Pagano Not Worried About Vontae Davis, Nor Should Anyone Be
Indianapolis Colts shutdown cornerback Vontae Davis has already allowed 2 more touchdowns than he gave up during all of last year’s regular season.
However, his head coach Chuck Pagano isn’t the least bit worried:
"“Yeah, I mean you play that position,” Pagano replied when asked if he was worried about Davis Wednesday. “You want to give it a run? It’s going to happen to everybody in the National Football League. He’ll be fine.”"
Nor should anyone be.
Don’t get me wrong, some numbers don’t exactly paint a sparkling picture of Davis’ play this season. According to ProFootballFocus (subscription), opposing quarterbacks are 8 for 15 (53.3%) in pass attempts for 103 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and an NFL Rating of 114.7 through 3 games targeting Davis.
However, others show that he’s still doing quite well.
Specifically, ProFootballFocus has given him a +3.1 grade overall on the season which is the 12th best among all cornerbacks. Not quite on the same level of the lockdown cornerback who dazzled last season, but still plenty impressive for a cornerback who’s supposedly been “struggling”.
To be fair to Davis too, one of his allowed touchdowns appeared to be a horrendous offensive pass interference no-call on Dorial Green-Beckham in last Sunday’s win:
Not sure how any cornerback is remotely supposed to play defense with an egregious shove like that.
Of course, Davis ultimately had the last laugh this past Sunday, when he swatted away Marcus Mariota‘s pivotal 3rd and 10 pass attempt intended for Harry Douglas with the Colts leading 28-27 and just 5:43 left in the 4th quarter:
Davis may be “struggling” for his incredibly high standards, but make no mistake about it, he’s still one of the best cornerbacks in all of football. Like every other elite cornerback from Darrelle Revis to Richard Sherman, he’ll occasionally get beat here and there. That is, once in a blue moon.
However, he easily remains one of the best in the business and a lockdown cornerback for the Colts. The only ones who should be worried are the opposing wide receivers he’s shadowing on Sundays.
Sep 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) celebrates after a stop during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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