Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury knows his offense has a huge challenge ahead facing the 49ers’ pass rushing duo of Nick Bosa and Dee Ford this Sunday.
Kingsbury spoke to local Bay Area media Wednesday morning and shared how quarterback Kyler Murray and Co. have to be prepared to work quickly when on the field at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.
“Those are two of the best rushers in the game,” Kingsbury said. “Nick is tremendous. Had a incredible year last year, just got better and better. I’m sure in Year 2 the game will slow down for him down for him tremendously.”
The bar is set high for the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa finished his first season with the 49ers with nine sacks, 47 total tackles -- 16 for loss -- 25 quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
Both Bosa and Ford suffered minor injuries during training camp but returned to practice Monday. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he’d be surprised if the two weren’t ready for Sunday’s opener.
While Ford played a limited amount of snaps in 2019 due to nagging knee and hamstring issues, he still managed 6.5 sacks, 14 total tackles -- six for loss -- and two forced fumbles. The defensive end had an offseason procedure and has felt much healthier after extended time off to recover.
“Dee probably has the best get-off of anybody we played against last year when you’re talking about getting off the ball and getting home,” Kingsbury said.
If both Bosa and Ford can stay healthy, they are a force to be reckoned with and opposing quarterbacks definitely will feel the clock ticking every time the ball is in their hands.
“We have to account for those guys each and every snap.” Kingsbury said. “You can’t stop them, but you just hope to slow them down enough to get some throws off but they are tremendous talents.”