Bosa named top rookie on D
Raiders running back Jacobs loses offensive honors to Cardinals’ Murray
The honors keep rolling in for 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, who was named the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year Saturday night in a vote by a panel of media throughout the country.
Josh Jacobs, the Raiders rookie running back, lost out to Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Bosa, the second overall pick of the 2019 draft out of Ohio State, had nine sacks in 16 regular-season games with 14 starts. He was credited with 47 tackles, a forced fumble, had an interception and recovered two fumbles.
At the NFL Honors night, Bosa’s father John accepted the award on behalf of his son.
“Obviously a proud dad. Nick wanted me to thank the entire York family, John Lynch and the front office, amazing coaches and most important his wonderful teammates. Go Niners,” John Bosa said.
Already named the overall rookie of the year as well as the defensive rookie of the year by the Pro Football Writers Association, Bosa was a key figure on a 49ers defense that will take on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Jacobs, who was also the PFWA offensive rookie of the year, set a
franchise rookie rushing record with 1,150 yards and a 4.8 yards per carry average in 13 games.
A first-round pick out of Alabama selected with the No. 24 selection which came as part of the Khalil mack deal, Jacobs had four games of more than 100 yards rushing and after Week 7 played with a shoulder injury that he said was a fracture.
Jacobs, with 88.5 yards rushing per game, trailed only Tennessee’s Derrick Henry and the Browns’ Nick Chubb in per game average.
The missed games apparently hurt with the A.P. voters, however. Murray, the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma by Arizona, played all 16 games and passed for 3,722 yards. Murray completed 64.4 percent of his passes, threw 20 touchdown passes with 12 interceptions, and also had 544 yards rushing.
The 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, presumably in the running for A.P. NFL Coach of the Year, was beaten out by Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, whose Ravens were 14-2 in the regular season and beat the 49ers.
As he entered the NFL Honors gala, Harbaugh told reporters he thought Shanahan deserved the award.
“Kyle should get it. He deserves it,” Harbaugh said. “He’s in the Super Bowl. He’s done an amazing job there. He’s a great coach. “I’ve known him a long time interviewed him few years back”
Voting for NFL awards conclude at the end of the regular season.
49ERS' JOHN LYNCH DENIED IN BID FOR PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME >> John Lynch was denied again Saturday night in an eighth bid for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The 49ers general manager, who has made the final 15 for each of the last seven years, confirmed on Twitter he was not elected.
Inductees will be enshrined Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.
Also missing the cut among the finalists was former 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young, who is in his eighth year of eligibility.
Any disappointment Lynch is feeling can be soothed Sunday with his second Super Bowl ring — and first as an executive — as the 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami in Super Bowl LIV.
Lynch was a safety on the 2002 Tampa Bay team coached by Jon Gruden which beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego.
Lynch, who went to Stanford as a quarterback before being switched to safety by coach Bill Walsh, was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. He was twice named a first-team AllPro and finished his career with 26 career interceptions to go along with 16 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.
The Hall of Fame news comes in the city where Lynch was a second-round draft pick by the expansion Florida Marlins in 1992. Playing minor league baseball in the Marlins organization, Lynch threw the first pitch in the history of the franchise as a starting pitcher for the Erie (Pa.) Sailors.
The 49ers’ Nick Bosa (97) celebrates after making a play during the NFC Championship against the Packers at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 19.
The Raiders’ Josh Jacobs (28) breaks a tackle by the Bengals’ Jessie Bates III (30) in the fourth quarter of their game at the Coliseum in Oakland on Nov. 17.