ProFootballFocus (PFF) released their 2014 All-Pro team, and one Indianapolis Colts’ player finally received his well-earned All-Pro due. The Colts’ Vontae Davis was on the PFF 1st-team along with Denver Broncos’ cornerback Chris Harris and the New England Patriots’ Darrelle Revis. Regarding Davis, PFF noted:
"“Harris is our guy for that role in the first team but he’s in for more than just that with a season for the ages that is worth a lot more credit than it got. Our top-ranked cornerback allowed no touchdowns, much like Vontae Davis who himself had a career year.”"
Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) breaks up a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Davis had a career season indeed.
According to PFF, he had the lowest opposing quarterback rating in the NFL when targeted of 38.8. Additionally, he had the 2nd lowest completion percentage when targeted of 43.7 and as noted, he surrendered 0 touchdowns on the season in coverage. He was PFF’s 2nd rated cornerback overall behind Harris.
While Davis was snubbed as an NFL 1st-team All-Pro, as Revis and the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman took those honors, the numbers simply don’t lie. Davis was arguably the best cornerback in the NFL this season. He may not have some of the fan recognition as some of his big name cornerback counterparts, but his play this season simply speaks for itself.
The ProFootballFocus All-Pro 2nd-team’s cornerbacks consisted of Richard Sherman, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Sean Smith, and Dallas Cowboys Orlando Scandrick. All of whom have played at a high level all season.
It’s worth noting that the Colts’ Mike Adams received a PFF honorable mention at safety. Adams ws PFF’s 7th rated safety overall, and at age 33, he had perhaps his best season in the NFL. Not only was Adams a turnover-forcing machine with 5 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles, but he played really well against the pass too with a 2nd safety best +11.6 grade in coverage per PFF.
Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs against Indianapolis Colts strong safety Mike Adams (29) in the first quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports