Darby Regrets Social Media Meltdown
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Sunday was not Ronald Darby's finest moment as a member of the Eagles and when you make mistakes at the cornerback position, it's pretty easy for everyone to see.
One of the worst offenses in football, the New York Giants, piled up over 500 yards of total offense and 427 through the air during the Eagles' 34-29 win last Sunday and Darby was in the middle of many of the worst moments, often falling for double moves from the Giants' pedestrian receivers.
Frustrated after a poor performance Darby refused to talk to reporters after the game and then blocked critical fans on social media earlier this week.
The speedy cornerback recovered from the self-inflicted wounds and did a 180 at his locker after Thursday's practice, however, apologizing for his actions and calling them childish.
"I was just in my feelings," Darby said. "I gotta grow up. I had a horrible game, probably one of the worst games I have ever played. And that ain't nobody's fault. People expect highly of us. I do apologize ... to y'all [the reporters] too for that. That was childish. And I'm too grown for that."
Darby was hardly the only culprit in the defense's poor performance up the Jersey Turnpike, though, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz bemoaned a lack of urgency for many of the issues.
Darby, meanwhile, certainly didn't play well against the Giants but his interception and dynamic return also turned around what was a 20-7 game in the Giants' favor at the time
By any measure, the bad outweighed the good and Darby allowed his frustrations to boil over.
Darby has persevered through a lot this season, starting with the trade that sent him from Buffalo for significant compensation, a second-round pick and Jordan Matthews. From there he dislocated his ankle in the season opener and when he finally got back Pro Bowl alternate Jalen Mills had played so well at left corner that Darby was asked to switch sides on the field.
From a health perspective, Darby said he feels good but stopped short of declaring himself 100 percent and admitted that the switching sides on defense has been an adjustment for him but claimed none of that was the reason he played poorly against Eli Manning and Co.
He also admitted playing in Philadelphia is an adjustment.
"Here, it's like everyone and their mother got an Instagram, Twitter, everything," Darby joked. "You hear from all over."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen