Jimmy Garoppolo did plenty of good things for the 49ers during his tenure, but Brock Purdy is outdoing Jimmy G at every turn now. And one tweet says it all.
Apparently, someone forgot to tell San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy that the final pick of any NFL Draft is supposed to be very much irrelevant. That's why they named the "honor," Mr. Irrelevant.
Well, Purdy is very much relevant and then some. While his rookie campaign was impressive enough to put him in the conversation of being a good-quality starter, the former Iowa State signal-caller is now drawing some serious attention.
And for all the right reasons. After tossing four touchdowns during the Niners' primetime Sunday Night Football beatdown of the Dallas Cowboys, a cool 42-10 victory, Purdy is now putting his name into the limelight against the other generational talents out there.
Oh, and San Francisco has yet to lose a regular-season game since Purdy took over the reins late last season.
Yet there will be those who still think Purdy is a fluke. Some may hearken back to the not-so-distant past when now-Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was at the helm of the 49ers. And for those who think both signal-callers were mere "system" quarterbacks within head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, there's a simple-yet-effective breakdown of why the two are different.
And it doesn't argue in favor of Jimmy G whatsoever (sorry, Garoppolo fans).
Twitter easily explains why Brock Purdy is better for 49ers than Jimmy Garoppolo
Former NFL journeyman quarterback Kurt Benkert, who had a brief stint with the Niners and is now doing his own quarterbacking analysis via his social media platforms, pointed out a truth about Purdy that can never be shaken, saying how "people would be talking about him differently" if he was 6-foot-4 and could throw the ball "70 yards."
Of course, leave it to some Purdy critics to suggest that any quarterback could have success with the kind (and number) of weapons San Francisco deploys to support him.
But, if the 49ers had nearly all of the same weaponry with Garoppolo under center, why didn't he have success as well?
Well, this tweet won, hands down:
For those who didn't watch much 49ers football over the last six-plus years, Garoppolo was interception-prone. He had a 2.6 interception percentage with the Niners during his tenure, and most fans will probably have nightmares about him not seeing that lurking linebacker over the middle of the field (seriously, he never saw him).
While it's a significantly smaller sample size, Purdy's interception percentage to date is just 1.4. And all of his picks thrown came a year ago.
Since then, Purdy has arguably improved and doesn't hesitate to attempt deep throws, frequently making them as he did on back-to-back attempts against the Cowboys -- the first one negated because of a holding penalty, but the second more than made up for it.
Garoppolo's pass charts rarely extended beyond 10 yards from the line of scrimmage, and few passes ever traveled outside the numbers.
Purdy isn't afraid of those throws either, and the difference is showing up with the 49ers scoring exceptionally more points over these first five weeks (30, 30, 30, 35 and 42 in Weeks 1 through 5, respectively) than they did during any stretch with Jimmy G at the helm.
Whatever criteria one elects to use, it's nearly impossible to come to any sort of reasonable conclusion that Garoppolo would have made the Niners offense better. The stats wouldn't back it. Neither would the analytics. And the film would support Purdy over Garoppolo 10 times out of 10.
Sometimes, though, a Twitter (or X) user just has to simplify it. Thank you, @Im_Afflicted.