San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy didn’t have a bad game Sunday, but he didn’t have a great game, either.
The second-year quarterback completed 17-of-25 attempts for 206 yards in the 30-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. But he overthrew several receivers on what could have been big plays.
Afterward, Purdy immediately accepted the blame for those mistakes. That really impressed 49ers star wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
In case you missed Purdy’s apology, he mentioned the incompletions to Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings.
“I just overthrew them — the one to BA, the one to Deebo, and then JJ on that third down,” Purdy said (via 49ersWebZone). “Those are on me. I’ve got to be better. I’ve got to hit them in stride and not overthrow them. Simple as that.”
Samuel told Steph Sanchez of the 49KPodcast Tuesday that sense of responsibility is why the team loves Purdy.
“That’s why we love Brock in this building … he don’t make excuses. He takes responsibility for his mistakes,” Samuel said. “Even though we were talking about it on the sideline … I think that’s why we love Brock in this offense as a leader of this team.
“That’s why he’s got the captain (patch) on his shirt. It’s little things like that, you know what I’m saying? People try to blame somebody else or try to blame something else, but he took full responsibility.”
“That’s why we love Brock in this building… he don’t make excuses. He takes responsibility for his mistakes.”
I can imagine why that could speak volumes to your receivers. I’m sure it’s been a refreshing change. https://t.co/V4WLwCUMSL
— Steph Sanchez (@Steph49K) September 19, 2023
Purdy’s stunning rise from being “Mr. Irrelevant” as the last selection in the 2022 draft to the quarterback of one of the NFL’s best offenses has been well documented. One of the big attributes people mention for his success is his attitude and leadership, on and off the field.
As Samuel noted, it’s why he’s a team captain.