Why Eagles’ Sirianni adopted ‘winner’ Purdy intently in school initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Long earlier than 49ers rookie Brock Purdy was making waves within the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni already was accustomed to the quarterback’s sport.
Thanks to a shared Iowa State connection, Sirianni is aware of precisely what his workforce faces in Purdy as they put together for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
“Just that he is a winner,” Sirianni stated Monday when requested what he knew about Purdy earlier than this week. “Obviously, I at all times comply with Iowa State and their program as a result of I’ve so many school teammates and roommates that coach there.”
Sirianni performed school soccer on the University of Mount Union within the early 2000s alongside Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, who handed Purdy the reigns of his offense through the quarterback’s freshman 12 months in 2018.
Despite coming in as a third-string quarterback (sound acquainted?), Purdy went on to start out all 4 years for the Cyclones. He and Campbell led Iowa State to one in every of its most profitable seasons ever in 2020, full with a Fiesta Bowl victory, and Purdy held 32 faculty data when he left this system a 12 months later.
And Sirianni adopted all of it, particularly as he was scouting late-round quarterbacks.
“You noticed what [Purdy] did for that program, proper? Matt’s clearly an incredible head coach, however he acquired an incredible quarterback in Brock Purdy,” Sirianni continued. “… I’d examine the rating, Purdy had an superior sport and so they received once more. And that is what I seen with him, that he is a winner.
“When you are shut with different coaches like that, you have got conversations backwards and forwards — and that is going again to when Brock was at Iowa State — like, ‘Hey, what are you doing? We watched this on tape proper right here, this appears good, this and that.’ The frequent theme, at all times, from them was that we have a quarterback that may prepared the ground and discover the suitable place to go together with the soccer persistently.
“Just a playmaker.”
Sirianni left no stone unturned in his compliments of Purdy, and the quarterback has lived as much as these scouting reviews throughout his time because the 49ers’ starter. Purdy has but to lose a sport he has began for San Francisco, making loads of franchise and NFL historical past alongside the way in which.
RELATED: Purdy-Hurts duel can be rematch of epic school conflict
His largest problem but will come when he faces the NFC’s No. 1-seeded Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, with loads at stake.
But as Sirianni famous, Purdy is aware of a factor or two about methods to win.
Download and comply with the 49ers Talk Podcast