If you’re Mac Jones this Thursday, today is probably a great day. If you’re Darius Slay, well, you might want to stay away from social media.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have hired former Lions head coach Matt Patricia to be the team’s new senior defensive assistant.
Patricia most recently served as the Patriots de-facto offensive coordinator in 2022.
And now it is official: Eagles have hired former Patriots’ assistant coach Matt Patricia as their new senior defensive assistant, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2023
News of Patricia’s hire in Philadelphia might not sit well with star cornerback Darius Slay, who’s previously made it clear that he’s “lost all respect” for the former Lions head coach.
“That told me right there that he didn’t have no respect for me,” Slay said ahead of his first year with the Eagles in 2020. The discourse between the two reportedly started after Patricia called Slay out in a Lions team meeting, saying in front of the team that he wasn’t ‘elite’.
“He told me I was a good player, but then to tell me what I’m not, so I said, OK. I just took that to the chin and said, ‘OK, that’s cool.'”
On quite the opposite end of the spectrum as Slay, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is likely thrilled to hear today’s news. He appeared to yell at Patricia during a Patriots loss to the Bills this past December and has dropped subtle hints that he wasn’t thrilled with the team’s offensive game plan in 2022.
Regardless, Patricia appears to be getting a fresh start in coaching, and on his preferred side of the football, in Philadelphia this season.
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Publish Date:2023-04-21 03:31:51