The dominant performance of Brock Purdy in the opening win against the Steelers shows: The 49ers did everything right in firing Trey Lance. Comment.
It was just over a fortnight ago that the San Francisco 49ers fired their quarterback Trey Lance.
A short time, sure. But enough to say already now: It was the Niners’ spot-on decision.
Because with Lance, they have finally cleared up a misunderstanding that had caused a lot of fuss and negative headlines around the traditional franchise from California for two years.
Just in time for the start of the NFL season, everything is now different. Calm has returned to the Bay Area.
Not only because Lance could be shipped to Dallas to join the Cowboys, but above all because Brock Purdy has become fit in time and is picking up where he left off before his serious elbow injury to his throwing hand in the Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the first game, the 23-year-old led his team to a never-threatening 30-7 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers with two touchdown passes and a total of 220 yards, building on his stellar rookie season last year.
The first NFL quarterback ever to score at least two touchdowns in his first six regular-season games as a starter. He also posted a passer rating of 95 or higher in each game – another first in the league.
Brock Purdy two short stints are enough to prepare him
These numbers are all the more remarkable because Purdy was only able to make two short appearances in the Niners’ final preseason games before the game against the Steelers.
But again, it showed that the team’s faith in their “Mr. Irrelevant” of last year was paying off. They didn’t rush despite their quarterback’s lengthy rehabilitation, but gave him the time he needed.
Purdy paid it back with a performance that once again makes the entire team a Super Bowl contender.
Lance, on the other hand, came up short, as expected, in the Cowboys’ 40-0 season-opening win over the Giants, and must continue to line up behind Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush.
Safe. Lance was injured for a long time and when he was fit he also showed his class with the 49ers – but only to some extent and far too rarely.
Considering that he had already cost the San Francisco team the 2022 and 2023 first-round picks and a 2022 third-round pick in a trade with the Miami Dolphins before the draft two years ago, he has to be classified as an immensely expensive mistake. The 49ers have now corrected this and made a spot-on decision.
After all, the 49ers negotiated a fourth-round pick with the Cowboys for Lance for next year.
More importantly, they are already one of the hottest teams in the NFL this year – with Purdy, and without their problem case finally gone.