Brock Purdy left with ‘bad taste’ in his mouth despite Week 3 win

Sep 22, 2023, 9:30 AM | Updated: 9:57 am

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The San Francisco took a short week by the horns Thursday night, taking care of the New York Giants, 30-12, to go 3-0 to start the 2023 season. But that’s not good enough for Brock Purdy, feeling a little disappointed at the opportunities missed once again.

The second-year QB finished Week 3 with a career-high in passing yards (310) while also throwing two touchdowns against a blitz-heavy Giants defense. Additionally, he threw no interceptions, taking care of the football for the most part.

But those stats don’t really matter to Purdy.

What does matter are the plays he missed, either resulting in an incompletion or putting his teammates in the wrong spot with the football. While a 30-point game is definitely nice, the Arizona native was left with a sour taste after an uneven performance altogether.

“I don’t really get wrapped up in the stats and stuff. There’s some throws out there that I missed that could’ve obviously helped us get the lead earlier, quicker and faster. Those are the things that sort of are in my mouth that I have a bad taste from that I want to be better at. So watch the film, keep getting better and we just want to keep winning,” Brock Purdy told the media Thursday night.

The quarterback’s main focus is to help the team win and that the 49ers are doing with him under center.

But San Francisco isn’t like other teams, satisfied with a big win at home. Instead, they live by the standard of being the best version of themselves day-in-and-day-out. Week 3 wasn’t that for the offense, despite a 30-point performance.

That strive-for-perfection mentality gives them fuel to the fire after every matchup, knowing they will have tougher tests down the road.

“It’s huge. You want to win every game, but we have a high standard. We have a standard that we want to be the best versions of ourselves,” Purdy explained. “For us it’s sort of like, yeah, we win the game which is most important and is great, but there’s stuff out there that we can clean up and be better at. That’s the standard that we have here. We have 14 more games to do that, to be the best versions of ourselves and clean things up. We’re going to take it one day at a time, but it’s huge for us to be 3-0 and have momentum.”

Bringing the 49ers mentality with him to Santa Clara, it’s clear why the team has rallied behind Brock Purdy so much.

Despite being only 23 years old, the Iowa State alum has never lost an NFL game that he started and finished. While Thursday wasn’t one of his best performances by any means, his team is happy with his progress from Mr. Irrevalant to franchise QB.

“It definitely wasn’t his best game, but I think Brock played well. Definitely wasn’t perfect, missed a couple throws but he also made a couple plays that I didn’t think were there [also]. So I was definitely happy with him,” coach Kyle Shanahan said about the QB postgame.

“I’m extremely confident in him and I know when I see him after games, he’s never too high or never too low. Even when there are plays out there that he misses, he’s very keen on trying to make those improvements. He had an amazing day,” defensive end Nick Bosa added about Purdy.

  • Sunday, October 1st vs. Arizona Cardinals – 1:25 PM PST
  • Sunday, October 8th vs. Dallas Cowboys – 5:20 PM PST
  • Sunday, October 15th @ Cleveland Browns – 10:00 AM PST
  • Sunday, October 23rd @Minnesota Vikings – 5:15 PM PST

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