going wild. On top of that, Indy was the coach’s old team, and they just fired his mentor. That’s why I feel that match was so big. Everyone wanted to do it for Coach and Galen, for sure.

It is this kind of energy that makes me want to go above and beyond for these guys.

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Hurts is one of the people who called him in, and if he can pull it off, it will work out. (And bring on the lobster, real talk!) When it comes to his leadership, it’s crazy that he’s young because I don’t know if that has much to do with playing Nick Saban or something, but he’s really entered the game as a pro. As I say, pay attention to the details. How did he watch the movie, how did he talk to the media, how did he answer the questions. I look at him like, Dang, that little kid over here. I didn’t know how to talk to the media until probably fourth year. And he was out here using big words and all sorts of things!! I’m like, “Goddawg, bro, you’re the dictionary too??” Hahahahaha.

I would go to war with any of these guys, any day.

When I met JB, man, he was a great guy and a great player. To let a guy like that off the field… I just don’t get it at all. Because he was one of the best players in this defense at that time. He gave you all a Pro Bowl season the year before, and was released the following year. So it didn’t make sense to me. But I always say to him, Shoot, I’m glad he came to us, because he’s sure there’s another Pro Bowl season here, too.

TJ Edwards has gone mad. I think he plays at a high, high level. I know everyone is talking about our quick passes that turn the ball around, but our two midfielders in the middle play absolutely fantastic ball. TJ is really the chief of defense. He gives us the calls, and puts us in the right position to make plays. You just see him running, from sideline to sideline. And he does All Sunday, man. His body is battered, he goes out every Sunday, runs on the sidelines, punches people in the face. I’m talking about Is that true slapped people. TJ is running through people’s souls, bro.

He has a bright and bright future for sure. He and Keizer. I remember in the pre-season, when I learned Kyzir was the truth. Keizer has always been flying everywhere and running everywhere. I don’t know how the Chargers let Kyzir go, because Buddy A.J dogg. We played for the Jets in the pre-season, and, man, the quarterback read and jumped a bit around and picked it up. I’m like, Oh yes, Kezier, go crazy.

We’ve got some dougs, bro. You already know.

And the biggest dawg ever? You are talking to him.

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this is funy, everybody She was amplifying Justin Jefferson’s match back in September, and I really didn’t get it. I just looked at it like a normal game at first. Don’t get me wrong, he’s one of the best receivers in the league – by Away It is better. And he just had a great game against the Packers. But the media was acting like he didn’t have to object I. You know what I’m saying? They came into the week like, “They’ve got a good DB corps in there, but I don’t know if they can contain it.”

I’ve been hearing that all week. And I’m thinking, you guys are acting like I’m not a four-time Pro Bowler, All-Pro corner, you know what I’m saying? was like , Well, you gotta stop playing with my name. It’s not an insult to Justin at all. Justin is a good, soft guy. But I had to make it known… I’m not one to play with!

Philly fans, baby, we gotta take it one game at a time.

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And you know what’s funny? My son is 15 years old and guess who his favorite receiver is? Guess who I hear about all the time in the house?

Justin Jefferson.

You are Flag I was teasing him a bit after I hung up on the guy. Hahahahahaha. He was like, “Dang dad, you just shut down my favorite receiver.” I said, “This is for you, Boy. Yes, we are here! ” Hahahahaha.

That’s the thing about this team. We’ve all had that chip on our shoulder at one point or another. Especially with Hurts – everyone thinks he just wasn’t ready for this job, ready for this spotlight. It proves everyone wrong. He is an outstanding quarterback.

We never went into this season thinking we were underdogs. Fear nothing. So, I’m ready. I am very proud of this group – this family.

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Philly fans, baby, we gotta take it one game at a time. I know how you’re going to get it, so don’t think too much about the future. We just have to take care of the next one and the next and the next.

We’ll see you this weekend.

You know how we come.

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