Costly Victory

Man, this team just can’t seem to shake the injury bug as Jimmy G is the latest guy to go down with an injury very similar to what took out Trey Lance earlier this season. He’s undergoing surgery to his left ankle, which got bent and crush by Jerome Baker on a 3rd down scramble.

So, where does that leave the 49ers in their quest? Very hard to say at this point, but for the rest of the game anyway, Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy, led the team to victory with a couple TD drives, and 3 FG drives. Purdy took shots, made clutch 3rd and 4th quarter completions, and generally kept the offense going as it likely would have under Jimmy’s control. It was enough to overcome the highly-vaunted high-flying Miami offense. And for all intents and purposes, the defense ruled the day.

The defense forced FOUR turnovers on three interceptions and a strip-sack by potential DPOY Nick Bosa that was picked up by Dre Greenlaw for the final nail in Miami’s coffin.

The bigger picture of course is, how badly does this affect our playoff run? I mean really, Purdy did what Jimmy does. And he seemed to do it with a little more style and a little more zip. Sure, it’s only one game, and teams will now scheme for him, but really, he’s a little more mobile than Jimmy, and he made all the throws he needed to. He’s not gonna be asked to carry a huge load a la replacing Dan Fouts, he just has to hit the short to medium routes and keep the drives going.

The run game is essential to our success, as is the defense, but this was true before the injury to Jimmy G. And it will be with Trey Lance at quarterback. I feel bad for the guy as he was having a pretty solid year amid the absolute weirdness of this past offseason, and the team is really starting to gell, but it is next man up. Purdy seems to have the respect of the locker room as he’s the one that runs the scout team offense for the goal line defense practices all season.

Fred Warner had this to say bout Purdy:

“You can just tell by the way he walks, you know when somebody has just kind of got the ‘It,’ you can kind of see it, and I think he does. I know he can take that. That’s how I know he’s prepared, he’s ready. He’s played against the best defense in the league for the past 13 weeks. So, he’s going to be just fine.”

Purdy does have a bit of swagger to his game, and that’s better than seeming overmatched, but this is where we are, and the hope is the 22 year old can keep the team rolling.

And, news flash, Baker Mayfield was released by the Carolina Panthers. He’s a free agent, but I’m sure the Rams will pick him up before we get the shot. He’s better than Josh Johnson, but I suspect the Rams take him so we don’t.

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13 Responses to Costly Victory

  1. Winder says:

    Once again another up and down season for the Niners. I am gonna look on the bright side of things until they’re not. Injuries will kill any team and it seems we have had our more than fair share. I watched the little clip on the Niners home site that showed Purdy talking after the game. I don’t know what the kids gonna do but I like the way he answered the questions and how he carried himself. I just hope he doesn’t get creamed by some d-lineman

  2. dirtnrocksnomo says:

    The D is outstanding but 49ers rushing offense has slipped to middle of the pack this year so not sure how much they can lean on it. Agree with you re Purdy – seems like he’s a plug and play replacement for Garoppolo and maybe there’s not a lot of drop off there.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Biggest thing I saw was he just did shit right. They need to give the ball to Mason more. He’s the real deal. His first 5 touches I think he got 8 yards a carry. He’s powerful and just goes right at the hole.

    I think we really should look at passing to set up the run. A la the bill Walsh days. Everyone expects us to run but if we can start out hitting quick passes over the middle and slants over the LBs/Kittle down the middle, we can soften up the secondary and then start running.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    More from Warner:

    “The way that he comes out and prepares and competes, the confidence he has, the swag he has, like, I have got all the confidence in the world in Purdy. It’s a lot to ask of a rookie, obviously, being thrust into the position he’s in. But at the same time, he doesn’t have to do too much… He’s in the best position possible.”

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Craziest thought of the day.

    Brock Purdy was 6 months old when Tom Brady first set foot on an NFL field.

  6. NJ49ER says:

    Better yet… Some fun Bio results on our Iowa St Cyclone QB 😀
    Brock has a Brother with some neat info attached –

    Born Preston Purdy, he officially took on the name Chubba after his dad nicknamed him that when he was a baby as Purdy weighed 32 pounds when he was a year old. Purdy is now listed at 6-2 and 215 pounds.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Like I thought, Mayfield signs with the Rams.

    All the better to make more commercials I guess.

  8. alleykat69 says:

    Baker Mayfield claimed by the Rams, could see that coming stiffing the 49ers one pick before them. It’s there way of payback by losing out on CMC.. Riding Purdy Train just let the playmakers do their jobs and manage the intermediate throws!

    Holy crap Breaking News..Doctors concluded today that Jimmy G does not need surgery on broken foot. Could return during playoffs (7-8 weeks) if rehab goes well..

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I could give 2 shits about Mayfield. Te Rams can have him. I said yesterday they’d take him to spite us. They are dead in the water anyway.

  10. Irish Kevin says:

    I didn’t want Mayfield, not as good as he thinks he is. I think Purdy will be just fine, wharf’s going to be difficult is if and when he is the reason for a loss the clamore from fans to get another QB will be off the charts. So many stupid arm chair GMs out there. Most of the players like the guy and don’t see too much drop off in what the Offense can do.

  11. Winder says:

    I don’t see how he could have played much better than he did. It sure didn’t look like his first NFL game to me. We need some success stories with our qb’s.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    We had moments of brilliance with Big Dick Nick, but Purdy certainly felt different. Mainly because he kept it up the whole game, and McDaniel challenged him with a lot of blitzes. McDaniel went off on Purdy in the 3rd quarter and Purdy ended up burning him.

    And I really think Shanahan was taking more shots in the end zone with Purdy down close than he ever did with Garoppolo.

    I hope Shanny keeps up with the quick passes in the red zone.

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