Even the best quarterbacks have had losing streaks, and the 49ers' Brock Purdy had his. Only to bounce back with one of the best games of his young career in Week 10.
During the San Francisco 49ers' three-game losing streak, quarterback Brock Purdy looked very much like a late pick in Round 7 of the NFL Draft.
Perhaps it was due to some of his top offensive weapons being out with injury. Perhaps the law of averages, those suggesting he was a bottom-ranked prospect coming out of college, finally caught up with him.
That said, go pick your favorite quarterback from the NFL annals, and you'll find a three-game rough patch.
The second-year signal-caller went 19-of-26 for 296 yards, three touchdowns against zero interceptions and a 148.9 passer rating in San Francisco's 34-3 smashing of Jacksonville.
With that, Purdy now as an 11-3 regular-season record with 28 passing touchdowns against nine interceptions over his still-young career, and his 109.9 passer rating currently leads all qualifying quarterbacks this season.
At some point, Purdy can no longer just be classified as a product of head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. After all, other quarterbacks have tried and failed to produce with the 49ers in the manner Purdy has.
And the stats are beginning to reveal why Purdy is special.
Brock Purdy is setting new records and joining elite NFL company in the process
Comb through some of the stats and analytics out there, and it's not hard to find Purdy toward the very top.
Some of the below numbers and rankings from CBS Sports are pretty insane, honestly:
Are those numbers sustainable? And what happens with the Niners have to start bidding farewell to their superstar talent around Purdy to afford what'll likely be the heftiest contract in franchise history?
Can he be effective without an All-Pro roster?
Some of the numbers still suggest so, as there have been plenty of star quarterbacks with superstar talent around them, only to not achieve as much as Purdy has during his brief tenure as a starter.
Purdy has dented not only single-season record and achievements. He's also putting himself into categories with Hall of Famers, too.
As our friend, Al Sacco of 49ers Webzone pointed out, "Purdy is the second QB in NFL history" to have three games of three-plus touchdown throws a passer rating of 140-plus in his first two seasons, and the only other quarterback to do it was Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.
Warner appreciated the sentiment and appreciated Purdy, too:
Warner's remark of it being "hard to fall into things like this" is probably the statement those who feel Purdy is a fluke need to hear.
If Purdy was merely putting up OK stats, it'd be one thing. He's thriving in spite of the earlier losing streak and in light of having a superstar cast.
At some point (again), it's simply enough to say that Pury is awfully good.