Crash & Burn

It was over nearly when it started. After the non-catch by DeVonta Smith catch wasn’t contested, and Philly got their gift TD, Purdy went out in his first series as unblocked LB Hassan Reddick smashed into Purdy’s arm as he tried to throw a pass. Fortuna being a fickle bitch, the play added insult to the injury as the play was a fumble, not a pass. Josh Journeyman Johnson lived down to his name and was ineffective until he himself was knocked out of the game in the 3rd quarter.

Crap end to a great season.

Still and all, despite yet another NFCCG loss (we lead the NFL in that category with 10), we have found our QB of the future in Brock Purdy.

But even that is in question as Purdy’s arm injury very well could be a ruptured ulnar ligament, which would require Tommy John surgery and a likely stint on the IR for next year. His MRI is going on now, so we will know later today what his recovery will be.

Other than that, It’s another off-season of close-but-no-cigar.

As it goes I really hope KC takes it to the Eagles and stomps them flat.


This article came out before the Cowboys game. From Caesar’s Sports Book head bookie Adam Pullen.

“Despite losing Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo — their first- and second-string quarterbacks — to injuries earlier in the season, San Francisco has emerged as a real Super Bowl contender under rookie quarterback Brock Purdy. The 49ers secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC and easily dismantled the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild-Card Round.

Vegas now finds themselves in a sticky situation as they face the possibility of dealing with the consequences of that drastic change. 

Caesars specifically listed the 49ers as high as +1600 earlier in the season. As of Friday, that number had dropped as low as +380, behind only the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

Food for thought if anything.


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24 Responses to Crash & Burn

  1. unca_chuck says:

    DJ, that’s awesome re the meet up for the Yankees games. Keep us posted.

    Sounds great. Long shot for me but never say never.

  2. Irish Kevin says:

    So whoever hears first on the MRI. Please post it here. When I was about 35 I pinched the hell out of my ulnar nerve, required surgery in my late 40’s, they went in and moved the nerve to a different place on the elbow. Arm was fine after that. Purdy sounds a lot worse, if the doctors are on the fence for surgery or not, I say surgery now rather than Brock having it be hit in a game next year and be out.

    • alleykat69 says:

      Love me some Pat Travers anytime!
      Saw him at the Old Waldorf (SF off of Battery) he was incredible! He really enjoyed I believe performing at smaller venues to play which was cool 😎

  3. alleykat69 says:

    Purdy’s injury eerily similar to Josh Allen’s who was far less effective after his elbow issue with his accuracy, he just wasn’t the same gun slinger.Supposedly he will only need to rest it during the offseason an avoided surgery.Not the case with Purdy which could put a huge question mark on him next season..
    Don’t expect at all Jimmy G coming back( but we’ve all seen that crazy scenario before) and Lance the still unknown commodity, I would not be shocked if they made a play for Brady are Rodgers, preferably Rodgers, younger better arm strength while the window is still open with this great team. Lance and hopefully Purdy battle it out for 2-3 but both needed and improve even more going forward..

  4. dirtnrocksnomo says:

    Rough end to a fun season. I don’t know how JJ has managed to hand around the NFL and still be completely unprepared to enter a game. Agree with kat that Garoppolo is not coming back. Bad luck with injuries for him and whatnot but it’s clear he never put in the work to improve his game. Every Purdy completion and/or W vindicated “the system” in Shanahan’s mind and was another step to showing Garapollo the door imo.

    Not really sure what to think about Brady. Dude’s a weirdo and a statue behind the line but he processes and gets the ball out. Plus he still threw for 4K yards last season and led the league in attempt and completions. He would be good to have but I don’t think Shanahan can give up control to that extent. The only way I would want to see him in SF is if Purdy needs TJ.

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    There is absolutely no reason to get Brady/Rodgers, old and slow and very set in there ways. One of the reasons Brock was so good is that he was coachable for Kyle to use. Not so much with Brady/Rodgers. If Brock can rest the arm and throw the way he was he will be the starter.

  6. Irish Kevin says:

    Per Adam Schefter… Brock Purdy suffered a torn UCL that will sideline him six months, per source. Purdy is seeking second medical opinions about whether he needs surgery, per source. 49ers are recommending surgery but no decisions yet.

  7. Irish Kevin says:

    How long does it take for UCL to heal?
    For some, it could take as long as two months. If you require surgery to fix your damaged ligament, it routinely takes at least nine months to heal and regain the strength and stability in your arm.

