There are times when an NFL player’s impact on a game goes beyond stats.
FS1’s Nick Wright argues that NFL box scores and stats only tell a portion of the story.
The sports media personality brought out this position when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy was their topic during a segment in First Things First.
While Purdy’s numbers have been great, Wright still has doubts about him.
“Can I have an opinion based on watching Brock Purdy play? … Based on the numbers, he’s great. Based on the numbers, he’s a future MVP,” Wright said about the second-year player from Iowa State.
"Can I have an opinion based on watching Brock Purdy play? … Based on the numbers he's great. Based on the numbers he's a future MVP."
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) September 22, 2023
Wright pointed out that building a narrative through stats alone can make Purdy a strong MVP candidate.
However, he mentioned that Purdy still doesn’t pass the eye test for great quarterbacks.
Wright called on their viewers to assess Purdy’s throws during their Thursday Night Football victory over the New York Giants.
According to Wright, he only had two excellent throws in the entire game.
Likewise, he pointed out that Purdy has the best career winning percentage among quarterbacks with at least 11 starts since 1973.
Despite impressive stats and the fact that Purdy hasn’t lost in a regular season game, Wright is still not buying Purdy’s stock.
What Wright missed out on is that Purdy is playing according to the style that head coach Kyle Shanahan wants him to.
The 49ers are favoring the ground game with Christian McCaffrey, Elijah Mitchell, and even Deebo Samuel.
There’s no need for him to have fancy highlights, especially if the ground game is working.
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