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Darius Slay, Eric Ebron pour on insults after Lions fire Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn

Darius Slay, Matt Patricia, Eric Ebron, Lions, Bob Quinn

Former Detroit Lions players Darius Slay and Eric Ebron were active on social media Saturday morning, rubbing salt in the wound for Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn following their dismissal.

While reaction on Twitter was to be expected in light of the news, the celebration from former Lions’ players over the moves, is unusual. Typically muted in their response, players often recognize that the high rate of turnover on NFL rosters and coaching staffs, means that there always remains the possibility that they will find themselves reunited with the coaches they may have once wanted to deride publicly. With job security guaranteed to only the league’s top players, the risk of potentially alienating a future employer is generally enough to keep reaction limited from personnel around the NFL.

As it turns out, Patricia and Quinn were so disliked that Slay and Ebron were willing to throw caution to the wind, to take the chance to dunk on them one more time.

Traded earlier this year to the Philadelphia Eagles following a clash with Patricia, Slay has publicly critiqued the Lions’ leadership in the past, and spoken about the manner in which the former head coach alienated him from the organization. Ebron, for his part, left Detroit in 2018 after four years with the club, and has engaged with fans on social media, blaming the front office for the lack of interest from players around the league, in joining the team.

Despite the positive reaction from the move, the Lions’ ownership will be tasked with building a front office capable of transforming the historically troubled franchise. While winning football games would be nice, getting a staff that isn’t despised might be a good place to start.