The curious connection between Eagles’ Nick Sirianni and 49ers’ Brock Purdy

Nick Sirianni has a curious connection with Brock Purdy, the unbelievable 49ers quarterback who will attempt to finish the Eagles’ season Sunday.

Sirianni performed school soccer at NCAA Division III Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, the place one in all his teammates was Matt Campbell, Purdy’s coach at Iowa State.

Small world.

So which means Sirianni can be calling Campbell this week to get some inside data on the 23-year-old rookie?

Nope.

“Matt and I could also be good mates, and we’re good mates, however each sport that Brock Purdy performs properly in, I believe that is good for recruiting at Iowa State,” Sirianni stated with fun. “So I’m not asking him as a result of I’m unsure I’m going to get nice data from him as a result of if the Eagles play properly, how does that assist Iowa State? It would not. But if Purdy performs properly, it should assist him.”

There’s additionally an Eagles connection to how Purdy even made the 49ers’ 53-man roster this previous summer time as a late-round rookie.

It was former Eagle Nate Sudfeld that Purdy beat out for a job.

“When he first began out, he obtained so few reps due to what number of reps we have been giving to Trey [Lance] and Nate, however each time he obtained his one or two reps in apply, simply how decisive he was and obtained the ball to the precise spot and did it aggressively,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan stated Monday.

“Never appeared uncertain of something and so he stored incomes extra reps, and the extra reps we gave him the extra he continued to look the identical and did not take any steps again, and then he carried it over to a few of the preseason video games .

“So by the tip of that, it was fairly simple to see how Brock was coming and we knew we needed to maintain him on the roster and not threat him going to apply squad, so it was a choice we needed to make.”

Purdy made the staff, Trey Lance obtained harm, Jimmy Garoppolo obtained harm, and now Purdy is 7-0 as a starter, together with playoff wins over the Seahawks and Cowboys.

On Sunday he’ll come to Philly to strive and grow to be the primary rookie quarterback to achieve a Super Bowl.

The 49ers and Eagles meet at 3 pm Sunday on the Linc within the NFC Championship Game. The winner faces Sunday’s Chiefs-Bengals winner in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 12.

“He’s a winner,” Sirianni stated of Purdy. “Obviously, I at all times observe Iowa State and their program as a result of I’ve so many school teammates and roommates that coach there. Since Matt turned the top coach at Iowa State, I’ve at all times adopted them, and clearly keep in contact with Matt.

“But you noticed what he did for that program. Matt is clearly an amazing head coach, however he obtained an amazing quarterback in Brock Purdy, and you noticed what he did for that program. And all of the issues he did for them. I (would) examine the rating, Purdy had an superior sport, and they gained once more. That’s what I discover with him, that he is a winner.”

Purdy went 30-17 in 4 years at Iowa State, broke 32 college data and completed with 81 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

With the 49ers, he original a 119.0 passer ranking within the common season, the best ever by a rookie in his first 5 begins, and he is at 109.9 within the postseason.

Sirianni adopted Iowa State carefully this previous fall due to his friendship with Campbell and had many conversations with him about his QB.

“Obviously, once you’re shut with different coaches like that, you might have conversations again and forth … like, ‘Hey, what are you guys doing on the tape proper right here? This seemed good,’ this and that.

“The frequent theme at all times from them is, ‘Hey, we have a quarterback that may paved the way and discover the precise place to go along with the soccer persistently, who’s only a playmaker.'”

The final rookie to return into the Linc and beat the Eagles was Jameis Winston in 2015. Since 1990, the Eagles are 16-5-1 at residence towards rookies.

The Eagles have by no means confronted a rookie quarterback within the postseason. The youngest quarterback to beat them in a playoff sport in Philadelphia was 24-year-old Scott Brunner of the Giants in 1981. He accomplished 9 passes.

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