Blitzing 49ers QB Brock Purdy doesn't work (and this stat proves it)

Young quarterbacks tend to struggle against the blitz, but Brock Purdy isn't.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) / Cooper Neill/GettyImages

Teams have tried to blitz Brock Purdy a lot this season, but the 49ers quarterback is showing more and more poise against the added pressure.

The New York Giants attempted to do something that would frequently work against young, inexperienced quarterbacks when they squared off against Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.

Blitz. A lot.

At first, it looked as if the G-Men were onto something, as Purdy struggled and went 3-8 to open up the Niners' portion of the scoring. However, as the game wore on, New York kept blitzing but Purdy kept finding more and more success.

In short, blitzing wasn't working. And Purdy ensured that would be the case.

Granted, it helps that head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense is built for versatility while focusing on predetermined reads that often make life for quarterbacks much easier, even if that offense is notoriously complex.

Still, pressure and blitzing can throw off the levels of security from a quarterback-friendly system, yet Purdy has managed a way to thrive regardless.

And the numbers support it.

Blitzing 49ers QB Brock Purdy simply isn't working

Check out this Next Gen Stats tweet from shortly after the Niners' victory over the G-Men in Week 3:

That's part of the extreme evidence from one of the most blitz-happy games in recent memory and the most blitz-happy game since Next Gen Stats became a thing.

Purdy's stat line of 25-of-37 for 310 yards with two touchdowns against zero interceptions highlights his ability to navigate through that pressure.

On top of that, Pro Football Focus took a look at his yearlong numbers when blitzed and came to a similar conclusion. When Purdy has been blitzed, his passer rating is 100.3 compared to 113.5 when he isn't, and few would ever worry about a rating above 100 under such circumstances.

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Oh, and three of his four touchdowns thrown this season have been against the blitz, per PFF.

Now, PFF's data has suggested that Purdy can struggle a bit more when facing four-man pressure; his passer rating dropping to 84.8 when pressured by a four-man pass-rush. But that tends to be the case with most quarterbacks who are looking at seven defenders back in coverage while dealing with the added heat within (or out of) the pocket.

Blitzing, however, is proving to be a strategy that simply isn't going to work for opponents trying to thwart Purdy.

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