Speaking to reporters after the 49ers' Week 11 win, Christian McCaffrey had something to say about the doubt Brock Purdy is receiving.
At some point during his storied career, soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady shed the moniker of being NFL Draft pick No. 199 overall who was simply blessed into a perfect situation.
Eventually, he was crowned as a very good quarterback, one who'd go on to become the GOAT (a San Francisco 49ers fan, nonetheless).
This isn't to say second-year quarterback Brock Purdy is on a Brady-like trajectory, but there are some slight similarities. After all, what Purdy is doing over his first two seasons at the pro level has been nothing short of spectacular.
Check out these numbers through 11 weeks of action this season:
At some point, Purdy's critics and doubters are going to have to accept that the quarterback isn't merely a product of the system or because of elite talent around him.
However, running back Christian McCaffrey hopes the critics and doubters stay right where they are.
Christian McCaffrey says Brock Purdy plays better 'with a chip on his shoulder'
Another one of the accolades Purdy checked off during the Niners' Week 11 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was to post a perfect 158.3 passer rating, joining Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only San Francisco signal-callers to accomplish such a feat.
Speaking to reporters after the game, McCaffrey was made aware of the perfect passer rating and offered the following comments.
"That's incredible. He's a baller, man. He's a baller," McCaffrey responded when he found out. "That's a good defense, too. It doesn't shock me, but that is impressive. I'm happy for him."
One reporter, however, pressed about how critics often say, "Brock Purdy did this, but...," and that illicated another key response from McCaffrey.
One that actually embraces the criticism.
"There's always going to be critics. He knows that, everybody in here knows that," McCaffrey responded. "I like it when he plays edgy with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
"I kind of hope the critics keep coming, because it pisses him off and he plays really well."
Purdy, McCaffrey and the Niners hope to keep that kind of critic-rebuffing momentum going when they visit the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving for Thursday Night Football.