Chiefs' defensive coordinator on Brock Purdy: 'He didn't flinch'

Chiefs' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had nothing but praise for 49ers' quarterback Brock Purdy.

Super Bowl LVIII - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs
Super Bowl LVIII - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages

While the San Francisco 49ers came up short in the Super Bowl, the defensive staff of the Kansas City Chiefs has had nothing but kind words to say about quarterback Brock Purdy.

That includes defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Chiefs' defensive coordinator praises Brock Purdy

In a recent interview, Spagnuolo talked about Purdy's composure in the game and how that was consistent throughout the playoffs. He spoke about how even if he got hit Purdy would bounce right back up and get after it on the next play without fear.

Purdy also played so well against the zone coverage of the Chiefs that they had to start playing more man coverage to try to limit his effectiveness.

That speaks volumes to the level Purdy played at on the game's biggest stage.

That was the reputation that Tom Brady built up over the course of his career: do not play zone defense against Brady because he is so adept at reading it that he will just pick you apart. Keep in mind, that is the reputation of the GOAT and it is basically what the defensive staff of the Chiefs admitted in the Super Bowl.

Purdy is doing these things so early in his career and at such a high level. It seems obvious that while he had a tremendous 2023 season, he has not yet reached his ceiling as a starter in the NFL.

He will have a full offseason not spent rehabbing from injury to try to improve his craft at quarterback as well as become more familiar with Kyle Shanahan's playbook.

The narratives around Purdy will not fully change until he wins a Super Bowl, but the fact that Spagnuolo has such respect for how Purdy played shows that for those who watch the film, what Purdy brings to the table is obvious.

Niners fans can only hope that he keeps on bringing it for many years to come.

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