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March 7, 2008 11:19 AM

Darby's deal done with Detroit

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Defensive tackle Chuck Darby has agreed to a three-year deal with Detroit where he will play for Rod Marinelli, who was Darby's defensive line coach in Tampa Bay. Here's a link to the story on Mlive! from the Detroit perspective.

Darby was one of the first free agents Seattle signed after Tim Ruskell became president. He stands 6 feet tall. Maybe. It didn't take long for him to stand out, though.

The guy was the perfect trandem with Marcus Tubbs during that Super Bowl season of 2005. Someone who showed Tubbs the kind of toughness and determination it takes to play defensive tackle, which is the closest thing to a boiler room on the football field. A defensive tackle has two 300-pound men leaning on him every single play, and his job is to hold his ground at the very least.

Darby was a big part of the rebuilding of Seattle's defense. A player who was extremely popular with his teammates and who inaugurated the Seahawks' practice of small, white towels with a player's number on them. Nothing fancy. Something a junior-high team would do, but the rest of the defense loved it.

Now he's going to Detroit where the Lions want him to provide an example of the same kind of toughness he manifested in Seattle.

Darby will be missed in that locker room. He is in his 30s, coming off of an injured knee ligament that required surgery and there was a feeling he wore down the past couple of seasons. The Seahawks need to get bigger at defensive tackle. At least that's what coach Mike Holmgren indicated his belief was after the season. "Another big honker" were the exact words I believe.

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Posted by Keith C

1:08 PM, Mar 07, 2008

I'm gonna miss Holmgren...."another big honker." Hahahaha

Posted by Alex A

1:33 PM, Mar 07, 2008

LOL big honker... but ill mis darby he played well for us when he was healthy but mebane should be able to step up.

Posted by Ken Brown

1:43 PM, Mar 07, 2008

Darby was a class act, I liked him but I think he is past his prime, I wish him all the best in Detroit. Thankyou for all you did to make my team a force in the NFL.

Posted by Mike timmons

2:47 PM, Mar 07, 2008

Darby will be going to play for an already great Detroit D-line.

Remember the 3-0 game game in Detroit to open the 2006 season?

I do not know why Matt Millen always improves his best positions instead of improving his weakest ones.

Darby is definitely a gamer, and the Seahawks are a weak D-line. The attrition continues.

Posted by Jon

4:55 PM, Mar 07, 2008

What's up with DJ Hackett?

Posted by No. 12

5:03 PM, Mar 07, 2008

The 2006 season opener was 9-6 Seahawks, and Shaun Rogers was the terror that day, now in Cleveland.

Mebane will be good to go, he showed that his rookie debut. I think we need to jettison Tubbs and get somebody who can stay healthy and contribute as a DT.

Posted by lorlor

9:25 PM, Mar 07, 2008

I think this was a great move. Julius Jones could not gain traction with Dallas last year because of the rising prominence of Marion Barber. Jones runs hard, is very quick, catches the ball extremely well and a very strong runner. We will finally see 100 yd/games and won't have to struggle seeing Shaun flop at the line of scrimmage. I love Shaun, but lets face it he's done. Too many injuries have damaged his body and his psyche...

Posted by Diane Swift

3:39 PM, Mar 09, 2008

Darby will missed. He was great to watch play.
I believe he gave the game all heart.

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