I’ve only been watching highlights, but I wanted to make a comment on the upcoming 49ers-Eagles game. Given the 49ers talented roster and success with a third string QB, I’ve heard one or two commentators wonder if this is a better strategy than paying a lot for a QB. Here’s my comment:
I like the formula of a great defense/special teams and strong, physical run game, but the QB is still really critical–not in terms of putting up big numbers–but making several key plays in big moments, while also protecting the football. Jimmy G couldn’t do that against the Chiefs in 2019 Super Bowl, and I think that’s a big reason the 49ers lost. (And the 49er defense intercepted Mahomes twice.) In my view, Brock Purdy can’t just protect the football–I think he’s going to have to make a few big time throws and perform in high stakes situations. If I felt the 49er defense was in the all-time great conversation, I’d feel differently, but my impression is that they’re very good, not great.
Now, Hurts could turnover the ball multiple times, the 49er running game goes wild or the 49er special teams has one or two big plays. Barring that, Purdy is going to have to come through in a few big moments in my view.