The San Francisco 49ers franchise record for sacks is one of the hardest milestones to break. Bryant Young currently holds the record with 89.5, playing all 14 years of his career with the franchise (he also is the only defensive lineman to play over 200 games for the team).
Young's record isn't within striking distance for any current player on the 49ers roster, even though he thinks one sack artist can eventually knock him off his pedestal.
"Now there are guys like Nick Bosa and a couple others that have the ability," Young said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury-News. "In this day and age, anybody is capable of passing and breaking records. They're there as a benchmark to achieve more. Definitely there are guys with potential to succeed that. We'll just sit back, eat our popcorn and see what happens."
The 49ers have a dominant defensive line with Arik Armstead, Dee Ford, Solomon Thomas, and rookie first-round pick Javon Kinlaw, but Bosa is arguably the best pass rusher of the group. Bosa recorded nine sacks and 25 quarterback hits in his rookie season, finishing with 45 pressures (including 24 hurries).
If Bosa were to average nine sacks a season over the next 10 seasons, he would break Young's record in 2029 (assuming he's still with the 49ers at that point). Time is certainly on Bosa's side as he is just 22 years old and his best football is ahead of him.
The closest active player on the 49ers to Young's record is Armstead, who has just 19 career sacks in his five seasons. Young actually has 23 more sacks than Charles Haley, who is second on the franchise's all-time list with 66.5 sacks.
Young is willing to help Bosa get to his record, if head coach Kyle Shanahan allows him to. He served the past three seasons as the defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons, but stepped down this offseason to spend more time with his family.
Perhaps a reunion with the 49ers is in order if everything goes according to plan.