SANTA CLARA – Rookie defensive stop Nick Bosa acquired an award that he cherished for his dominating functionality Monday night in the 49ers’ 31-3 victory in excess of the Cleveland Browns.
No, not the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He acquired that, way too.
“I couldn’t treatment much less,” Bosa mentioned of the league-broad award. “I”m just making an attempt to continue to keep playing, hold profitable.”
But on an upper shelf at Bosa’s locker, he attained up to present off gold-plated brass knuckles and an accompanying placard signed by each and every of the 49ers’ other defensive linemen.
The team’s defensive line coach, Kris Kocurek, presented Bosa with the award for ideal representing the theme of the week. Bosa emerged as the winner of the Brass Knuckles Road Combat honor. That was the way of thinking Kocurek preferred to produce in his linemen against the Browns. The concept improvements each and every week.
Bosa registered two sacks and forced an intentional grounding penalty of Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, although also forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble on Monday night time at Levi’s Stadium.
Bosa emphasised he made use of revenge as a motivating factor from his college times at Ohio State, when Mayfield went to the Buckeyes’ property subject and planted an Oklahoma University flag on the area just after leading the Sooners to the victory.
“It was a true detail,” Bosa said. “We needed some revenge there. All the older guys strike me up and mentioned fantastic work.”
Bosa stated a lot of his Ohio Condition teammates, which include New Orleans defensive again Marshon Lattimore, and defensive linemen Tyquan Lewis (Indianapolis), Jalyn Holmes (Minnesota) and Tracy Sprinkle achieved out to congratulate him for his have flag-planting gesture.
Bosa has certainly not eased into his initial quarter-time in the NFL immediately after arriving as the No. 2 overall decide on. Bosa and DeForest Buckner are tied for the workforce guide with three sacks. But Bosa mentioned he does not feel opponents will be in a position to dedicate any a lot more resources toward blocking him due to the fact of the 49ers’ other defensive linemen.
“That cannot truly very last much too very long since we have three other fellas who can earn just one-on-just one and get to the quarterback,” Bosa mentioned. “So if they want to chip me and slide to me, that’ll free of charge up Arik (Armstead) just one-on-one particular with a guard, and I’ll acquire that every single day.”
Bosa will be matched up generally in opposition to a player on the other conclude of his job. Rams remaining tackle Andrew Whitworth in June announced he opted against retirement to return for his 14th NFL period.
“He’s a savvy vet. . . . Some of the nuances he uses are equivalent to Joe,” Bosa said. “He’s wise. He is aware how to keep you up for that small added second when the quarterback demands it. It’s the smaller issues he does that I need to adapt to.”
Bosa stated he will enter the video game with the exact way of thinking. He mentioned he needs to assert his physicality and aggressiveness from the first snap of the sport.
“It opens up my fastballs that I throw later on in the video game, so I assume my approach is the similar but there are a pair moves that you work on all through the 7 days in which you see a weakness and you try to exploit it,” he said.
A person point Bosa will be lacking this week is the added drive from a own grudge towards Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
“I’ll be great,” Bosa stated.
Bosa was asked if Goff has performed just about anything to anger him.
“Not nevertheless,” Bosa replied.