It’s impressive how durability has shunned the 49ers quarterback position since Kyle Shanahan took over as head coach. San Francisco has been the unluckiest team in the league when looking at the team’s injury history since 2017.
Injuries had bitten the Niners so badly this season that they were done playing the second half of the NFC Championship with a quarterback who completely tore up his UCL.
Tom Brady was always going to wade his way into the 49ers offseason discussion, whether Brock Purdy remained healthy or not. We’ll skip the guesswork today as to whether he’ll be under Bay Area center for the 2023 season.
But Brady shared his thoughts on the team he grew up on on his Let’s Go! podcast:
“Injuries play a part in every game and your margin of error changes a bit. Obviously San Fran had, you know, really no chance to compete. It was hard to see that happen, but in same time, that’s the reality of the sport. Philly deserved it. They had an incredible season. They played well on defense. They forced that pass and Brock’s injured wrist or elbow.
Brady went on to highlight the injuries that every Super Bowl quarterback faces:
“It’s really part of the sport. It’s a contact sport, and that’s why it’s a demolition derby. And that’s why, you know, all of these games are somewhat unpredictable. You’re going to the Super Bowl, Patrick sprained his ankle, Jalen hurt his shoulder. Anything can happen in the first quarter of the game, and of course it will affect the result. So if you’re relegated to getting the ball under 28 points or whatever in the fourth quarter, there’s no chance of coming back then.
Give the 49ers defense all the credit in the world. They came to play and bought several offensive series to score. But, as Brady pointed out, there wasn’t much of a chance for the 49ers to come back given the circumstances.