While his college teammate Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott may have gotten most of the attention in Dallas, Joey Bosa also had a remarkable rookie season playing for the San Diego Chargers. Bosa was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the PFWA after registering 10.5 sacks in just 12 games.
Here is the full list of 2016 individual and All-Rookie team honors as selected by the PFWA: pic.twitter.com/N7vZTtHCBe
— Pro Football Writers (@PFWAwriters) January 17, 2017
Bosa’s advanced stats were off the charts and his fellow pros took notice too. Joe Thomas, one of the best left tackles of his generation, said Bosa was the most polished pass rusher he had ever seen as a rookie. Bosa has even enjoyed some pop culture status as he and Philip Rivers were invited onto Jimmy Kimmel to get sworn in as Los Angeles residents after the franchise moved from San Diego.
Bosa’s relationship with the Chargers didn’t start out all that great as a lengthy contract dispute delayed the start to his 2016 season. In an age of draft slotting where those things aren’t supposed to happen, somehow the Chargers didn’t get Bosa on the field until the beginning of October. Maybe that explains the whole LA logo debacle as well.
But even before the contract dispute Bosa had his doubters, even though Pro Football Focus had him rated as one of their top college prospects. Perhaps it was being surrounded by so much talent, perhaps the all-too-convenient comparisons to J.J. Watt, perhaps the fact that other highly touted defensive ends have failed to produce the same stats at the next level.
Bosa had his doubters before the draft and when San Diego selected him at #3 overall. He was dismissed as “just a motor guy” a “mistake” and a candidate to be a “major bust.”
I'm really not seeing the hype that is surround with Joey Bosa.
I'm seeing more and more reports that are confirming my earlier beliefs that Bosa isn't displaying #NFL greatness as he did in college.
— AJ Atkinson (@AJ_Atkinson) February 29, 2016
I feel like Bosa is going to be a mega bust, but I'm not a college film guy.
— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) April 29, 2016
What the hell, Chargers? Bosa is a 4-3 end, not a 3-4 EDGE. This type of stuff doesn't work See Bjoern Werner.
— Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) April 29, 2016
First big mistake of the draft, Joey Bosa goes 3rd to Chargers
— Larry Beil (@LarryBeilABC7) April 29, 2016
3 days later still can't believe SD took Bosa @ 3. Will he ever keep OCs/QBs up at night like Mack/Von/Houston? I just don't see it
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) April 30, 2016
When the Chargers took the rare step of taking their contract dispute with Bosa public in August, it looked like we might never see the former Ohio State star play for the team. That led to another round of classic cold takes.
.@cannonhartman: "TRADE. JOEY. BOSA. NOW!" @XTRA1360
— Judson Richards (@Judson1360) August 8, 2016
This is something else. Bosa's career is practically over before it begins. He's not 'bout that football life. https://t.co/825z3qmHhc
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) August 24, 2016
No idea why the Chargers drafted Joey Bosa in the first place. He's going to be a bust.
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 24, 2016
Me? Ohhhh just enjoying my M&Ms watching Bosa be a bust before he even touches the field. But how’s YOUR day going?
— Patrik Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) August 24, 2016
Looks solid to me @WillieMcGinest #Chargers pic.twitter.com/LgPh8Cf2f6
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) December 24, 2016
To note, McGinest still stands by his assessment..
@OldTakesExposed don't change what I said and and feel u can bank on that after half a season talk to me in 3 to 5 yrs
— Willie McGinest (@WillieMcGinest) December 24, 2016
Of course, Bosa and the Chargers finally did come to an agreement and it looks like he’s going to have a very long and successful NFL career ahead of him.
Bosa’s message to the doubters and all the people who wanted him gone from the Chargers before he even took the field this year was a simple one…
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