Nick Bosa Dec 17, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) celebrates after defeating the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers are playing their best brand of football right now. While wide receiver Deebo Samuel believes the team still has some improvements to make, the team stands at an 11-3 record with a huge game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Every element on the team matters from here on out after going back-to-back in NFC West championships.

Defensive end Nick Bosa’s time with the 49ers has certainly enhanced over time. After being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, he now finds himself as one of the main speech-givers on Saturday heading into a game.

“I think it just happens naturally,” Bosa said Tuesday on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes. “You come into the league, you’re 21 and you’re still a kid and you, you don’t really know yourself that well, and then you go through some stuff, you get older, get more responsibilities, and then you see more classes of rookies comes in over and over and it just naturally happens to where guys are looking to you for advice.

“That’s kind of naturally something I’ve been good at,” Bosa said.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year also added head coach Kyle Shanahan put knew it was something he could do.

“Kyle put me in the role of Saturday during my speeches and that kind of forced me to open up a little bit more and really think about through the week what I’m feeling and what I’m thinking about and I just try and be honest to the team. And I’m happy he did that for me because it puts you out of your comfort zone and I think I’ve done a decent job with that, but we have so many leaders on the team that you don’t have to be the one vocal guy, you can kind of do it in your own way.”

Bosa signed a five-year, $170 million contract extension with the 49ers back in September making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. The speech responsibilities are just part of what he has to offer the team.

But what do these speeches sound like? Well, they’re not intense by any means.

“I’m pretty deep and philosophical,” Bosa said.

Whatever he’s been saying it’s been working.


About Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jess is a baseball fan with Reno, Nev. roots residing in the Bay Area. She is the host of "Short and to the Point" and is also a broadcaster with the Oakland A's Radio Network. She previously worked for and NBC Sports Bay Area.