Brock Purdy moved from the 49ers’ third-string quarterback to QB1 in three months and is two wins away from Super Bowl LVII.
All as a rookie.
But Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t see it that way as he prepares to continue the legendary rivalry with the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round at Levi’s Stadium.
When asked if the Cowboys can take advantage of Purdy’s inexperience as a rookie, McCarthy denied that idea entirely, claiming it will be business as usual.
“You can’t get too far from what you believe and from your preparation,” McCarthy told reporters Thursday. “You have to trust the video you have of him. We’re not studying college tape or anything like that, he’s got plenty of film now and he’s playing at a very high level.
“He is no longer a rookie in our eyes.”
According to McCarthy, Purdy doesn’t play like a rookie. There have been very, very few instances where it’s easy to believe he started in just six NFL games.
Sure, mistakes happen with a 23-year-old rookie QB at the helm, but there weren’t many.
McCarthy shared what has impressed him the most so far with Purdy’s stunning performance.
“The three things that have stood out to me watching him and also getting the chance to see him live lately are his instincts, his awareness and his confidence,” said McCarthy. “For a young player he certainly looks very confident and comfortable in the system.
“He throws on time. You can tell by his instincts. The sense of defensive versatility doesn’t seem to phase him. You don’t see it [him] making panic decisions.”
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In his seven games since taking over from Jimmy Garoppolo, Purdy has thrown 16 touchdown passes, walked two more and thrown just three interceptions.
The game against Dallas will be Purdy’s biggest test yet, and all eyes will be on the young QB.
Regardless of how the season ends, one thing is certain: From the last pick in the 2022 NFL draft to “Mr. Anything but Irrelevant,” Purdy’s rookie season will be one to remember.
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