Over the last five NFL seasons, no cornerback has allowed fewer yards per coverage snap than Chris Harris Jr. 🔒 pic.twitter.com/Pv2H0m0MGA
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 12, 2017
Pro Football Focus tweeted out the infographic above showcasing that Chris ‘MoFo” Harris Jr. has allowed the fewest yards per coverage snap from 2012-2016. All five guys mentioned are outstanding corners, but for Harris to come out on top is a tremendous achievement.
Let’s try to put that in perspective. The formula that they used is simply:
Yards allowed/coverage snaps.
Let’s say a corner on the first play of the game allowed a quarterback and receiver to connect for an 11-yard slant. First and 10, move the chains. It happens. For that corner, following that first catch, to reach the metric that Chris Harris Jr. has achieved for 79 games over 5 seasons, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, he would have to have 13 more coverage snaps without allowing a completion. That is if it’s a simple 11-yard slant. Imagine the # if the DB gave up a 66-yard bomb. He’d have to allow zero receptions over 84 coverage snaps to hit that .79 metric. (side note) The NFL record for pass attempts for a quarterback is 70 when Drew Bledsoe sprinkled the Vikings defense with that number back in 1994. So that task would work into another game.
What is worse, is when a QB and WR continue to go to the well. Catch after catch, play after play. Let’s go back to Denver & Kansas City in 2013. Eric Decker and Peyton Manning simply torched Chiefs corner, Marcus Cooper. (Decker’s state line: 8-174-4td) Cooper was pulled following that early 4th quarter TD pass to Decker. So, he was on the field for Manning’s first 30 pass attempts (aka coverage snaps). He was targeted 10 times and gave up 165 yards which means he gave 5.5 yards per coverage snap, and that was a bad game for a corner. It’s not clear where it stands on the worst games on a yards per coverage snaps basis, but it was nasty. To put Harris Jr’s dominance in perspective, Cooper would have had to play 4 full games at 40 coverage snaps each, so that he could hit that .79 metric late in game # 5. Oh, and he couldn’t allow a catch over those 4 games and change. Cooper is now on his 3rd team (Chicago), in 3 years.
The old adage is that hindsight is 20/20, but truth be told it’s often far better than “average” vision. The biggest risk that Broncos GM John Elway might have made during his tenure as GM could easily be when he gave Harris Jr. a 2nd round tender in 2014 prior to Harris signing his long-term extension. He was still becoming CMFHJ at that point, but that was a risk. Thankfully none of the 31 other teams signed him to an offer sheet. He might still be a Bronco today but that contract might not be structured the way that Elway and the front office preferred. At this point, the supreme MoFo Harris Jr. has made 3 NFL AP All-Pro teams (2016 1st team, 2014/2015 2nd team) and quite frankly that seems a little light. He sure has come a long way from being an undrafted rookie out of Kansas.
Being a part of the “No Fly Zone”, sorry Jacksonville, the only “No Fly Zones” located in a Jacksonville are the “NAS Jax and NS Mayport” or maybe “Camp Lejeune”, in Jacksonville, NC. Being a part of the “NFZ” is a contributing factor, lining up with that front seven creating pressure, hitting quarterbacks in the mouth and the other talented defensive backs can help make a player more productive, but when you stand out on one of the best defenses in football over the last few years, it means more than a piddly ALL AFC S(un-belt) nomination by some ESPN writer (who may no longer be an ESPN writer).
You can visit Chris Harris Jr.’s webpage/foundation to read about the programs where he and his wife, are championing the cause of underprivileged youth and other underdogs.