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Mayhew says Slay has “a lot of work to do”


New Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said in January that cornerback Darius Slay has “a lot of room to improve.”  G.M. Martin Mayhew said last week that Slay will need to roll up his sleeves to get there.

He has a lot of work to do,” Mayhew said at the league meetings in Orlando, via the team’s official website.  “I think he’s up to the challenge.  He finished up strong for us the last half of the season.  I’m looking forward to seeing him this season.”

A second-round pick in 2013, Slay appeared in 13 games with four starts.  By not adding any big-name corners in free agency, the expectation is that Slay will start plenty more in 2014.

As Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ website points out, the team will likely play more man-to-man coverage under Austin, which suits Slay’s strengths.  The Lions will expect to see more strengths than weaknesses this year from Slay.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 30, 2014 7:52 PM

    Well hopefully Teryl Austin can help him out. Our Secondary (and LB/QB) have always been the most poorly coached positions on this team every single year. I have a hard time thinking that Teryl won’t be able to come up with something to benefit these guys. They need to take a page out of Deion’s philosophy book and teach these men how to play the game, not how to play an area or some kind of contrived inside the box strategy.

    We have 5 returning CBs that I’m expecting to get better. Slay was still a bit of a reach as a pick, but that’s ok if Teryl can help him get to the next level.

  2. jacobslatter says: Mar 30, 2014 7:58 PM

    Darius will Slay all whiny crybaby diva wide receivers that cross his path. Shutdown City.

  3. cgriffy84 says: Mar 30, 2014 8:42 PM

    Darius Slay is going to be a good corner for us for years to come he’s ping to benefit greatly in a more man oriented scheme. He will be our number 1.

  4. honalulublue says: Mar 30, 2014 8:46 PM

    They’ll draft a corner and/or safety in one of the 1st three rounds anyway

  5. hurricanegrabowski says: Mar 30, 2014 9:00 PM

    AS long as Mayhew is still calling the shots in Detroit, the Millen stain will stay in place and success will be intermittent at best.

  6. swive says: Mar 30, 2014 9:11 PM

    Hurricane – let it go, dude. He’s long gone out of Detroit. Long gone.

  7. slayisland says: Mar 30, 2014 9:15 PM

    I think u still add an additional CB to the mix injuries were very detrimental for the Lions in the secondary

  8. packerbackernj says: Mar 30, 2014 9:44 PM

    I’m pretty sure when Caldwell took over the colts job, he had a sub par defense and made them into a powerhouse……or was it he made them worse? Can’t remember.

  9. ariani1985 says: Mar 30, 2014 9:51 PM


    when green bays defense stops being referenced to doink the clown then I would start talking.

  10. hurricanegrabowski says: Mar 30, 2014 10:40 PM

    “Hurricane – let it go, dude. He’s long gone out of Detroit. Long gone.”

    You realize Mayhew is a former Millen lackey? Wait, you don’t, you probably know very little about the Lions He got the job because he was already in the organization, and Ford likes to do things the easy way Mayhew was as, or more, responsible for the team’s lack of success as Jim Schwartz was, but successfully made Schwartz the main scapegoat. The only thing saving him are a few draft choices that just about anyone would of made in the situation they were drafting in, although the massive contracts his big 3 have, have limited what they can do with the roster. Lions fans are fooling themselves if they think Mayhew is the best man for the job, most other organizations would of fired him last year.

  11. DonKellyBaby says: Mar 30, 2014 10:55 PM

    Slay was a 3rd round talent entering the 2013 draft, but after he ran a 4.35 at the combine he skyrocketed up a few teams’ draft boards.

    He was a good college player;however, he was drafted too high. He’ll be a good #2 CB in the NFL, but the Lions need a true #1.

  12. lionfreq says: Mar 30, 2014 11:21 PM

    We have a problem….Houston. We’re stuck with him after giving him that big contract.

  13. lennymoorerules says: Mar 31, 2014 5:47 AM

    Chuck Pagano was the defensive backs coach for the Ravens in 2008. Austin was his assistant. During the playoff game against the Titans (who were 13-3 that year) both of them made on the fly adjustments when Samari Rolle went down to injury during the game. They used two rookies-Nakamura and Zbikowski and the Ravens won. Austin knows what he is doing. He is a good coach who will get the most out of his unit.

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