Brock Purdy has had a start to his career that nobody saw coming, but this one metric shows exactly how astonishing his rise has been in the NFL.
The San Francisco 49ers are riding high, enjoying a 5-0 start to the season and enjoying the adoration of the media as the consensus top team in football following a 42-10 massacre of the rival Dallas Cowboys.
While being top of the power rankings is always nice, there's still a lot of work to do. Despite the news that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson may miss the Week 6 clash, the Niners won't be looking past a defense that looks every bit as daunting (if not more so) than the Cowboys.
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One of the reasons the 49ers are riding high is quarterback Brock Purdy, who has exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations entering his second season as a pro and his first season as the undisputed starting quarterback. Purdy has gone 98-of-136 passing for 1,271 yards and nine touchdowns against zero interceptions. He also has two additional touchdowns on the ground.
Purdy isn't just getting it done with the wins or the stats either, and even the analytics are diving deep into what's making the young quarterback so good in 2023.
Check out this doozy by Arjun Menon:
There's a lot of fancy speak in this one tweet, so to put it simply: The further to the top right corner you are, the better you are. Purdy is third in the NFL for taking advantage of when the defense makes a mistake in coverage, and is first in the NFL to throw well against perfect coverage.
In fact, he's the only quarterback to have a positive EPA when throwing into perfect coverage. EPA, or Expected Points Added, is basically a metric that analysts use to see how well teams score above how they normally would. This is usually determined by both field position, and circumstances on the field.
If it's too complicated (I don't blame you if it is), all you need to know is Purdy is so good at dissecting defenses that he's literally on a whole other level compared to the rest of the league.
While it's too early to see how serious Purdy's MVP conversation would be, a sixth Lombardi Trophy is certainly a possibility if he keeps his amazing form going.