The San Francisco 49ers got lucky with Brock Purdy.
While they certainly liked Purdy as a prospect, they waited until the final pick of the 2022 draft to select the quarterback. Even then, the move was more about not taking the risk of losing out to another team to sign Purdy as an undrafted free agent.
During an appearance on Colin Cowherd’s The Herd Show, former New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was asked if he’s surprised by the play of Purdy.
“You have to be, they struck oil,” responded Edelman. “With the late-round pick, ‘Mr. Irrelevant.’ When you watch Brock Purdy play, he processes the game. You never see him double-pump on something, double-clutch. He knows where he’s going with the ball and that’s a testament to Kyle Shanahan knowing what he likes as a play-caller, what makes Brock comfortable and also Brock going out and executing.
Edleman is very familiar what striking oil looks like. Afterall, he won three Super Bowls as a member of the Patriots who struck oil when they selected Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Brady took over at quarterback for New England in week two of his second season when starter Drew Bledsoe went down with an injury. He would go on to lead the Patriots to six Super Bowl wins in nine trips to the big game.
When the 49ers defeated the Giants 30-12 on Thursday night, they set a record for most consecutive regular season games scoring at least 30 points.
Under the guidance of Kyle Shanahan and with Brock Purdy at quarterback San Francisco has now scored 30 or more points in six consecutive regular season games dating back to last season. This broke the previous record of five set in 1984 by Bill Walsh and Joe Montana along with 1992 by George Seifert and Steve Young.
Finally has his guy
One of the arguments made by critics of Kyle Shanahan has been his handling of the quarterback position. In particular, he couldn’t find “his guy.”
In Brock Purdy, Shanahan seems to have found the one. The two have put the NFL on notice with a high scoring attack. Since taking over against Miami, Purdy and the 49ers have averaged 29.6 points per game.
What makes this more impressive is just like how Joe Montana wasn’t the first choice for Bill Walsh, Purdy wasn’t Kyle Shanahan’s first choice.
The 49ers 3-0 start to the season is their first since 2019. That year the team ended up reaching the Super Bowl. If San Francisco can get back and win with Purdy at quarterback, the franchise will have struck oil for a second time.