After facing the first adversity of his NFL career in a tough three-game series, Brock Purdy rose above the noise in the 49ers’ last two wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The young quarterback credits San Francisco’s turnaround in recent weeks to a change in mindset, returning to his underdog mentality to prove he can lead the team forward.
“What was more frustrating to me was not that we were complacent or anything, but just going into the game, it was going to be given to us in a way,” Purdy said after the 49ers’ 27 games. Told. -14 win against the Buccaneers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. “I had to go back, dude, we gotta go get it. We gotta go get it every game. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, It’s the NFL. Anything can happen.” Some Sunday.
“And that’s the tip [on my shoulder] what I was talking about. So I have to go back there and prove with every drive, every play that I can be a player on this team and earn it every week in practice and meetings and everything. So, that’s the idea of what I was talking about, and certainly more in tune with finding that chip again after looking into it the last few weeks. ”
Purdy certainly proved with his Week 11 win that he can be San Francisco’s “man,” joining 49ers legends Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to post a perfect passer rating of 158.3. It became. Additionally, Purdy stands alone as the only 49ers quarterback to accomplish that while throwing 20 or more pass attempts.
Not too shabby for a player selected last overall by the 49ers in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Purdy’s teammate, Christian McCaffrey, enjoys watching his quarterback play with a little bit of fire under him, and told reporters in the locker room after Sunday’s win that the haters He said he hopes they will continue to come.
And even during the 49ers’ three-game losing streak from Week 6 to Week 8, plagued by late-game interceptions, coach Kyle Shanahan’s faith in the 23-year-old never wavered. Despite some critical mistakes, Shanahan liked what Purdy looked like on tape — something he repeated after the big game against Tampa Bay.
“What people won’t know until they experience it is that the film was very good,” Shanahan said of Purdy’s possible cowardice after throwing the pick. “That player played unbelievably in those three losses, so there was nothing to worry about. We just need to make sure he doesn’t make up things that other people are making up. So just try to stick to him.” “Practice, stick to film, do what you’re doing. He made some bad choices in those games, but uh… There was nothing that made me feel like I had to change what I was doing because I was playing at such a high level in the loss,” too. ”
Currently at 7-3 on the season, the 49ers face three tough games in the coming weeks that will have a huge impact on the NFL playoffs. They travel to Seattle to face the 6-4 Seahawks on Thanksgiving and return to Lincoln Financial Field in Week 13 for an NFC Championship rematch against the conference’s No. 1 seed Philadelphia Eagles. , followed by the next game against Seattle at Levi’s Stadium in December. .Ten.
And, having done more than enough to prove himself as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, Purdy will be ready to face San Francisco’s longtime rival starting in Week 12.
“Yeah, we’re in the middle of the season and obviously every game is important. It’s a big deal,” Purdy said. “And going into a hostile environment in Seattle with a great team is going to be a big challenge for us, and we’re really looking forward to it.” Obviously, the history of these two organizations goes back a long way, and the division was announced on Thanksgiving. There’s nothing better than being able to play against them.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”