49ers CEO Jed York revealed something that Kyle Shanahan told him about Brock Purdy, and what he said might shock you.
By now, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is a household name.
Even for fans who think he's merely a product of head coach Kyle Shanahan's system, benefiting almost entirely from an array of Pro Bowl- and All-Pro-caliber weaponry, Purdy is at the high point of discussion circles and is poised to make a start in the Super Bowl in only his second season as a pro.
Regardless of one's opinion of Purdy, the final pick in the NFL Draft isn't supposed to have that kind of trajectory.
That said, what if someone predicted that Purdy would go from Mr. Irrelevant to being a household name with a potential Super Bowl ring on his hand in a game he started in such a quick timeframe?
What if that someone was Shanahan himself?
Kyle Shanahan made bold prediction to Jed York about Brock Purdy
OK, so perhaps Shanahan didn't envision that Purdy would be a front-runner for NFL MVP for the vast majority of the 2023 season.
But Shanahan seemed to know that the Niners had something special in the former Iowa State signal-caller, who began his pro career as an unheralded third-string quarterback behind two other high-profile names on San Francisco's roster.
In an interview with reporters, including The Athletic's David Lombardi, CEO Jed York revealed some details about a conversation he had with Shanahan back in 2022 training camp that centered around Purdy right ahead of his rookie year:
"I think our third-string quarterback is our best quarterback," Shanahan told York, according to the CEO himself.
At the time, San Francisco was looking to get its high-profile second-year signal-caller, Trey Lance, into the starting fray after he rode the bench his rookie 2021 season behind then-starter, Jimmy Garoppolo.
"I think that Brock will be our quarterback at some point," Shanahan apparently told York, as described in the interview.
Lance suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2 that season, which led to Garoppolo reclaiming his starting job. Only he went down with an injury, too, which led to Purdy taking over that starting spot and never looking back.
With both Lance and Garoppolo dismissed entering 2023, Purdy effectively proved Shanahan correct.