The 2021 NFL All-Pro team was announced on Friday, and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa just missed out on a spot.
In our initial coverage, Heavy said Bosa only received five votes from AP voters to Las Vegas Raiders DE Maxx Crosby’s six. That was enough for Crosby to take the last All-Pro spot for defensive purposes.
However, Bosa produced 15.5 sacks to Crosby’s 8, 21 tackles for a loss to Crosby’s 13, and forced four fumbles while Crosby forced none, all by PFR numbers.
Although Bosa outscored Crosby in those stats, there’s still room for debate. And as far as Raiders and 49ers fans go, the matchups aren’t out of the norm, but they’ve become less frequent since the silver and black team moved from Oakland to Las Vegas and the “Battle for the Bay” was no longer a thing.
49ers and Raiders fans face off
One of the biggest sources of argument online was the @inheritedrunnrs post comparing the two players’ play from Week 7-15.
Raiders fan @jaxonvon made the case for Crosby although the numbers he uses for pressures and rushes are not from Crosby’s pro football reference page but rather Focus on professional football’ calculations.
A Niners fan countered by saying Crosby might have better forward stats, but the simple fact is Bosa has played more often.
“Bosa-15.5 returns Crosby-8 returns Bosa-21 TFL Crosby 13 TFL,” @pn_warner answered. “Crosby led Bosa in ‘almost games,’ Bosa actually made games, voting was a joke.”
Another San Francisco fan made a similar point, saying it seems players get as much credit for not being sacked as they are for being sacked.
“At the time, you weren’t credited with nearly getting fired,” @RobGotti415 tweeted. “Either you do it or you don’t.. now they reward people for almost getting a sack more than a person who actually had more sacks and tackles for the loss lol.”
A Raiders fan called this answer which is understandable. It’s important to get home on the QB, but it’s also vital to constantly cause pressure with or without sacks.
“Tell me you don’t know pressures affect qb without telling me”, @DavidPalma23 responded.
Then there are multiple users like @MicCrewDaGoose who just want this snub to motivate Bosa in the 49ers’ Wild Card round battle against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
“I get the fans to be pissed off but who gives a fuck ***,” the fan replied. “Let him feed him…. We have a f****** title to play for.
Kyle Shanahan talks about Bosa
During a media interview on Friday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about Bosa as part of the season’s awards. While he’s just happy to get some elite production from his young DE, he’s also in disbelief that Bosa isn’t in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation.
“I don’t think people appreciate how Bosa is play-in and play-out,” Shanahan said per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I’ve heard people talk about him for comeback player of the year, and every time they say that, I can’t believe he wasn’t mentioned in the defensive player of the year. year.”
Bosa tore his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season, missing the rest of the year and setting up a lengthy recovery. In his first season back, he erased his award-winning rookie numbers to finish fourth in the NFL in sacks.