San Francisco 49ers’ defensive end Nick Bosa was recently disrespected by Madden.
However, despite both notions seeming to be near-universal opinions, it appears as though the Madden developers don’t agree with the latter portion.
EA Sports recently began releasing some of the ratings for the upcoming Madden 21 video game by revealing the top-10 at a number of positions. The 49ers expectedly featured on a few of these lists, most notably cornerback where Richard Sherman was ranked No. 3 in the game.
However, one position that they were shockingly left off was at pass-rusher.
Now, it should be noted that the designation of a pass-rusher here was odd. They opted to include all players who classify as edge rushers (4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers) as well as interior rushers (4-3 defensive tackles and 3-4 defensive ends).
The list made for a confusing conglomeration of players like Aaron Donald, Myles Garrett, and Von Miller in a way that implied that they played the same position. Which they do not.
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Nonetheless, there was one notable name left off the list. That name was the aforementioned Nick Bosa. In fact, neither Bosa brother made the top-10 list which certainly drew some questions from NFL fans.
Nick Bosa certainly had the production to back up his hype last season.
Nick Bosa’s lack of inclusion is particularly confusing seeing as the 2019 first-rounder was voted Defensive Rookie of the Year and elected to a Pro Bowl in his first professional campaign.
Bosa finished with nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss, and 25 QB hits while adding four more sacks in the playoffs. And his analytics are even more impressive as his 89.8 Pro Football Focus grade was second among all pass-rushers in the NFL.
Only T.J. Watt — another shockingly-low rated player — ranked ahead of him during the regular season. Despite this, Bosa was excluded.
Perhaps the game was hesitant to give Bosa such a high rating after just one year of production. Or perhaps the designation of a variety of different positions as just “pass-rushers” hurt his chances of being included.
Either way, it seems like an incredible oversight on the part of Madden to disrespect him in the way that they did.
Here’s to hoping that another year of fantastic production will see Bosa climb up the Madden rating scale by the time next year’s game comes around.