Darius Slay says Eagles assistant deserves “one of these jobs”
Darius Slay was already one of the best cornerbacks in football when he arrived in Philadelphia. Slay – a quadruple Pro Bowler who led the NFL in interceptions and pass breakouts in 2017 – got even better in his ninth season. Credit Dennard Wilson, first-year defensive back coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Slay was in a extremely jagged mood when he met reporters on Wednesday and couldn’t help but talk about his coaching job. Wilson, a college star from Maryland, told his players to trust their eyes and anticipate the direction the quarterback is taking with football. Everything he asked Slay to do came to light on game day.
âDennard, he’s been a great coach, man. He helped me take my game to a whole new level â, Slay told reporters. âHe never led me wrong. Not once, not yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if sooner or later he had one of those jobs.
âThese jobsâ include a defensive coordinator position. Slay can’t believe Wilson was never promoted to the highest level in his profession.
“I’m surprised he’s been in the league as long as he has been, 15 years old he hasn’t been DC [defensive coordinator] again, âSlay said. “Because of the way he can plan he’s smart, because everything he told me, man – him, JG [Jonathan Gannon], and all the staff told me – it’s true on the pitch. Even with the film study that I’m doing myself, these guys got it right.
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Send Asante Samuel to the Hall of Fame
Slay interrupted his press conference scheduled for Wednesday to deliver a Advocacy for the Hall of Fame. Not for himself (although that was also brought up), but for one of the greatest cornerbacks of all time: Asante Samuel. The former Eagles big has recorded 51 interceptions in 11 seasons (157 games) while leading the NFL twice in picks and pass breaks.
Before unpacking Slay’s comments, let’s start with this: Samuel deserves a Canton bust (something I said before). His ability to gain momentum at all times was amazing to watch. He was a fixture, although his tackling skills left something to be desired. No matter. It’s a Hall of Famer.
âNot yet, but I’m working,â Slay said of his own Hall of Famer credentials, âbut a guy like Asante Samuel, four-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowler, 51 career interceptions and over 400 tackles, and he’s not in the first round. I’m sitting here like, ‘Dang, can I even knock on the door?’ Because he’s doubling down on my choices right now and he’s been doing it for 11 years. If you can’t get in by doing that, it’s going to be hard for me to do it. We have to find a way out [to get him into the Hall of Fame]. “
Eagles look healthy for week 17
The Eagles completed another practice session to start the week. Five players were listed “DNP (did not participate) on a estimated practice report, including RB Jordan Howard (stinger), RB Miles Sanders (hand), S K’Von Wallace (hip). Sanders has already been kicked out, but Howard is a name to watch.