December 8, 2023

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How Brock Purdy’s valuable leadership lesson will help the 49ers move forward – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

How Brock Purdy’s valuable leadership lesson will help the 49ers move forward – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

The 49ers’ ugly Week 6 loss to the Cleveland Browns was a learning experience for everyone involved and perhaps none more than quarterback Brock Purdy.

The 23-year-old had the worst game of his young NFL career, completing 12 of 27 pass attempts for 125 yards and one touchdown while throwing his first interception of the season and posting a dismal 55.3 passer rating.

Purdy joined Rich Eisen on the latest episode of “The Rich Eisen Show,” where he was asked to name the most important thing he’s learned from the game. Purdy felt he did not do a good enough job as a leader in the face of adversity.

“I would just say the process is complex, our offense is complex,” Purdy said. “Just making sure a couple of our key players like Depo go down [Samuel] And the Christian [McCaffrey]being able to help people who come to the huddle who maybe haven’t gotten those reps in practice allowing them to get ready for play calls and things like that.

“This is something I take. Ray Ray [McCloud] Elijah Mitchell and JP Mason came out to support Christian and Deebo. I feel like I could have done a better job of helping them figure out where we’re supposed to line up, what plays we should run and things like that. Moving forward, I have to be better at it.”

Although Purdy is in his second season and still learning the intricacies of coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, he takes on the role of quarterback and leader to teach and instill confidence in other young players.

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“As a midfielder in general, you know? For us to be ready and moving as an offense, I feel like there are times when we break the huddle, I can say, ‘Hey, you’re here.'” “Just reminding them, little reminders,” Purdy explained. “Especially On the road the environment is crazy, sometimes it’s hard to hear, but just being prepared for moments like that I feel like can help them out and help them get into a groove and help build their confidence. For some reason, I feel like I’m taking it on myself.”

Samuel, McCaffrey and left tackle Trent Williams are all dealing with injuries, and their status for San Francisco’s Monday Night Football matchup with the Minnesota Vikings is up in the air.

If one or more of the 49ers’ stars are unable to play, Purdy will look to step in as a leader and make sure any backup plays are primed for success.

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