Bosa gets 'payback' on Mayfield by mimicking flag plant
Nick Bosa told Baker Mayfield he "had it coming" after mimicking the quarterback's flag plant at Ohio State in the San Francisco 49ers' dominant victory over the Cleveland Browns on Monday.
Two years ago Mayfield led Oklahoma to an upset 31-16 victory over Ohio State and celebrated by planting his college's flag in the middle of the field at the Buckeyes' Stadium.
Bosa played that night and remembered Mayfield's inflammatory act when the Niners cruised to a 31-3 victory over the Browns to improve to 4-0.
Mayfield was harassed by San Francisco's defensive front throughout and Bosa, who accounted for two of his team's four sacks, pulled out an imaginary flag-plant celebration after forcing the Browns quarterback into an intentional grounding penalty late in the first half.
"I think everybody knows what that was for," rookie Bosa told reporters.
"Just wanted to get payback. He had it coming."
Mayfield, who finished with 100 yards passing and only completed eight of his 22 attempts to go with two interceptions, is renowned for his brash attitude.
However, the softly-spoken Bosa said there was no response to his trash-talking on the field.
"I was trying to talk, I don't usually talk but this game... he had it coming. He didn't say one word back," Bosa explained.
"I was just screaming his name, 'Baker, Baker, you good? Come on, pick it up, we want a challenge'."
There were eight quarterback hits on Mayfield - of which Bosa provided five - and he was taken out for Garrett Gilbert late on when it was obvious there was no way back for the Browns.
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Mayfield was the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, despite concerns over his height, and Bosa took aim at the 6ft 1in signal caller.
"I don't know how anyone thought he would be able to see over Arik [Armstead] and [DeForest] Buck[ner]," he said.
"He was panicking, he was double-clutching, rolling back and forth. We had him rattled all game."