49ers legend Joe Montana offers interesting ‘game manager’ experience to Brock Purdy – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

49ers legend Joe Montana offers interesting ‘game manager’ experience to Brock Purdy – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Ahead of the 49ers’ Super Bowl LVIII matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium, NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Brock Purdy continues to receive the “game manager” tag and other harsh criticism.

The latest to enter the scene and address the hype? San Francisco legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.

On Friday’s episode of ESPN’s “Pat McAfee Show,” the four-time Vince Lombardi Trophy winner offered an interesting analysis of Purdy’s role with the 49ers.

“The thing I see (with Purdy) is something I discovered early in my career — what the offense is about,” Montana told McAfee. It was about getting the ball to people who know what to do with it because I’m a postman — (the football) doesn’t belong to me — I want to get it to someone who knows how to run, who knows how to catch.

“We had, especially late in my career, guys like Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Brent Jones (and) Roger Craig — all you have to do is get the ball to them. If you look at the weapons that Brock uses, he figured out that offense. He understands what his situation is. He’s not trying to make a big play. He knows when that opportunity is going to come and when he needs to make it, but in most cases, he’s okay with throwing the ball. “I have good defense, too,” and that’s what we had, pretty much the same thing. .

“(Purdy) understands (his role), he’s calm in (the pocket). He has a great presence and doesn’t try to knock you out with the football. “He’s got a great, catchable ball.”

Montana credits Purdy for understanding his responsibilities within coach Kyle Shanahan’s dominant, star-studded offense.

The 67-year-old even sees glimpses of himself in the young Iowa product, as Montana has been surrounded by talent like Rice and Taylor, who he mentioned, similar to how Purdy turned to stars like Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle.

However, Montana offered an interesting take on the overall success of the 49ers offense, describing Purdy’s importance at the position.

“(Purdy) hasn’t had the opportunity to work with other receivers and I think that’s not a negative on him, but people haven’t seen him do that yet,” Montana explained. “There was clearly some reason why the 49ers selected him (with) the last pick in the (2022 NFL Draft), the things they saw on the tape.

“I don’t think it will matter who is there. Right now, (Purdy) is lucky because he has some good players who can give him the ball and go the distance, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone has had those in their life. So I don’t think twice about it.” “It’s a plus for him.”

If anyone knows what it takes to lead San Francisco to glory, it’s Montana, where the former quarterback remains the 49ers’ all-time leader in passing yards (35,124), passing touchdowns (244) and completions (2,929).

Purdy, who has thrown for 5,654 yards and 44 touchdowns over his first two seasons, has a long way to go to reach No. 16 in the San Francisco record books.

But the second-year signal-caller continues to impress, proudly leading the 49ers to their eighth Super Bowl appearance.

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