I actually found this misleading.
Vontae Davis is credited by the NFL with 51 tackles, 47 of them solo. He's 32nd in the NFL for CBs
in missed tackles (meaning the higher the number, the better). He had 11 PDs.
Sean Smith is credited with 39 tackles, 32 of them solo. He's 13th in the NFL for CBs
with missed tackles.
He had 12 PDs.http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?season=2009&archive=false&seasonType=REG&statisticPositionCategory=DEFENSIVE_BACK&qualified=true&Submit=Go&conference=null&tabSeq=1&d-447263-p=3&experience=null
The names of the guys around 13th? Nnamdi Asomugha (tied with Mr. Smith for 13th) and Charles Woodson (tied with Mr. Smith for 13th). Assante Samuel is #1 in CBs (meaning baaaad), with 19 missed tackles. Here is another useful site.http://www.profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=CB&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=-1&numsnaps=25&numgames=1
The fact remains, we started two rookies for most of the year (One rookie for the entire year). Smith allowed opposing QBs under 60% completion (QBs getting 60% are having a decent day) for the season (56.7, Woodson gave up 51, Champ Baily 53.3). He hasn't logged picks yet, but he obviously can compete. I've seen him fight for the ball, and I've seen him blanket people. If he's not the most aggressive hitter in the league, I'll live with it.
Davis did give up 63.3%, but 4 Ints and a TD shows a nose for plays, and he is a first-year player competing on what must be the loneliest island in sports. Against his biggest challenge, literally and figuratively, Randy Moss, he did give up a score in a loss, but got a pick against a WR who simply grabs the ball away from lesser mortals. In the rematch, Moss again got a TD, but Vontae got a pick as well in a win. In the second contest he held Moss under 100 yards. A rookie
. In man coverage
For two rooks to go to a system in which they're going to see a lot of 1-1 matchups and do as well as they did, I was impressed. They both played kind of like I thought Jason Allen would play but has only flashed a few games at a time. My gosh, if that kid ever figures it out and plays what he occasionally glitters, I wouldn't feel bad at all with him at CB or FS, and Sean Smith at CB or FS. Davis is a CB, and a potential very good one.