Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Bosa
Bosa played in all 16 games for the Chargers this season and put up solid numbers despite constantly drawing extra attention from the opposition.
Bosa had 11.5 sacks on the season, maintaining his spot as one of the league’s best pass rushers. He also had 67 total tackles and a fumble recovery, but the stat that really jumps off the page is the 20 tackles for loss he had, which were among the most in the league.
Other strong defensive efforts were turned in by Melvin Ingram, who had seven sacks, Thomas Davis who led the team with 112 tackles and Casey Hayward who has firmly established himself as one of the league’s best corners.
It’s safe to say that Derwin James would have been part of that list too had he not missed almost the entire season.
But Bosa was the best of the bunch and there really is no argument to that. In four seasons, Bosa has posted 40 sacks in just 51 career games played. So long as he stays healthy, he will be one of the top pass-rushing threats in the league.
And he has the ability to be the best defensive player in Chargers history, which is saying a lot.