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.
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.
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.