The San Francisco 49ers came into the 2023 NFL season with the major question being whether second-year quarterback Brock Purdy could continue playing at a high level for the storied franchise in order to keep them in contention in the NFC.
With four games in the books, Purdy has silenced a lot of his critics, but there are still quite a few out there who think his success is simply a product of Kyle Shanahan’s system.
This is kind of a comical statement, considering that Trey Lance wasn’t able to have any success in this system and that even Jimmy Garoppolo struggled at times, but Purdy hasn’t missed a beat, with a flawless regular-season record leading back to last season.
On Wednesday, Shanahan addressed the talk of Purdy being a system quarterback, which he predictably downplayed by calling it a “ridiculous” notion, via 49ers on NBCS.
Kyle Shanahan says it's "ridiculous" to believe Brock Purdy's success is just a product of the 49ers' system pic.twitter.com/Po18yMH01x
— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) October 4, 2023
Purdy has yet to lose a regular-season game while being the starting quarterback for the 49ers, and he’s only technically lost one game in which he got hurt early, which was the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
That’s remarkable for any quarterback, let alone one who came into his NFL career with little to no hope of making something of himself as Mr. Irrelevant.
However, Purdy will be put to the test in Week 5 with the young quarterback going up against Micah Parsons and the lockdown defense of the Dallas Cowboys in what could be a preview of the next NFC Championship Game.NEXT: Analyst Issues A Challenge For Brock Purdy Against Cowboys