  8. Irish Kevin says:

    Sounds like he will be out most of next year

  9. alleykat69 says:

    Purdy’s UCL torn ligament injury is minimum the 6 months reconstruction time I would believe?(next years season is totally in doubt)Yeah he can get more opinions but the longer he waits the longer the recovery time, this won’t be fixed with rest like Allen’s will..
    Puts the QB situation for the team on high alert again for sure with just Lance u need a solid backup are a HOF to step in while continues to develop and get reps..

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Oh boy. Trey Lance gets his shot. Mark it down next season.

    Week 7 IN Philly.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    No fucking way on Brady. Or Rodgers. They need to at least see what they have in Lance if Purdy is down for most of next year. They’ll prolly draft someone in round 4.

  12. dirtnrocksnomo says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Matt Ryan in SF. Not that I want that but it makes sense.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    eeek. They need to ride with Lance but yeah, they need a backup for him. Ryan would be better than Rodgers or Brady. I guess.

  14. barleyfreak says:

    That has to be one of the weirdly most disappointing ends to the playoffs I have seen in 49er history. We’ve had some bad endings — often with a finger pointed at the refs, or bad miscues on our part. But I have never felt so pissed off at the entire fabric of the universe for handing us suck bad luck. I felt literally sick to my stomach. I thought we had a really solid chance against a very good team. If they beat us, then so be it, I expected it to be close and hard fought. Instead, it ended when Purdy went out. I wanted to rally, but I just knew JJ wasn’t up to it, despite the heart and soul of the players around him. You need a QB.

    I agree on Brock Chuck. I really do think he is the real deal. Looking at Lance, I have been unimpressed with how slow he seems to process info in the pocket. It just kept looking like everything was way too fast for him. I know the niner’s braintrust were gambling he’d be Josh Allen 2.0, but really, Allen is way more quick twitch, on designed and undesigned runs. Maybe Lance will get to that level, but as they say, you can’t teach speed. Even his first 2 or 3 steps seem plodding. Purdy OTH, looks like he processes much faster, sees more, not everything, but more, and generally makes better decisions than JG or TL, albeit Lance’s sample set is still small. But so is Purdys.

    Anyway, I hope he can recover fully from this injury. And I have to gird myself to see how we go with Lance, as that is almost assuredly how we will start, and maybe finish next year, depending on any surgical recovery.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, gonna be a weird-ass season. but Lance gets his shot. The hope is he does well enough to hold the fort, create trade value, and Brock comes back good as new.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      So if and when Purdy comes back full strength, you don’t see the Niners keeping both? I think if Lance proves capable he becomes the backup QB. Especially if Kyle calls plays like he called for Brock. If Kyle uses Trey as a runner and up the middle, well then the Niners might as well throw in the towel for next year right now

  16. unca_chuck says:

    And we draft a QB in the 4th round.

  17. Winder says:

    The injury bug has devastated this team for years now. This years team was the most fun to watch imo than any we have had for a long time. I truly hope Purdy will be ok sounds like he might be ready by TC. I still love this team and yesterday was a heartbreaker I just hope the team can get through it.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    new thread is up\

  19. 12th Man says:

    Heck of a year again and they found a viable QB in Purdy. Still unknown with Lance, but those two are QB 1 and 2. Jimmy G is out.

    I’m a big Shanny fan, very smart dude, but facts are facts, the 9ers had 4 QB’s injured in 1 season. Shanny exposes his QB’s to too high a risk factor with some of his schemes/playcalls.

    He points to other coaches around the league using their QB in similar fashion, which is all well and good, but the fact remains he lost 4 in 1 season. I don’t know what more evidence he needs to see to start taking better care of the most important player on the team.

    Using a 3rd string tight end to block one on one with one of the leagues most ferocious
    pass rushers has ugly written all over it. Yes 20/20 hindsight is easy, but IMO that had a very high chance of at least being a sack. As it turned out Purdy is done for at least 6 months and maybe is never the same again.

    Shanny really needs to re-evaluate the risk/reward percentage and factor that in moving forward. I think they have had an injury to the QB every year he has been HC. Is Jimmy G really made of glass or is some of it that he was exposed to too high of a risk with the scheme/playcall?

    I would guess it’s some of each, but running Lance between the tackles 2 years in a row had the same result.

    Hopefully he makes a few adjustments to better protect the QB moving forward. I would hope John Lynch makes some noise about it and soon.

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