Brock Purdy: I’m not thinking about a storybook ending, I’ve got to do my job

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There’s an argument to be made that Brock Purdy has been the best quarterback in the league since he took over for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco’s Week 13 victory over the Dolphins.

Since then, Purdy has led the NFL with a 112.0 passer rating, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 1,308 yards with 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, and no fumbles. He also took in a rushing TD.

Now, head coach Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers talent around Purdy have made things easier for the last pick of the 2022 draft. He’s averaged just 218 yards passing per game with a high of 284 yards in the Week 17 victory over the Raiders.

But even as Purdy is now in the postseason with a chance to ride his fairly incredible wave to a championship, he’s trying to stay focused on the task at hand. This week, that’s Seattle.

“Right now, I’m looking at it like, ‘Man, we’ve got the Seahawks,’” Purdy said in his Wednesday press conference, via David Bonilla of “Yes, it’s the playoffs, but for myself, I’ve got to do my job. I’m not trying to think about this storybook ending [or] anything like that. It’s, ‘Man, I’ve got a great defense I’ve got to play on [Saturday].’ I’ve got to do my job in terms of getting the guys the ball, and all that will fall into place.

“But I’m definitely thankful for everything that has happened, but we still have a ways to go.”

Though he has been the 49ers quarterback for only six games — and started five of them — Purdy is considered a candidate for A.P. offensive rookie of the year, which is awarded at NFL Honors. He was just named the league’s offensive rookie of the month and was PFT’s offensive rookie of the year this week.

“I don’t try to get wrapped up in any of that kind of stuff,” Purdy said. “For me, I’ve got to win. As good of a team that we have, I’ve got to just come in, do my job, and let everything else fall into place. … I don’t want to get wrapped up in all that stuff. It will happen if it happens.

“Whoever wins it, wins it. Great. But I’m just trying to be where I’m at, be where my feet are at.”

We’ll see how Purdy fares in his first postseason action on Saturday afternoon.

14 responses to “Brock Purdy: I’m not thinking about a storybook ending, I’ve got to do my job

  1. What he’s done is impressive. It makes me wonder how much these coaches actually know. SF had him buried on the depth chart and the league let him go til the last round. If anything, it makes me realize there are very very few people who can truly evaluate NFL talent consistently.

  2. Kyle clearly can. He swallowed $2 million in cap money to dump non-NFL caliber player Nate Sudfeld and kept Purdy instead. They also let Trey Sermon go even after wasting a 3rd rounder on him. And Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne etc. all let go and better players stayed.

  3. There’s no argument to be made that he is the best in the league, that would be Mahomes….. but he has played exceptionally well. Definitely in the upper tier. Kid has a very bright future due to his humbleness, coachability, and determination.

  4. He reminds me of Drew Brees but more mobile. He can already make some funky throws, impromptu shovel passes, etc. He also has the Brees build, he looks small in person especially. His size is why he was the last pick.

    It can’t just be the team, others didn’t match his numbers. Funny that his size knocked him down that much because he did kill it as a Cyclone too.

  5. Well, I am definitely thinking of a potential storybook ending and would thoroughly enjoy seeing the last pick in the draft become the first rookie QB to win the SB.
    It might even slow the upward spiral of QB salaries.

  6. He can either be Drew Brees or Nick Folk, Minshew etc. The bottom line is this kid has great skills, but let’s not forget the system and talent around him. If he went to a new team, he would struggle like Lawrence, Tua, and Allen all did until the team talent catches up. He is in the perfect scenario.

  7. As a Packers fan i must admit this young man is special it’s early but i see a long successful NFL career ahead for him.

  8. Those who try to denigrate Purdy’s accomplishments by pointing to the high quality players around him ought to look at the top teams and QBs…they always have stars around them…nobody does it alone!

  9. Trey Lance had the same system and players around him and looked terrible. It’s not just the system and players around him.

  10. Man the Seahawks are going to get wrecked this weekend. Am I bitter some calls went the Seahawks way and left the Lions on the outside? Maybe but SF has put an Elite Defense and excellent weapons behind a really good Offensive Line. That’s the recipe for success for a young QB.. Not paying a guy 40 million and not being able to afford the rest of the team (yes it works for some like Buffalo and KC) is hard to manage.

  11. The true test is can he win a playoff game? The Niners are due for a loss or letdown but can he continue to play his game and not get caught up in the enormity of the games ahead?

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