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How Nick Bosa's D-line knowledge impressed 49ers legend Bryant Young

How Nick Bosa's D-line knowledge impressed 49ers legend Bryant Young

Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist Bryant Young spent nearly a decade as a coach after his playing career.

The 49ers legend said on The 49ers Insider Podcast that when he watches the 49ers’ new No. 97, Nick Bosa, he sees a well-schooled technician.

“Nick does a good job just in terms of, one, being a very knowledgeable player,” Young said. “He sees the game. You can tell he’s been surrounded by good coaching.”

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John Bosa credits Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson for preparing his sons, Joey and Nick, to make the transition from college to the NFL. The Bosa brothers both won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

“Nick would spend an hour in the D-line room with Coach Johnson watching tape, watching cut-ups of Joe’s practices, learning technique, talking about technique,” John Bosa told NBC Sports Bay Area last year. “So now you have Nick, who’s in high school, learning from the best D-line coach. So he’s going to have a little bit of an advantage, not to mention Joey continually updating him on things they were doing. Nick was getting some really good coaching early.”

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Young, whom the 49ers announced last week would be inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, cited the Bosa family history, too. John, Joey and Nick were all first-round NFL draft picks.

Nick Bosa appears to be the biggest threat to one day break Young’s 49ers all-time record of 89.5 sacks, which he set during his 14-year playing career. Bosa registered nine sacks during the regular season and picked up four more during the postseason.

“He came in his first year and did his job, did it well, made some really big plays throughout the season, brought some energy and fire to the defense to the fans, inspired a lot of people,” Young said of Bosa. “So it was good to see a young man like that come in and really do his job in his first year and do it good.”

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Around and around we go.

Almost any other wide receiver who burned as many bridges as Antonio Brown has over the last two years would never draw interest from another NFL team ever again. But due to his tantalizing talent and prolific production, he continues to get the benefit of the doubt.

He doesn't deserve it, but it's understandable. Forget receivers, when Brown is on the field, there are few offensive players more frightening for defensive coordinators. Of course, he also has proven himself to be a nightmare for his own coaches. Thus is the risk/reward factor he presents.

Despite his risk far outweighing the reward as of late, interest in Brown doesn't appear to be waning. 

Back in May, it was reported that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson "would love" to add Brown to his receiving corps. A little more than a month later, the two were connecting on routes on a practice field.

Yes, that is a Raiders helmet that Brown is wearing. How'd his time in Oakland go, again? But I digress...

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Wilson doesn't appear to be the only star quarterback interested in adding Brown to his roster. After former NFL receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter to express his preference for Brown to join the Texans, Houston QB Deshaun Watson didn't exactly pour cold water on the idea.

The Texans were on the wrong end of one of the more one-sided trades in recent memory this offseason when they questionably sent standout receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Houston did acquire Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams, but perhaps Watson believes his receiving corps is missing an ingredient.

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If Brown is signed -- which is a big if -- it's unlikely he would be able to play much at all this coming season, regardless of which team signed him. A trio of Personal Conduct Policy investigations must be concluded before he can sign with a team, and even if all that is settled, it is widely expected that he would be facing a lengthy suspension upon rejoining the league.

Do you trust Brown to behave through that entire process? At this point, it's difficult to understand why anyone would. But clearly, some players still feel the risk is worth the reward.

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

The 49ers ran through the NFC playoffs, held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV and arguably have improved this offseason. So, they've got to be the favorites in their own division, right?

It wouldn't exactly be going out on a limb to take that stance, as San Francisco currently is the betting favorite to emerge not just from the NFC West, but the conference as a whole. There's a reason for that, and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon doesn't disagree.

"You'd have to go with San Francisco right now," Moon said Thursday on 95.7 The Game's "Joe, Lo and Dibs" show when asked which team is the favorite in the NFC West. "I mean, they're the defending NFC champs. They bring back pretty much everybody from that football team. 

"They've lost a couple of receivers, but I still think they have a lot of good talent on their team. Their strength is going to be in their running game. I think their offensive line just got strengthened by signing (Trent Williams). So, they're going to be the team to beat, but this is going to be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.

"You've got Seattle, who's going to be right there. ... And then you always have the Rams, who you just don't know how good they're going to be. And then Arizona is going to be much more improved. So this is going to be a very, very competitive division, as it usually is."

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The 49ers might be the deserved favorites in the division, but Moon is correct. The NFC West was tough enough last year, when San Francisco split the season series with the Seahawks and went down to the wire in both meetings with the Cardinals. As good as the 49ers are, claiming a second straight division title will be no easy task.

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