After a monster of a debut season, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa has just been doubly honored: It was announced Tuesday that Bosa was named both the Defensive Rookie of the Year and the overall NFL Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Bosa had an excellent playoff debut in the Divisional round against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday. He had two sacks, two tackles-for-loss, six tackles and three quarterback hits, and it felt as though he was constantly pestering quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Bosa was the fifth 49ers player to win Defensive Rookie fo the year, along with Bruce Taylor (1970), defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield (1993), linebacker Patrick Willis (2007) and edge rusher Aldon Smith (2011). He was the first ever Niners defender to win the overall Rookie of the Year award.
Bosa Had Monster Debut Season With 49ers
Bosa has been an absolute game-wrecker this season. He had nine sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, 16 tackles-for-loss and 47 tackles. He also had 28 quarterback hits. He started 14 games this season, and played in all 16.
Veteran 49ers tackle Joe Staley says the team has come to expect greatness from Bosa. “At first, it was kind of shocking about how quickly he adapted to the NFL and was able to make a lot of talented tackles look silly, myself included,” Staley said. “But, now, it’s just what he is, and it’s expected. It’s who he’s been his whole life. I don’t think it’s turned up for a playoff game, it’s just what he does. He goes out there and dominates, so I expect him to do the same next week.”
The 49ers chose Bosa second-overall in the 2019 NFL draft, and he has been paying dividends ever since. 49ers general manager John Lynch has been high on Bosa from the beginning. “Nick has a tremendous first step. He gains a ton of ground. It’s incredibly quick. But, I think a mix of speed and power, and then he’s an absolute technician with his hands. Bosa also made the Pro Bowl in his debut season,” Lynch said after drafting Bosa this spring.
“He’s not only incredibly talented, powerful, fast, but he’s very efficient in the way he plays, and you put that together and you think you have a pretty special package,” Lynch also noted at the time.
Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was named as the PFWA’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.