Former Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is one of the greatest left tackles to ever play in the NFL. One could even argue that he was one of the best players, period. Putting him in the same group of guys like Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, and Walter Jones. So with that in mind, while being an expert authority on offensive line play, you can also bet that Thomas, after playing over 10,000-straight snaps in his career, probably has a pretty good eye for pass-rushers and what separates the good from the elite.
Recently, Thomas wrote up a top-10 pass rushers list for NFL.com, and it’s quite insightful. I love when former players get into the journalism scene because they’re able to provide a unique viewpoint that can only be obtained from spending time between the lines on Sundays.
As we all would come to expect, the Chargers’ Joey Bosa was included on his list at #6. The only players ranked above him are (in descending order): Cameron Jordan, Myles Garrett, T.J. Watt, Shaquil Barrett, and Chandler Jones.
Here’s what Thomas had to say about the Big Bear:
“Bosa is probably the most polished pass rusher in the NFL right now. Nobody can combine a wide variety of moves with the ability to finish like Bosa. Combine that with a high-revving motor and an impressive ability to bend to get up, under and around blockers, and Bosa should be a player every offensive coordinator fears. Last season, he accounted for more than a third of the Chargers’ sacks, with 11.5 (tied for ninth-most in NFL) and added career highs in QB hits (31, fifth in NFL) and tackles for loss (18, third in NFL).”
Bosa’s 11.5 sacks were just one shy of his career-high back in 2017. His 18 tackles-for-loss were a career-best and his 67 total tackles were also the second-most through his four-year career. If he’s able to touch those numbers while getting almost zero help from designed blitzes and pressure packages (they sent five or more rushers at the highest rate) then I can only imagine what he can achieve if Gus Bradley starts sending more this coming season.
For the third time in four weeks, Joey Bosa is the #Chargers highest graded defensive player. 5 pressures, including a sack, helped produce an elite pass rushing grade of 90.6. Through four weeks, Bosa is top 4 among DE in defensive grade, tackling grade, and pass rushing grade. pic.twitter.com/eUTXb9GrjT— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) September 30, 2019