The Colts’ season, and the Chuck Pagano era as a whole, came to an end on Sunday with a 22-13 victory over the Texans. The win was a positive, but it only lifted the Colts to an abysmal 4-12 record to finish the year. There were many disappointing aspects of this season as the Colts were terrible on both sides of the ball. For this award, I have decided to give an “award” to one offensive and one defensive player because Donte Moncrief and Vontae Davis were equally disappointing.
Most Disappointing Offensive Player: Donte Moncrief
Every offseason, Donte Moncrief is talked about as the player who is destined to breakout in the upcoming season.
The former red zone monster has accounted for touchdowns in years past but never many yards, and this year he did not have a good output in either category. He was a great college player, but four seasons into his career it seems unlikely that Donte Moncrief will ever reach his potential.
He finished the season with 26 receptions for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 games. The Colts still have not found themselves a solid number two receiver to play opposite of T.Y. Hilton, and that should be on the long checklist of team needs for general manager Chris Ballard to address this offseason.
Donte Moncrief will hit the open market this March, and if you asked me to guess, I would predict that he has already played his final game for the Colts.
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Most Disappointing Defensive Player: Vontae Davis
It was just three years ago that Vontae Davis was considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the league.
Colts fans will always remember his great streak of not allowing a single touchdown pass for over a full season. Those days have passed, and unfortunately, injuries have derailed Davis’ career.
Vontae Davis was injured to begin the season after looking really strong in training camp. He did return, but he never got back to being the Vontae Davis we expect.
Vontae Davis was eventually benched for Pierre Desir and then released by the team before he underwent season-ending surgery. Davis was expected to be a Pro Bowl caliber corner this season, but ended up not even being good enough to remain on the roster for the entire season.
The Colts had many lowlights this season, but there’s hope for the future. The Chuck Pagano era has come to an end and a new coach will be hired soon. Few players lived up to expectations this season, but the two biggest disappointments of all were Donte Moncrief and Vontae Davis.