San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa is in the running for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, and he showed why again on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
However, there was another rough call to the passer on Bosa, this time after a hit on Geno Smith.
The play came after Smith threw a ball out of the Seahawks’ pocket, just before Bosa hit him. However, it seemed that the referees took offense at the way Bosa ended his tackle.
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Defensive ends, and anyone rushing the quarterback, are told not to end their tackle now. The increased protection of quarterbacks in the NFL makes landing with your body weight on the quarterback a big no in the eyes of refs.
So when asked after the game if Bosa thought it was the right call to throw a flag and assess the penalty, he agreed.
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“It was the right call with what they’ve been saying lately. I kind of lost my mind there and unfortunately it hurt my team,” he said.
Bosa made up for it in this game with another sack in his season total, which is now 14.5 to tie New England Patriots running back Matthew Judon for the league lead. There were more close calls on this one, but Smith was able to escape the pressure before Bosa could get there.
Now in his fourth year, Bosa is poised to break the career high for sacks he set last season with 15.5, as the 49ers still have three regular-season games to play.
His presence on the defensive line worries the offensive line, which is one of the many reasons San Francisco’s defense is ranked the highest in the NFL right now.
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“It’s pretty much one thing and that goes down to the person in front of me,” Bosa said when asked what he thinks when he pressures the quarterback.
And he will never credit himself for his elite output.
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“I just have so many good players around me. It’s never just me. It’s sure to be a fun movie to watch.”