Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa: I Don’t Think I’ve Played A Great Game Yet

49ers DE Nick Bosa isn’t worried about his low sack numbers, although he admits he’s been below par this season.

A contract holdout kept Nick Bosa out of training camp, and he’s playing catch up as a result. Last season he led the league with 18.5 sacks. At this point in 2022, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year had seven sacks.

So far in 2023, Nick Bosa has 2.5 sacks. However, he leads San Francisco in QB hits with 17 and ranks 14th in the NFL with 29 QB pressures.


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“I think a little bit,” Bosa said of how much his holdout is affecting him. 

“I think I’m trying to work on stuff on the run this year that I wasn’t able to do in camp. So, those games that I mentioned, the two, I think I was thinking too much because I was trying to add something to my rush plan which is not what I want to be doing during season. I want to be locked in on what I do best and just doing it throughout the whole year. But there’s no excuse at this point for that.”

“I try not to equate them (sacks) hand-in-hand, because like you said it’s not an exact correlation, at all,” Bosa said. 

“I think I played really good games this year that haven’t been sack games. And then I mentioned Cleveland I got one and that was one of my worst games.”


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“I think if you just stay the course, they’ll eventually come if you’re putting yourself in the right positions. I’m trying to continue to play up to my standard and I think those will come. It’s a really long year so hopefully in the biggest moments is when they come.

“I don’t think I’ve, like you said I’m hard on myself, I don’t think I’ve played a great game yet.”

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