Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa was named defensive player of the year for rookies at the NFL Honors Awards Ceremony held prior to the Super Bowl. Bosa won the award for his 2016 regular season performance, generating 10.5 sacks in just 12 games played.
Missing the first four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury, Bosa dominated when he finally took to the field. He compiled an impressive 59 quarterback pressures according to Pro Football Focus and finished the season with 41 total tackles.
The No. 3 pick of the Chargers in last year’s draft Bosa hit the field running in his debut. Against an impressive offensive line for the Oakland Raiders he earned two sacks in his very first NFL game. Bosa earned two sacks on two other occasions against Atlanta and Carolina. He registered at least a one-half sack in eight of the 12 games he played, including the final six in a row.
Not only will Bosa be changing locations with the team to Los Angeles, but also gone is former defensive coordinator John Pagano. Pagano had spent five seasons with the organization employing his 3-4 style of defense.
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New Chargers’ head coach Anthony Lynn and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who prefers a 4-3 defensive style, are inheriting a playmaker with a keen ability to disrupt opposing offenses. After back to back seasons of finishing last among a competitive AFC West division, the Chargers could be on the rise in their new Los Angeles setting if Bosa continues his award winning style of play.