The psyche of a quarterback has to be crushed after a four interception performance. You could tell that the Baltimore Ravens had affected San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy to the point where he was aiming the ball at one point as opposed to letting it loose.
Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey credited Purdy, and spoke about Baltimore’s plan coming into the game:
“We tried. He makes all the right reads. It was really kind of hard to kind of flesh him [out]. We felt if we could get the lead, then maybe that would be our best chance. We were able to get the lead and kind of attempt to flesh him, but it’s hard to stop that guy. He kind of makes all the right reads. Even though he made mistakes tonight, he usually doesn’t make too many mistakes.”
Here’s Kyle Shanahan on what Brock can learn from the game:
“I thought the biggest thing for Brock was the way it went in the first half. I thought just between Brock and I just talking where I thought he struggled the most was after the four picks. I thought his first pick was a bad mistake. I thought the next three were unfortunate ones that you don’t make excuses for, there’s just tough football plays and they made some good football plays. But it’s tough to play a lot of football after you have four picks and stuff, especially when you’re down versus that type of defense. I think that was the best experience for him. How to feel that, to know what’s happened, to know why it’s happened, and still have to go out there and sling it around and play. I think that’s the best experience you can get from that game.”
The biggest thing for any player after a bad game is to flush it. Turn the page and move on. Shanahan echoed a similar sentiment:
“He’s just got to move forward and treat it as a game. We review the game. He does it on his own before I see him. I got some time to watch it with him yesterday. I know it’s always tough when you have four picks, no touchdowns, especially when you have four of them by two minutes into the third quarter. But, you also look into at all of them, you talk to him about why they happened, what happened. When you look in that game, it’s not a hard thing for him to bounce back from and get to work this week. There’s a couple bad plays, the first one in particular. But when you get a look at the tape, there’s nothing, that’s very similar to coaching than what we do every week.”
If there were ever a defense to “get right” against for Purdy, it’s the Washington Commanders.