controversial football ranking system is back and is showcasing the 2015 NFL regular season Pro Football Focus' All-Pro Team. Khaled Elsayed reveals the complete roster based on PFF's ranking system, which has been widely scrutinized by many for how accurately it portrays a player's "rating", which is broken down by every single play. PFF is thorough if nothing else, and many fans and analysts view the PFF grading scale as one of many tools to accurately view a player's performance.
As far as the ratings go, Carson Palmer led the way as the All-Pro Quarterback, along with running back Doug Martin and receivers Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Larry Fitzgerald. On defense, names like Watt, Keuchly, Mack, Peterson and Sherman all earned themselves top marks. And despite Miami's poor year, they performed about as well as any team on this list, with a handful of selections.
Jarvis Landry - Wide Receiver (Slot) : Honorable Mention
Jarvis Landry earned an honorable mention for PFF's third ranked slot receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Doug Baldwin. All three guys had career years. This would not be Landry's last mention in the PFF All-Pro Team though...
Jarvis Landry - Punt Returner : First Team
Landry beat out the Seahawks Tyler Lockett to earn the top punt returner title in 2015 by PFF.
Ndamukong Suh - Defensive End (3-5 Tech) : Second Team
Suh quietly had another fantastic year, but I don't think anyone can truly complain with Suh's second place finish, considering J.J. Watt was handed first team honors.
Olivier Vernon - Edge Rusher : First Team
It may come to a shock to many but Vernon's roller coaster of a season was actually graded extremely well by PFF, as he and Khalil Mack shared 'First Team' honors for outside edge rusher. Considering PFF does not probably factor for personal foul penalties, Vernon absolutely showed he can be a force to reckon with on the field. Here's what they had to say:
Where did that year come from? Vernon has largely been something of an afterthought to the excellent Cameron Wake, but when Wake went down, boy, did Vernon step up. His second half of the year was the kind of pace that would have seen him in Defensive Player of the Year consideration if he had kept it up, as he mauled tackles with a relentlessness they won’t forget in a hurry.
Reshad Jones - Strong Safety: Honorable Mention
Although Miami fans should be thrilled they have a top 3 safety in Jones, am I the only one a bit peeved he didn't end up higher? A tackling machine as well as a ball hawk, Jones had one of the best years statistically a safety could have, but still finished behind Malcolm Jenkins and Eric Berry in PFF's rankings.
Michael Thomas - Special Teamer: First Team
Another pleasant surprise should be how Miami had the top graded special teams player, in safety Michael Thomas. He filled in for Walt Aikens at free safety and had an up and down season on defense, however he performed very admirably on special teams and seems to be an overall well liked and respected member of the team. PFF put him above Arizona's Justin Bethel and had this to say about Thomas' 2015 campaign:
It almost feels like heresy to say that Bethel isn’t first team, but that’s how good the Dolphins’ Thomas has been.
So despite the Dolphins forgettable season it's at least encouraging to see that some key components have performed well and still are part of this roster (for now). Hopefully, once we 'right the ship' in Miami we can get some good leadership to have these performances start translating into more wins.
For the complete 2015 PFF All-Pro Team click here.