No. 3: Nick Bosa leads SF 49ers with double-digit sacks
Even though Nick Bosa was a sheer force on the field last season, he still didn’t wind up leading the team in sack production.
That honor, actually, went to veteran defensive end Arik Armstead who boasted 10.
But one could make the argument Bosa was much more effective a pass-rusher than Armstead. Case in point, Pro Football Focus gave Bosa a pass-rush productivity grade of 9.6 — highest on San Francisco’s defense — whereas Armstead’s was at 6.5. One of the issues, at least early on to an extent, was Bosa just missing out on finishing plays. And there was a stretch during the second half where Bosa recorded just one sack between Weeks 13 and 17 before he ramped up again during the playoffs.
To be counted among the league’s greats, however, Bosa should set an achievable goal in total sacks, getting beyond that double-digit mark and reminding everyone within the SF 49ers’ organization why he was worth the No. 2 overall pick back in 2019.