SEATTLE — It was one of the biggest plays of the game, and Ronald Darby still doesn’t get what he did wrong.
Darby, playing in his fourth game in an Eagles uniform, was called for a 19-yard pass interference penalty while covering Doug Baldwin late in the first quarter of the Eagles-Seahawks game.
At that point, the Eagles were trailing by three points, but the DPI gave the Seahawks a first down on the Eagles' 16-yard-line and after another Eagles penalty Russell Wilson gave the Seahawks a 10-0 lead with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham.
The Seahawks aren’t in the business of giving back double-digit leads at home, so that penalty was really a pivotal point in the game.
“I asked [the ref], ‘What did I do wrong,’” a frustrated Darby said after the game. “I’m breaking on a seven (route) and the guy is running upfield and runs into me. What else do you want me to do, step out of his way?
“He said, ‘You made contact. You jabbed him while the ball was in the air.’ OK, ref. You just have to move on.”
The Eagles were penalized seven times for 64 yards in the Seahawks’ 24-10 win at Century Link Field. Four of the penalties were committed by the Eagles’ secondary.
“End of the day, you can’t play a team and the refs,” Darby said. “That’s hard to do.”
Darby’s penalty was his first as an Eagle. In all, the Eagles have committed 92 penalties for 742 yards in 12 games. Among the defensive backs, Jalen Mills (five) and Rasul Douglas (four) have been the most penalized. Patrick Robinson has been called twice and Malcolm Jenkins, Corey Graham and Dexter McDougle once apiece.
Darby said he’s not going to change the way he plays the game, no matter how many penalties he gets called for.
“I’m not going to go no less physical,” he said. “I only know one style. I only know one way to go and that’s hard.
“The refs got their job, they make mistakes sometimes, sometimes they miss stuff. I’m going to keep playing like I play. One way to play and that’s to compete. That’s how it is.”