L’Jarius Sneed Rips Purdy Postgame – ‘We Just Wanted Brock To Throw the Ball’

Chiefs DB L'Jarius Sneed did not hold back when it comes to discussing Kansas City's defensive plan to put the ball in Brock Purdy's hands.

The discourse surrounding San Francisco 49ers QB Brock Purdy has been ongoing and doesn’t look to have an end in sight following Super Bowl 58. With some questioning his validity as a true difference-maker, with some even calling Purdy a game manager, the conversation surrounding the young QB’s impact on a game is divisive.

Following the Kansas City Chiefs‘ Super Bowl victory, defensive back L’Jarius Sneed spoke about Purdy and the game plan they had in place for the quarterback. His comments won’t do anything to settle down the conversation and may even intensify those who feel a certain way about him.

Chiefs’ L’Jarius Sneed Rips Brock Purdy After the Super Bowl

The best defensive minds in football look to take out your best player and force you to beat them with a perceived weakness. In the case of Super Bowl 58, the Chiefs’ plan was to try and stop 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey and force the game into Purdy’s hands, according to Sneed.

“Yes, we knew they were gonna try to run the ball,” Sneed said. “We knew what they were gonna try to do. We just wanted Brock to throw the ball.”

Those are interesting comments from the Chiefs’ defender as this may further add fuel to the fire of discourse regarding Purdy and his status amongst other NFL quarterbacks.

The plan of attack worked because Kansas City won the game, but ultimately, it wasn’t like they completely shut Purdy down, either.

Purdy completed 23 of 38 passes for 255 yards and one touchdown with a passer rating of 89.3 and zero turnovers. He was also only sacked once, despite the plan to bring pressure.

It’s hard to argue with the result as the Chiefs left the field victorious and winners of back-to-back Super Bowls. However, the idea that Purdy was an obvious weakness or someone who was going to be rattled into making mistakes did not come to fruition.

The idea that they were going to put the ball in Purdy’s hand rather than McCaffrey feels much more like a smart decision, than one rooted in disrespect. McCaffrey is the best running back in football and the Offensive Player of the Year. Trying to take the ball out of his hand is not only smart, it’s vital.

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Everything San Francisco does is predicated on a successful run game. Play-action passing, the threat of McCaffrey having the football, the pre-snap motion — everything centers around having a quality running game.

McCaffrey had his opportunities, but Kansas City did enough to win the game, so no matter how you look at it, it was successful. It just may not be as damning of a shot at Purdy as some may perceive it to be after all.

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