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Bryant Young believes Nick Bosa can break his 49ers franchise sack record

Bryant Young believes Nick Bosa can break his 49ers franchise sack record

Bryant Young stands alone in the 49ers' record books, and his name might never be eclipsed when it comes to the franchise's all-time sack record.

Through 14 seasons with the 49ers, Young tallied an incredible 89.5 sacks, a number that might never be broken. Charles Haley is next on the list at 66.5. No current 49er is even in the same zip code as Young, with Arik Armstead trailing the mark by 70.5 sacks.

Young, who will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame this season, thought Aldon Smith, who notched 44 sacks in his first four seasons with the 49ers, had a chance before off-field issues derailed his career. Young does see one player on the current roster who might have a chance to break his mark, though.

“Aldon, unfortunately, he didn’t finish his career with the 49ers, but he was a guy heading that way (to atop the sack list),” Young said in a conference call with reporters, via Cam Inman of The Mercury News. “Now there are guys like Nick Bosa and a couple others that have the ability.”

Bosa was a monster during his rookie season with the 49ers. He recorded nine sacks and 25 quarterback hits last season, finishing with 45 pressures and 24 hurries. He has a deep arsenal of pass rush moves and only is made better by the 49ers' glut of talent on the defensive line. Should Bosa stay healthy and play a long career with the 49ers, there's certainly a chance he knocks Young from the top spot one day.

If Bosa were to average nine sacks a year, he would break Young's record in 2029, assuming he stays healthy and still is terrorizing quarterbacks in Santa Clara.

It wouldn't surprise Young is someone eventually broke his record, as unlikely as that might seem.

"In this day and age, anybody is capable of passing and breaking records," Young said. "They're there as a benchmark to achieve more. Definitely there are guys with potential to succeed that. We'll just sit back, eat our popcorn and see what happens."

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Young's calling card with the 49ers was his strength, he got the 49ers to procure 200-pound dumbbells for their weight room so he could continue to get stronger later in his career. He's also the only defensive lineman in franchise history to play over 200 games for the 49ers.

His benchmark will be a hard one to eclipse, but Bosa has the talent and time to make an assault on the record books.

After all, he's just 22 years old and should only get better.

How 49ers fans acted toward NFL analyst Adam Rank since 3-13 prediction

How 49ers fans acted toward NFL analyst Adam Rank since 3-13 prediction

It was an idiotic pick, according to himself.

Before the 2019 season began, NFL Network analyst Adam Rank predicted the 49ers would have a 3-13 record. That didn’t happen, of course, as they went 13-3 and found their way to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

The 49ers fans who got wind of this let Rank have it on social media.

But how have 49ers fans been since then? Maybe not as bad as we thought.

“They’ve been great,” Rank said on the NBC Sports Bay Area’s Balk Talk podcast. “Right off the bat, they’ve been super cool.”

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So why did Rank choose that ghastly record? Jimmy Garoppolo was coming off of an ACL injury, for starters, and the 49ers secondary was coming off a season where they couldn't force takeaways.

“The defensive secondary had no interceptions -- or, I think maybe it was two interceptions, but the cornerbacks had no interceptions for an entire season,” Rank said. “Richard Sherman, you know, had not been playing well, arriving from Seattle … “

Rank also wasn’t sure how 49ers newly-drafted defensive end Nick Bosa would do. He can’t predict the future. He couldn’t anticipate a Defensive Rookie of the Year honor or an 89.8 grade on Pro Football Focus after a nine sack, 47 tackle, 25 QB-hit season.

How was he to know that?

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Don’t worry friends, Rank had his reasons. And he has more than made up for it, predicting the 49ers to finish with a 12-4 record in the 2020 season.

He talks about that, and more on the latest episode of Balk Talk. And wait until you hear about the time Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout asked him for fantasy football advice.

What 49ers' interest in Ziggy Ansah, Dion Jordan means for pass rush

What 49ers' interest in Ziggy Ansah, Dion Jordan means for pass rush

The 49ers’ defensive line might be the strength of the team. But they are looking for even more from their outside pass rush.

The 49ers reportedly have visits planned for veteran edge rushers Ezekiel Ansah and Dion Jordan. Both players entered the NFL as first-round draft picks in 2013 and are being considered to add depth along the 49ers' D-line.

General manager John Lynch wants to provide some insurance to the outside pass rush.

Nick Bosa and Dee Ford are the 49ers’ top edge rushers. While Arik Armstead plays defensive end in base situations, he is more effective working inside as a nickel pass-rusher.

Ronald Blair, who could be the team’s No. 3 defensive end in passing situations, is working back from a torn ACL. Blair currently is on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list. The 49ers likely were able to re-sign him because the knee injury greatly influenced his market as a free agent.

After Bosa, Ford and Blair, the 49ers do not have a lot of answers.

Kerry Hyder, whom the 49ers signed as a free agent in the offseason, is the only other veteran outside pass rusher on the team. Hyder had 8.0 sacks with the Detroit Lions in 2016 while working with current 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. But in Hyder’s other 26 NFL games, he has just 2.0 sacks.

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Kocurek also has a history with Ansah, 31, whom the Lions selected at No. 5 overall in 2013. Ansah had a career-best 14.5 sacks in 2015 and 12.0 sacks in 2017, but injuries have impacted his career. He registered 2.5 sacks with the Seattle Seahawks in 11 games last season.

Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2013, but his career was derailed by off-field issues.

He did not play in 2015 and 2016 after a third violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. The Dolphins released him in 2017, and he signed with the Seahawks. He was suspended for 10 weeks last season for using Adderall.

In 50 career games, Jordan has 10.5 sacks. He played seven games with the Raiders last season and posted 2.0 sacks.

The 49ers visited with Damontre Moore last week, who was among the team’s final cuts last year. San Francisco re-signed Moore after Blair’s injury, but Moore sustained a fractured forearm in his second game with the club.

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The 49ers owned the top pass defense in the league last season, and a lot of the team's success can be traced to their pass rush. They tied for fifth in the NFL with 48 sacks during the regular season.

The pass rush took a hit in the offseason with the decision to trade defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick. Buckners registered 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. The 49ers used their first-round draft pick to select Buckner's replacement, South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.

While Kinlaw is expected to step in and be an immediate force against the run, it might take a while to develop his pass-rush skills. He registered a total of 10.0 sacks during his final two seasons of college.