If there's one player who looks forward to playing quarterback well, it's 49ers legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana.
With San Francisco one win away from capturing the franchise's sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, second-year quarterback Brock Purdy will lead the 49ers under center in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium as he looks to silence his many critics by outshining star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. And the Kansas City Chiefs.
join montanaRich Eisen ShowThis week in Las Vegas, he discusses Purdy's rise in the NFL and why the doubt surrounding the young player is misplaced.
“I'm not sure what they're talking about,” Montana told Eisen. “The guy plays good football and everyone still doubts him.” “I think he understands this offense, and he understands the people around him. He doesn't force plays if he doesn't have to. But you can always tell when a guy is comfortable on offense when he plays like Brock plays.”
“Don't question it, guess the draft. It's proof, [Tom] Brady's evidence is that they haven't figured out how to word it. What is important, what is not important. Because you don't know who will make this transition. “I don't know why people doubt it.”
Pundits often call Purdy a “game manager,” downplaying his performance season in which he was a finalist for the NFL MVP Award, was named an NFC Pro Bowl starter and broke countless league and franchise records in large part due to the surrounding supporting cast with it. .
Montana also joined the “Dan Patrick ShowThis week he offered his advice to Purdy ahead of the 24-year-old's first Super Bowl appearance and explained how Purdy's situation in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense compares to his situation under legendary coach Bill Walsh.
“Don't do anything different than you've been doing,” Montana said of his advice to Purdy. “I like what he's been doing. He's found a way to understand what this offense is, and the people around him can only make it better. His job is to find a way to get the ball to these guys.”
“That's the way the Bell offense usually worked when we had Jerry [Rice] And John Taylor. John Taylor goes twice over 90 [yards] In the [Dec. 11, 1989 49ers-Rams game]. I threw two seven-yard passes on a slant, but in the books, I had 190 passing yards and two touchdowns.”
Montana seems to subscribe to the belief that all signal callers are technically “game managers” or “system quarterbacks,” and he, a four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and first-ballot Hall of Famer, is no different. of Fame.
A win for Purdy over the defending champion Chiefs on Sunday would go a long way toward silencing a large group of remaining doubters.
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