Darius Slay Blog: "I missed a key tackle, but I'll never lose my confidence."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Rookie CB Darius Slay on his "welcome to the NFL" moment and what he took away from the first regular season game

"One of the biggest things I took away from the first regular season game was to finish plays. Finish tackles. I missed a key tackle that led to a touchdown. It didn't really affect me though. I know that I missed a key tackle, but I'll never lose my confidence, I just have to do the best I can on the next play. That was my welcome to the NFL jolt, but it was all good, I will know better next time.
Darius SlayCB Darius Slay (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

"After that play, we locked in as a defense. That's Adrian Peterson, that's a future Hall of Famer right there; but after that, we shut him down for a total of 93 rushing yards, so we did pretty good.

"I took it all as a good learning experience. I learned a lot. I have to check the backfield out before I do anything. I saw a play that I gave up and I saw that they had matched protection that I should have played off, but you know, I didn't see that. I know to use my eyes more and pay attention to the formation.

"The vets talked to me on the sideline and let me know that when you see some type of formation like that, be prepared for a deep shot, because that's what they're trying to do.

"One of the biggest differences compared to the preseason is that the tempo picked up, the mentality of the coaches changed a little bit because there's a record now that counts, everything is going into the books. Everything needs to be correct and it also changed the players' mood, the mindset and how they're taking care of their bodies and everything and taking film more seriously.

"Arizona looks like a very aggressive team with the run game, they got Larry on the other side, so we're just ready to compete and get better. I like Larry, man, he's very competitive and confident in his game, just like I am. I know it'll be a great competition."