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49ers and Raiders fans are at odds over Nick Bosa’s All-Pro team snub

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The 2021 NFL All-Pro team was announced Friday, and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa narrowly missed out on a spot.

In our initial coverage, Heavy broke that Bosa received just five votes from the AP voters versus six votes from Las Vegas Raiders DE Maxx Crosby. That was enough for Crosby to take the final defensive end All-Pro spot.

However, Bosa produced 15.5 sacks against Crosby’s 8, 21 tackles for the loss to Crosby’s 13, and forced four fumbles while Crosby forced none, all as per the PFR numbers.

While Bosa tops Crosby on these stats, there’s always room for debate. And when it comes to the Raiders’ and 49ers’ fanbases, clashes aren’t uncommon, but they’ve become less frequent since the silver-and-black team left Oakland for Las Vegas and the Battle for the Bay has ceased to matter.

One of the biggest sources of online disputes was @inheritedrunnrs’ post comparing the two players’ play from weeks 7 to 15.

One Raiders fan, @jaxonvon, made the case for Crosby, although the numbers he uses for pressure and haste aren’t from Crosby’s Pro Football Reference page Pro Soccer Focus’ calculations.

One Niners fan countered by saying that Crosby could have better advanced stats, but the simple fact of the matter is that Bosa was making actual plays more often.

“Bosa-15.5 bags Crosby-8 bags Bosa-21 TFL Crosby 13 TFL”, @pn_warner answered. “Crosby led Bosa in ‘almost plays’, Bosa actually made plays, voting was a joke.”

Another San Francisco fan brought up a similar point, saying that it seems players are given as much credit for not getting a sack as for getting a sack.

“You used to not get credit for almost getting a sack.” @RobGotti415 tweeted. “Either you do or you don’t… now they reward people for getting almost a sack more than a person who actually had more sacks and tackles for losses lol.”

A Raiders fan shouted this response, which is understandable. Coming home on the QB is important, but it’s also important to consistently press with or without sacks.

“Tell me you don’t know that pressure affects the QB without telling me.” @DavidPalma23 answered.

Then there are several users like @MicCrewDaGoose who just want that snub to motivate Bosa in Saturday’s 49ers wild card round-robin vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

“I understand the fans are mad but who gives a shit,” replied the fan. “Let it fuel him…. We’ve got a damn title to play for.”

Speaking to the media on Friday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about Bosa in connection with the season’s awards. While he’s delighted at his young DE’s top performance, he’s also incredulous that Bosa isn’t in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.

“I don’t think people appreciate how good Bosa is play-in and play-out,” Shanahan said per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I’ve heard people talk about him as comeback player of the year and every time they say that, I can’t believe he wasn’t mentioned as defensive player of the year.”

Bosa tore his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season, missing the rest of the year and setting up a long recovery. In his freshman season, he picked up his award-winning rookie numbers and finished fourth in the NFL in sacks.

Speaking to the media on Friday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about Bosa in connection with the season’s awards. While he’s delighted at his young DE’s top performance, he’s also incredulous that Bosa isn’t in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.



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