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Father of 49ers' Nick Bosa believes celebrations were out of character

Father of 49ers' Nick Bosa believes celebrations were out of character

49ers rookie edge rusher Nick Bosa had a coming-out party on a national scale in San Francisco's 31-3 thrashing of the Browns last Monday night. He was a one-man wrecking crew for which Cleveland had no answer.

With only four games to his career resume, the sky is the limit for the No. 2 overall pick from the 2019 NFL Draft. His 26 quarterback pressures are the most by any rookie through the first five weeks of a season since 2006, according to Pro Football Focus.

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So, it's absolutely reasonable to expect Bosa to continue to make life tough on opposing quarterbacks. However, his father believes his future standout performances will be differentiated by the motivating factors. For one, don't expect more flag-planting celebrations.

"That was very out of character, actually," John Bosa said of his son's post-sack celebration on KNBR's Papa & Lund Podcast. "And that will probably not be the norm for him. He had some extra motivation. He will bring that same fire every Sunday, or every Monday or Thursday. That, you'll never have to worry about. He'll have the same fire. He just had a little bit of extra (motivation).

"I think maybe the opposition's quarterback maybe got under his skin a little bit as far as some of the way he carries himself," the elder Bosa continued, "and I think that might have been perceived as a little bit of disrespect. But that was kind of out of character."

The "opposition's quarterback," obviously, is Cleveland's Baker Mayfield, who provided the motivation for Bosa's celebration when he planted the University of Oklahoma flag at the Horseshoe after a victory over Bosa's alma mater, Ohio State.

After the win over the Browns, Bosa wasn't shy about making that motivating factor known. Mayfield heard about it, and when he was asked about Bosa's celebration Wednesday, Cleveland's loud-mouthed signal-caller just couldn't take the 'L.'

"He had it premeditated," Mayfield said of Bosa's celebration. "He's been thinking about that, obviously, for two years now, so that's a long time to think about that loss."

The irony here, of course, is that Mayfield used the same motivational reasoning when explaining his decision to plant the flag at Ohio State.

"Part of it was [what happened] last year," Mayfield said at the time, referring to Ohio State's 45-24 win at Oklahoma the previous season. "It was embarrassing for them to sing their fight song on our field. They're probably feeling the same way right now."

Pot, meet hypocritical kettle.

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Bosa's celebration might have been out of character, but perhaps with him now looking like one of the absolute scariest sights for opposing quarterbacks, they might think twice about antagonizing him.

How Emmanuel Sanders trade helped 49ers, likely hurt Patriots' offense

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How Emmanuel Sanders trade helped 49ers, likely hurt Patriots' offense

Two of the NFL’s best teams in 2019, the New England Patriots and 49ers, both faced a similar problem as the trade deadline approached.

The seemingly well-oiled machines had identified an identical issue: A lack of consistent play from the wide receivers.

While both teams attempted to rectify their passing-game issues at the deadline -- the 49ers dealt a pair of draft picks to the Denver Broncos for Emmanuel Sanders while the Patriots used a second-round pick to acquire Mohamed Sanu from Atlanta -- the results weren’t exactly analogous for the two contenders.

Sanders just completed a dominant performance in New Orleans, catching seven passes for 157 yards and a touchdown -- he threw for one, too. Meanwhile, Sanu caught just one pass for 13 yards in Week 14 as New England suffered a home loss at the hands of Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Since Oct. 22, the day both players found their new homes, Sanders is averaging 10.44 receiving yards per target. Sanu? The former Falcon is averaging just 4.66 yards per target.

The 49ers reportedly balked at the price Atlanta wanted for Sanu, but the Patriots might have been better off bringing Sanders in, according to The Athletic’s Mike Sando.

"Sanu has been a solid receiver for a long time, but not as much of a downfield threat. Over the past four seasons, Sanders holds a 67-44 edge over Sanu in passes gaining more than 15 yards, despite Sanu playing four additional games. Sanu could have been a natural fit in San Francisco given that Shanahan was previously his offensive coordinator in Atlanta. He might even be flourishing there, given San Francisco’s superior surrounding talent, including George Kittle. The fit has been questionable in New England.”

The 49ers also have an obvious advantage in fielding George Kittle, who continues to cement his status as one of the NFL’s top tight-ends week in and week out.

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But imagine what Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady could have whipped up with Emmanuel Sanders stretching the field.

This might go down as a rare mistake in player personnel from the Patriots’ front office, and it also might just be the move that propels the 49ers into playing February football.

Chris Simms breaks down George Kittle's catch in 49ers' win vs. Saints

Chris Simms breaks down George Kittle's catch in 49ers' win vs. Saints

George Kittle made the most significant play of the NFL’s Week 14 slate, catching a short fourth-down pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and willing his way into field-goal range.

The herculean effort from Kittle set kicker Robbie Gould up for a game-winning 30-yard field goal to give San Francisco a crucial 48-46 victory in New Orleans that propelled the 49ers back to the top of the NFC standings.

Unsurprisingly, coach Kyle Shanahan diagrammed this play for Kittle to be the No. 1 option, and that’s exactly what happened.

“The rookie [C.J.] Gardner-Johnson is matched up 1-on-1 with Kittle,” NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms said. “The beauty of this play is, a lot of times the 49ers will run an in-breaking route off of this, but here he had the option to break out and he breaks out.

“Gardner-Johnson, who’s kind of laying inside for it, now is at a disadvantage and he’s trailing behind and that becomes the completion to George Kittle.”

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Kittle’s wise decision to break outside put San Francisco back into the driver’s seat for the NFC playoffs, but the 49ers will need to keep the momentum going as the final weeks of the season roll on in order to secure the home-field advantage NFL teams so desperately crave come postseason time.