Christian McCaffrey: Brock Purdy’s success is a major testament to Jimmy Garoppolo

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Despite playing with their third-string quarterback, the 49ers are in a position to make a deep playoff run.

That’s because seventh-round rookie Brock Purdy has not played like someone who was the last pick in the 2022 draft.

Purdy led the league with his 112.0 passer rating over the season’s last six weeks. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 1,308 yards with 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, and no fumbles.

According to running back Christian McCaffrey, much of Purdy’s success can be traced to the quarterback the rookie replaced — Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Brock’s success is a major testament to Jimmy,” McCaffrey told Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “Jimmy has handled so many things like a true pro. A lot of the things Brock does, Jimmy did. And that is from Jimmy, that it was passed on.”

McCaffrey, who came to the 49ers in a midseason trade, noted that Purdy has strong support from Garoppolo, the quarterback who began the season for the 49ers in Trey Lance, and position coach Brian Griese. He said it’s a testament to Garoppolo and the whole room that Purdy has been ready to succeed.

“I think it’s a special room,” McCaffrey said. “When you have quarterback room that’s competing like that and you have no egos, it’s a special room.”

We’ll see if Purdy can continue his strong play with Saturday’s game against the Seahawks.

6 responses to “Christian McCaffrey: Brock Purdy’s success is a major testament to Jimmy Garoppolo

  1. Next year could be interesting if Purdy does well in the playoffs. Trey Lance may never get a chance to be the starter until after his rookie contract expires and he moves on to another team.

  2. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

    I’m not a Niners fan, but Lord do I want to see this kid be a long-term superstar

  3. I’ve been thinking about the teams with backups in the playoffs (sf, Balt, and Mia). I know we are on the Purdy hype train, but just think about what Huntley could do with either SFs or MIAs skill players. And think about what Purdy would be with Baltimore’s.

    I figure Huntley would out perform the Purdy results if he were on SF and we would be talking about Baltimore is mediocre and probably doesn’t make the playoffs if they had purdy.

  4. billshistorian says:
    January 13, 2023 at 2:43 pm
    I’ve been thinking about the teams with backups in the playoffs (sf, Balt, and Mia). I know we are on the Purdy hype train, but just think about what Huntley could do with either SFs or MIAs skill players. And think about what Purdy would be with Baltimore’s.

    I figure Huntley would out perform the Purdy results if he were on SF and we would be talking about Baltimore is mediocre and probably doesn’t make the playoffs if they had purdy.
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    I find it so ridiculous that we say if so and so was on this team he’d be so much better. Well, you don’t know that!
    I haven’t seen Huntley I but I have seen purdy play. Yes, the supporting cast helps but the kid can flat out play. He’s accurate, very cool under pressure, and athletic. He’s done it against playoff competition. Not saying he won’t have clunkers ever. But he sure seems to be the me real deal.

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