Nick Bosa: We’re not fixing what isn’t broken on defense

Philadelphia Eagles vs San Francisco 49ers, 2023 NFC Championship
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The 49ers will have a new defensive coordinator this season, but their top defensive player doesn’t think the move from DeMeco Ryans to Steve Wilks is going to make a big difference in the way they play.

Defensive end Nick Bosa was a guest on former teammate Richard Sherman’s podcast and shared his view of what the coaching change will mean to a unit that allowed the fewest points and yards in the league last season. His feeling is that the team is going to be following the same blueprint.

“Whenever you have success like we’ve had, you’re not going to fix what isn’t broken,” Bosa said, via “Obviously, there’s things you got to tweak, and you got to get better because the NFL is constantly evolving, but [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] knows what’s successful, what’s got us here, defensively, and he kind of told me before that whatever guys we’re bringing in, they’re going to talk to [defensive line] coach [Kris] Kocurek first, make sure that he spits some dip in their face before they hire him. But no, we’re going to be attacking on D. We’ve got dogs at every level, especially this year.”

Bosa rattled off names like Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, and Charvarius Ward to support his belief that the team will keep on keeping on in 2023, but there are some key free agents on the defensive side of the ball so it probably won’t be an exact replica of last year’s unit once the 49ers get back on the field.

3 responses to “Nick Bosa: We’re not fixing what isn’t broken on defense

  1. Isn’t that what every incoming DC wants to hear? One of your defensive stars saying that not only was your hiring conditional upon HIS position coach spitting tobacco juice in your face but also that the D was not going to change under your tenure.

  2. The 49ers are in a precarious position. They have 21 UFA’s and no Cap money to sign any of them.. $5.9 million in current Cap space doesn’t even sign their Draft class. That means only one thing.. They either restructure big Cap contracts like Trent Williams, Fred Warner, George Kittle, Arik Armstead and Deebo or trade some of these big contracts… They already restructured Arik, Kittle and Williams last season. They have over $17 million in 2023 dead Cap money via Dee Ford, Alex Mack, Trey Sermon and Jimmy Ward.. Can’t trade Armstead. His salary is all dead Cap for 2023.. Kicking the can down the road only exaserbates dead Cap in 2024. I believe that they will kick the can down the road, changing only if they feel, strongly, they do not have a QB capable of winning the Lombardi. They will mortgage the future similar to what Sean McVay did in LA and hope they can win it or face possible termination if they fail knowing they cannot field a team in 2024 without unloading salaries and rebuilding with cheaper players.. McVay got to stay because he won the Super Bowl, getting a pass by dealing to an inside straight in 2021.. It’s a high risk game restucturing player contracts who are all, less Fred Warner, on the back ends of their career productivity. Hard to say what will happen with one QB yet to go to surgery, one still not cleared to play. Perhaps both Kyle and John feel they are good to go, both backstopped by contract extensions and both, likely, to land on their feet.. My money is on restructuring..

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