San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is fed up and claims offensive players are getting away with keeping Nick Bosa.
The two-time Pro Bowler leads the NFL with six sacks in the first four weeks of the season. But Shanahan says Bosa is literally holding back from producing even more.
When a reporter noted during a Wednesday news conference that Bosa was having a high volume of snaps, the coach replied: “Yeah, I couldn’t agree with you more.
“It’s something I’ve seen a lot with him since he’s been here, since his first year in the Super Bowl, so he’s always been difficult with that.”
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Shanahan confirmed that the team sends plays from the NFL office weekly to inquire about holds.
“We deliver everything every week, and sometimes they agree, sometimes they don’t,” Shanahan said.
The Niners improved to 2-2 after beating the Rams 24-9 on Monday night.
San Francisco’s defense dominated much of the game, and Bosa became the first player in franchise history to record at least one sack in each of the first four games of a season.
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During the game, an animal rights activist ran onto the field with a pink smoke bomb at Levi’s Stadium. The activist has now filed a police report alleging assault by Rams players who accosted him to break up his demonstration.
Direct Action Everywhere took responsibility for the demonstration by Alex Taylor and Allison Fluty, who were arrested after running onto the field.
Taylor was able to avoid Levi’s Stadium security before Rams players Bobby Wagner and Takkarist McKinley intervened and broke up the rally.
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Other than informing the league of Bosa’s situation, the 49ers’ options are limited. But the 42-year-old coach said he is hopeful things will change.
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“You just hope it gets better,” Shanahan said.