SANTA CLARA – Rookie defensive conclusion Nick Bosa earned an award that he cherished for his dominating general performance Monday night time in the 49ers’ 31-3 victory around the Cleveland Browns.
No, not the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He been given that, as well.
“I could not care fewer,” Bosa reported of the league-broad award. “I”m just striving to keep playing, retain winning.”
But on an higher shelf at Bosa’s locker, he achieved up to present off gold-plated brass knuckles and an accompanying placard signed by each of the 49ers’ other defensive linemen.
The team’s defensive line mentor, Kris Kocurek, offered Bosa with the award for best representing the theme of the week. Bosa emerged as the winner of the Brass Knuckles Road Combat honor. That was the mentality Kocurek required to develop in his linemen versus the Browns. The concept improvements every week.
Bosa registered two sacks and compelled an intentional grounding penalty of Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, even though also forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble on Monday night time at Levi’s Stadium.
Bosa emphasised he employed revenge as a motivating factor from his university times at Ohio State, when Mayfield went to the Buckeyes’ house subject and planted an Oklahoma University flag on the industry immediately after top the Sooners to the victory.
“It was a serious point,” Bosa explained. “We wanted some revenge there. All the older fellas hit me up and said great job.”
Bosa claimed a ton of his Ohio Point out teammates, which includes New Orleans defensive back again Marshon Lattimore, and defensive linemen Tyquan Lewis (Indianapolis), Jalyn Holmes (Minnesota) and Tracy Sprinkle arrived at out to congratulate him for his have flag-planting gesture.
Bosa has definitely not eased into his very first quarter-time in the NFL following arriving as the No. 2 in general decide on. Bosa and DeForest Buckner are tied for the staff direct with three sacks. But Bosa reported he does not think opponents will be equipped to dedicate any a lot more means towards blocking him for the reason that of the 49ers’ other defensive linemen.
“That just cannot actually very last too prolonged for the reason that we have three other men who can acquire 1-on-just one and get to the quarterback,” Bosa reported. “So if they want to chip me and slide to me, that’ll totally free up Arik (Armstead) just one-on-1 with a guard, and I’ll just take that each and every day.”
Bosa will be matched up primarily towards a player on the other end of his profession. Rams remaining tackle Andrew Whitworth in June announced he opted in opposition to retirement to return for his 14th NFL year.
“He’s a savvy vet. . . . Some of the nuances he uses are equivalent to Joe,” Bosa explained. “He’s smart. He appreciates how to hold you up for that little added second when the quarterback wants it. It is the modest factors he does that I need to have to adapt to.”
Bosa mentioned he will enter the activity with the exact same frame of mind. He explained he would like to assert his physicality and aggressiveness from the first snap of the game.
“It opens up my fastballs that I throw later in the game, so I feel my solution is the identical but there are a few moves that you perform on throughout the 7 days where by you see a weak point and you test to exploit it,” he claimed.
A person detail Bosa will be lacking this 7 days is the additional commitment from a private grudge against Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
“I’ll be fantastic,” Bosa reported.
Bosa was questioned if Goff has performed everything to anger him.
“Not but,” Bosa replied.