Nick Bosa a massive snub from 2021 All-Pro team

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

The 49ers saw two players become first-team All-Pros in 2021, but Nick Bosa wasn’t among them and suggests there’s a huge snub taking place.

If San Francisco 49ers EDGE Nick Bosa takes out his frustrations about not being named a 2021 Associated Press All-Pro on the Dallas Cowboys during the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs, perhaps the snub will be a good thing.

The Niners should feel pretty good about having two of their players from this season named first-team All-Pros, left tackle Trent Williams and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, both of whom received the honor for the first time in their respective careers.

And considering Williams, a perennial Pro Bowler and regularly listed as one of the best offensive linemen in the game on a year-to-year basis, is receiving his inaugural first-team selection, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Yet the 2021 first- and second-team All-Pros nevertheless left Bosa off the list. Instead, the edge rushers were as follows:

  • First-team EDGEs: T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
  • Second-team EDGEs: Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears; Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders

Bosa received only five first-team votes, six in total, while Crosby beat Bosa out with six first-team votes.

That’ll certainly fuel the debate of whether or not Bosa is better than Crosby in the overall-impact department, and Las Vegas fans will relish that.

Nick Bosa not being an All-Pro is a definite snub

After finishing the season with 15.5 sacks, Bosa also was in the top five of nearly every other pass-rushing category:

  • Sacks: 15.5 (fourth)
  • Quarterback hits: 32 (third)
  • Tackles for a loss: 21 (T-first)

Crosby finished in the top 10 of only one of those categories, quarterback hits, with 30 (sixth).

To quote our friends over at Niners Nation:

"If you remove quarterbacks, Bosa is one of the ten best players in the NFL. Bosa finished the season with 15.5 sacks and had 11 games where he had a sack. He was consistent and dominant all year. That’s the definition of an All-Pro.Bosa finished third in sacks and was among the league leaders in most pass-rushing stats. Was he left off the team due to recency bias of not having a sack in the past two games, especially in a primetime game against the Titans? That’s the only explanation I can imagine for leaving a player of his caliber off an All-Pro team."

It’s certainly worthwhile touting the jobs both Samuel and Williams did this season, and both of them are key reasons why San Francisco is back in the playoffs.

But for Bosa to not even wind up as a second-team All-Pro and to receive only five first-team votes?

That’s a joke.

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