What Nick Bosa is missing while being sidelined for 49ers OTAs with injury


What Nick Bosa is missing while being sidelined for 49ers OTAs with injury

Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, who missed all but the first 2 1/2 games of his final college season, made it to the 49ers’ practice field to participate in only one full practice.

Bosa is still walking around gingerly, a week after sustaining a low-grade right hamstring strain during a practice during the first week of organized team activities in Santa Clara. He likely will continue to be a spectator through the offseason-concluding mandatory team minicamp in mid-June.

Barring a setback in rehabilitation or training, Bosa is not expected to feel any negative impact from the injury when training camp opens in late-July. But Bosa is missing valuable practice snaps with his new team after being selected with the No. 2 overall pick.

“For him, you’d love for him to be out there just so he can go through and get his reps,” 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. “It’s just the mindset and all that stuff that he’s missing, just get his legs under him. He hasn’t played football in a year. To get his sea legs back, if you will. That’s what I feel like he’s missing, but I’m not worried about him being able to catch up.”

Bosa enters the NFL with advanced skills for his age. He benefited from the experiences of his older brother, Joey, who is three years older than him. When Joey went to Ohio State, he worked under highly regarded defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Nick benefitted from the teachings of advanced techniques that his brother and Johnson passed onto him while he was still playing high school football at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

New 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek witnessed Nick Bosa's special qualities from his college film and the brief time he worked with him on the practice field.

“Obviously, (he’s) a very sharp guy, extensive football knowledge,” Kocurek said. “(He) was coached very well in college by his college defensive line coach, so he has a very good understanding of the game, very good understanding of the techniques.

“And then just a good guy that guys seem to want to be around, like being around, and a team guy, an unselfish guy.”

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Bosa is expected to make a seamless entry into the team’s starting lineup for the start of the season. He is gaining knowledge of the team’s defensive system through meetings, studying the scheme and paying close attention to others who have played his position. He has also been watching plenty of game film of Ziggy Ansah and Kyle Vanden Bosch, who played defensive end for the Detroit Lions when Kocurek was an assistant there.

“He needs to get as many mental reps as he possibly can, watching the other guys,” Kocurek said. “It's sometimes hard when a guy gets nicked up and he has to watch from the sideline to realistically try to put himself in the play, but that's what he has to do right now because he can't go out there physically until he gets a little better.

“I think he'll be able to get back pretty quickly. He comes from a Big Ten school. He's been at a high level of competition basically his entire life, so I think once we get him back in there he'll integrate back in and be just fine.”

Why Kyle Juszczyk's wife was upset with 49ers' Matt Breida on Sunday

Why Kyle Juszczyk's wife was upset with 49ers' Matt Breida on Sunday

SANTA CLARA -- Fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s wife, Kristin, was watching the 49ers’ game Sunday on a flight from New York to the Bay Area when she saw her husband sustain an injury after catching a short pass in the fourth quarter.

“Immediately when I went down, she started crying,” Juszczyk said. “And, then, when I got up ... "

When Juszczyk got up following the penalized hit from New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Kristin saw something on the screen that made her direct her emotions toward 49ers running back Matt Breida.

“Oh, my, God, my wife freaked out,” Juszczyk said, laughing.

“When I got up, Breida hit me on the head, and she’s like, ‘I could f--king kill you, Breida!’ Classic.”

Breida was shown on live TV patting Juszczyk on his helmet several times as the 49ers’ fullback left the field en route to the medical tent for a mandatory concussion evaluation.

Inside the tent, Juszczyk was asked questions and tested for eye movement and stability. He did not experience any concussion symptoms and returned to the game.

“Luckily, my head was OK, so it didn’t matter,” Juszczyk said of his Breida’s ill-advised gesture of support.

Immediately after absorbing the hit, Juszczyk grabbed at his helmet with both hands.

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“Honestly, it just kind of scared me,” he said. “You take that hit, and it did hurt my neck. So I just reached back there.”

Juszczyk said he still feels as if he was in a car accident, but his neck is feeling better due to a lot of treatment, including acupuncture. He was a full participant in the 49ers’ practice on Wednesday.

Why Kyle Shanahan once was determined to coach for Dan Quinn's Falcons

Why Kyle Shanahan once was determined to coach for Dan Quinn's Falcons

SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Shanahan convinced then-Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine with a 32-point presentation to let him out of the final two years of his contract as offensive coordinator following the 2014 season.

Then, Shanahan was unemployed and getting increasingly anxious about where he was going to be heading next on his football coaching odyssey.

His plan was to join Dan Quinn’s staff.

But Quinn, then the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, did not yet have a head-coaching job. And he could not become a head coach until the Seahawks’ season concluded. Seattle advanced to the Super Bowl that season.

“I was specifically hoping to go to Atlanta, but Dan still had another five weeks going through their playoff run, their bye week and the Super Bowl,” Shanahan recalled on Wednesday. “I knew that talking to him that it would be a chance if he did end up taking a job and stuff, but he turned one down (head-coaching offer) the year before.

“Sitting there without a job, it wasn’t like I was just totally set and confident that it was going to happen. But I was definitely hoping it would.”

Shanahan was determined to join Quinn’s staff, despite never before meeting Quinn. He knew of Quinn’s reputation, and the two men had spoken on the phone. But it was not until the Monday after Seattle’s loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl that they first met face-to-face.

“I was already sitting there in the office, so I met him that Monday in person,” Shanahan said. “I always thought he was going to be a great guy on the phone, and then after being able to spend two years there with him, learned a lot from him. It was good to be in a good place like that and really enjoyed the players, too.”

Shanahan was Quinn’s offensive coordinator for two seasons before the 49ers hired him as head coach the day after the Falcons’ crushing Super Bowl loss to the Patriots in February 2017.

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The 49ers will face the Falcons on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Shanahan's 49ers are 11-2 and atop the NFC, while Quinn’s job appears to be in jeopardy as Atlanta is 4-9 in his fifth season as coach.

Shanahan said he specifically targeted joining Quinn’s staff to join because he found Seattle’s style of defense to be particularly vexing as an offensive coordinator. He wanted to get close to that kind of defense to learn more about it.

He freely admits that part of his purpose was to study the Falcons' defense to help him down the road when facing teams that play the three-deep zone concepts. He also had an eye to the future -- if or when he became an NFL head coach.

“That’s why I wanted to go to a place like that as a coordinator and that’s why when I became a head coach I was hoping to get someone who knew that type of defense and also knew how to expand it,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan eventually hired Robert Saleh to become defensive coordinator. Saleh spent the 2013 on the Seahawks’ defensive staff when Quinn was defensive coordinator.