Niners Reporter: Nick Bosa Rattled Baker Mayfield

The Niners got after Mayfield on Monday, and the Cleveland quarterback didn't have much of a response

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 08, 2019 - 9:13 am
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The San Francisco 49ers are apparently legit. 

The Niners (4-0) overwhelmed the Browns on Monday Night Football, winning 31-3 to remain unbeaten on the season. San Francisco forced four turnovers and rushed 40 times for 275 yards (6.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

It was domination from start to finish.

“I think it was pretty much what the best-case scenario was for the 49ers,” San Jose Mercury News 49ers reporter Cam Inman said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They wanted to use this as the defense’s coming-out party, Kyle Shanahan wanted to show he’s got a run game that’s really hard to figure out and stop, and that it’s not all on Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulders to bring this team into playoff contention. All of a sudden, they are 4-0 atop the NFC, and that matches as many wins as they had last year.”

Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman were a potent one-two punch. Breida rushed 11 times for 114 yards, while Coleman rushed 16 times for 97 yards. Both found the end zone.

The front four, meanwhile, made life awfully difficult for Baker Mayfield, who finished 8-of-22 for 100 yards, two interceptions and a fumble.

“They’ve been playing really well,” Inman said. “They kind of stumbled through a couple of the wins with a lot of turnovers, and they played turnover-free ball tonight. The defense, that front four is for real. That front four really helped the defensive backfield out tonight, too. They loved getting after Baker Mayfield, and Nick Bosa loved it more than anybody else going back to their college rivalry with Ohio State and Oklahoma.”

Bosa exacted some revenge on Mayfield for his infamous flag-plant in Columbus in September 2017, parodying that celebration after a sack Monday.

“He really let loose on him,” Inman said. “He was brutally honest in terms of how they felt they rattled Mayfield and said they knew he would hold on to the ball. They loved it.”

Garoppolo, meanwhile, was an efficient 20-of-29 for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He was perfectly content letting Breida and Coleman do most of the damage.

“He is the calm leader that they like,” Inman said.

The 49ers play three of their next four games on the road, including this Sunday’s game against the Rams (3-2), who have lost back-to-back games to Tampa Bay and Seattle. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. ET. 

Click below to listen to Inman’s interview in its entirety.