Whitner argues 49ers are Purdy’s team even if Jimmy G returns originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
NBC Sports Bay Area’s Donte Whitner says no way.
“Word on the street is Jimmy Garoppolo’s about to get out of a walking boot,” Whitner began on the latest edition of “Hitner’s Hot Take.”
“But with the way that Brock Purdy has been playing over these past few weeks, what he adds to this 49ers offense — being able to improvise, the deep ball, throws outside the numbers — I think that if Jimmy Garoppolo returns, he should be the backup to Brock Purdy.”
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Saturday that Garoppolo will have the walking boot on his surgically-repaired left foot removed after San Francisco’s New Year’s Day matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders.
“The team is holding out hope that there’s a possibility — even though Purdy is playing great — that Garoppolo will be able to play in the postseason,” Glazer said. “But they’ll know more when they get that walking boot taken off after next week’s game.”
As Garoppolo recovers from his Week 13 injury, Purdy since has helped the 49ers extend their current winning streak to eight games. The 22-year-old became the first NFL rookie since 1950 to win each of his first three career starts after defeating the Washington Commanders in their Christmas Eve showdown at Levi’s Stadium.
San Francisco still has two regular-season games remaining, but once the team begins its playoff run, Whitner believes Garoppolo still can serve a valuable role even if he doesn’t start upon his potential return.
“[Garoppolo has] to be the confidante, you have to be that set of eyes that [Purdy] needs to progress through the playoffs, and, ultimately, to win the Super Bowl.
“Love you, Jimmy, but this is Brock Purdy’s show now.”
And so far, the Purdy show has impressed.
But with everything the 49ers have been through this season, it’s safe to say they know the value Garoppolo can provide as both a backup and a starter.