There is no question that defensive end Nick Bosa will win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Some wonder if the game-changing pass rusher should be included in his NFL MVP debate. Teammates like tight end George Kittle have pushed it.

“I mean, he’s better than everyone else,” Kittle told reporters recently. “He’s a better athlete. He’s stronger, he’s faster, he’s so smart. is very creative.He is very good at letting offensive linemen’s hands.His effort is always there.When bossa gets a sack it’s like setting the whole team on fire I have.”

Kittle said, “And if you look at what he does every day, [game] Compared to everyone else in the league, offensively and defensively, I don’t know why [he’s] Not even in MVP conversations. ”

The last defensive player to be named NFL MVP was Lawrence Taylor in 1986. The last non-quarterback to earn the honor was Adrian Peterson in 2012.

Will 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan defend the 25-year-old pass rusher?

“I definitely would,” Shanahan replied. [competing] With quarterbacks because of how big a deal quarterbacks are to teams and leagues and how great some of them are. So they usually get it, but the other position that is very influential is the pass rusher.

“Think of someone like Lawrence Taylor, and it would make sense for someone like him to win. I think it makes sense.Looking at Nick, I think, he’s in exactly the league of the two I just mentioned, and I think he’s going through that type of year.”

Botha are leading the league with 17.5 sacks and could surpass the one-season franchise record set by Aldon Smith in 2012.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a front-runner for MVP.

“It depends on how the vote goes,” Mr. Shanahan continued. “Quarterback situations always amaze me, but they’re never unjustified. He’s a very good player, and they get like that sometimes.”