New Orleans Saints: Analyzing the team’s debilitating pass-coverage woes
LB Demario Davis
As I mentioned previously, Davis earned an elite 88.3 coverage grade last season. Thus, his struggles this season must be regarded as a fluke, right? Unfortunately, his high-end production last season may be the outlier. Here are the 31-year-old’s coverage grades by season:
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Even if Davis is average in coverage, as his career numbers would indicate, his effectiveness in run defense and as a pass rusher (over 20 pressures in every season as a Saint) make him a valuable player.
At the same time, that’s a far cry from the Defensive Player of the Year award candidate he was last season. When the Saints signed him to a new three-year extension, I am guessing they did so hoping to secure him at a below-market rate before he was able to back up that outstanding season.
Now, it appears they may have moved too quickly. Given the way they have struggled to cover the middle-of-the-field this season, they sorely need Davis to meet the lofty expectations he had coming into the season.