There is no place on the field the 49ers have upgraded more decisively than their defensive line. The team drafted Nick Bosa second overall in this year’s draft and signed edge rusher Dee Ford to a reported five-year, $87.5 million salary.
You could say it’s important those two understand each other, especially, as Ford said, they’ll likely switch sides (Ford said he prefers to rush from the left side, while Bosa prefers the right, rewind to the start) at points during the season.
Bosa came up limping with a pulled hamstring today during 1-on-1 pass rushing drills. Ford seemed nonplussed about the injury.
“He’ll get healthy,” Ford said. “He’ll be back. He’ll be fine. It’s important as a rookie to stay the course.”
For those who aren’t aware, the controversy of Bosa’s tweets mainly revolved around his support of President Donald Trump and conservative ideology, calling Colin Kaepernick a “clown,” and once tweeting, “Can there be a worse human than Draymond Green.” Here’s a thread of most of the tweets in question. Bosa said he “had to” stop those sorts of tweets because of the prospect of ending up in San Francisco.
Well, here he is. And the 49ers don’t seem too bothered by him. Richard Sherman and Jimmy Garoppolo defended Bosa, with Sherman saying, “One thing about football is that nobody really cares what you say if you can play.”
Garoppolo said, “Once you get into the facility, it’s all about football.”
Today, Bosa’s pass rush partner Ford addressed the tweets and held a similar stance as Sherman and Garoppolo.
“Yeah, he’s a great guy. Social media is social media. I could care less,” Ford said. “Who you are at work is important to me, and he’s a great guy. I don’t even have a social media, so I’m not even up to speed with the quotes and all of that. I don’t care. Who he’s presenting to us is a great guy that’s ready to work and that’s all that matters.”
As Ford walked off after his interview, he responded to a reporter’s jest about not having social media, saying, “Man, it’s refreshing not to have social media, waiting on likes and shit.”
New 49ers pass rusher Dee Ford had more thoughts on social media (he doesn’t use it):
"It's refreshing not to have social media, waiting on likes and shit."
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) May 21, 2019
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