It’s that awkward time in the NFL schedule. It’s raining superlatives on the 49ers, who, in case you haven’t been keeping up, are poised to play the most important game(s) of their season.
And for most of the team, of their lives.
How to reconcile the task at hand with waves of recognition that could make a guy’s helmet a mite snug?
Here are three 49ers who face that potential diversion, all courtesy of Pro Football Focus.
1. Nick Bosa, PFF Defensive Rookie of the Year
— PFF (@PFF) January 3, 2020
If you were to sit down with a bag of Funions and Bosa PFF platitudes, you could make a day of it.
Some highlights, via PFF’s Cam Mellor: “Bosa’s raw stats saw him finish with 80 total pressures during the regular season, 14 more than any other edge defender has ever accumulated as a rookie.”
Want more? “Rounding out his incredible year was his ability to simply do it all from the edge for the 49ers. He became just the fourth rookie edge defender to finish his rookie season with overall, pass-rush and run-defense grades above 75.0 for a full season. He joined Khalil Mack, Von Miller, and Joey Bosa on that list, once again placing him in elite company for future projection.
Not sure about all the football metrics-speak, but if they lead Bosa to Mack, Miller and his brother, the kid’s doing something very right.
2. George Kittle, PFF’s top tight end
George Kittle finished the season with an overall grade of 95.0. #49ers
— PFF SF 49ers (@PFF_49ers) December 30, 2019
Not only did PFF rate Kittle the best tight end in 2019, he registered the highest single-season grade in the PFF era (since 2006). And not only that, PFF argues that Kittle might have been the best player at any position on any team this season. Can you smell it?
3. Richard Sherman.
Richard Sherman has been the NFL’s best CB this decade pic.twitter.com/1JoJmuPeOO
— PFF (@PFF) December 31, 2019
Sherman, two years removed from a devastating Achilles injury, was graded as the NFL’s best cornerback over the past decade, ahead of Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward.
From PFF’s Sam Monson: “The former Seattle standout has been back to something like his best in 2019 for the San Francisco 49ers, and he has had a huge impact on a defense that has taken important strides this year. Sherman is an excellent cornerback and one of the best-graded in football right now — he’s also the best corner of the past decade.”
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