“It’s really hard out here!” Darius Slay drops a huge truth bomb about the ‘harsh’ expectations of Eagles fans in Philly
Slay revealed the pressure playing for the Eagles did get to him early on after his move from Detroit.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (Image via IMAGO)
Philadelphia Eagles fans are a demanding bunch, and Darius Slay first got a taste of it when he switched to Motorcity to come and play in Lincoln Financial Field three years ago. Even though the veteran cornerback had three Pro Bowl nods before joining the franchise, it wasn’t enough to please the Eagles faithful because only positive results matter to them.
During a recent appearance on the 2nd Wind Podcast, host Jarvis Miller asked Sly about his scenery change from Detroit to Philadelphia. The first thing that the 32-year-old mentioned was the fan expectations.
It's on a whole other level. Everything is [scrutinized]. When I first came over from Detroit, the first thing they said was that there was no Pro Bowl corner since Asante [Samuel]. Instantly, they put me under pressure.Slay revealed.
He had to digest a few nasty tweets from a section of the fans in his first couple of years for not securing enough picks. According to him, it did leave a bad impression on him and eventually affected his performance in some games. He further added:
Twitter gets to you, man! I am not going to lie. It was a big shock, but they just had high demands for their players. Very, very high.
When a franchise has a history of winning silverware (4 NFL championships and 1 Super Bowl), it creates a culture where fans are used to seeing their team fight until D-Day. If they win anything less than 100% on the field, they will be the first to point it out, more so in the age of social media. Slay said.
If you don't perform well, they are going to let you know.
Darius Slay’s contract with the Philadelphia Eagles
As the All-Pro CB mentioned, it’s hard to deal with the pressure that comes with playing for a team that is always fighting to win the Super Bowl. A slip-up can cost any player their job, and after their failure to win their second ring, he was cut from the roster.
Fortunately, they re-signed him to a two-year contract extension, which will run until 2025. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Darius Slay’s contract is worth a $42 million extension, with $32 million guaranteed.
And he has repaid with 48 tackles (40 solo and 8 assisted) along with 2 interceptions. One of them was a pick-6 against the New England Patriots in September.
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