In three-and-a-half games since Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a severe foot injury, Brock Purdy has done very well under center for the San Francisco 49ers, as he has gotten their offense to hum and continued their long winning streak.
But the jury is still out on him as far as whether he is truly the championship-caliber quarterback they have been looking for ever since Steve Young retired following the 1999 season.
Prominent NFL reporter Peter King joined the crew at 95.7 The Game to discuss what the QB position will look like next year for San Francisco, and he said that if Purdy takes the team to the Super Bowl, the starting job will be his in 2023.
"If Brock Purdy takes the field six more times, it's going to be his job in 2023. You are not going to take the guy out of the game and put him behind Trey Lance, whether he wins the Super Bowl or not."
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) December 28, 2022
So far, Purdy has been pretty good, as he has registered 846 passing yards, a 68.87 percent completion rate, eight touchdown passes and a 110.0 passer rating ever since Garoppolo went down.
Those may not be truly elite numbers, but he has been better than most other starting QBs during that span.
Purdy Has Everything He Needs To Become Great
Purdy is in a position that is conducive to his success, as he has two stud wide receivers in Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, a Pro Bowl tight end in George Kittle and a Pro Bowl-caliber dual-threat running back in Christian McCaffrey, not to mention the best defense in football.
On top of all that, he has a great offensive mind in head coach Kyle Shanahan, as well as the counsel of Shanahan’s father, Mike Shanahan, who won a world championship as the Niners’ offensive coordinator in 1994.
If Purdy does the seemingly unthinkable and takes his team all the way this season, not only will he become the toast of Niners fans across California, but he will also become one of the greatest Cinderella stories in the history of any sport.