Bumpus: How 2023 will be different for Seahawks’ Geno, 49ers’ Purdy

Jul 9, 2023, 10:02 AM

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Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers and Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 15, 2022. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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Two of the biggest surprises at the quarterback position in 2022 were in the NFC West in Geno Smith for the Seattle Seahawks and Brock Purdy for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Smith became a Pro Bowler in his 10th NFL season despite not having been a full-time starter since 2014.

As for Purdy, the very last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft played exceptionally well after the 49ers lost two other quarterbacks due to injury.

So how will 2023 be different for those two NFC West quarterbacks? Former NFL receiver Michael Bumpus shared his thoughts during Thursday’s Bump and Stacy on Seattle Sports.

“They’re not sneaking up on anybody,” Bumpus said.

Oftentimes when a quarterback has to throw the ball more than 25 times in a game, Bumpus said, they’ll see their completion numbers take a hit. That wasn’t the case for Purdy or Smith, though, so volume passing doesn’t appear to be a concern.

With Purdy, Bumpus shared what he’d do if he were a defensive play-caller.

“If I’m playing against Brock Purdy this year and the 49ers, I’m just gonna load the box up and be like, ‘Alright Brock Purdy, you go out and beat us,'” he said.

The 49ers have an explosive offense, and they lean heavily on their rushing attack.

As for Smith, there’s now “a full year of film” out on him, but he will benefit from two new rookie weapons: wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a first-round pick, and running back Zach Charbonnet, a second-rounder.

“What are they going to do to take away his options?” Bumpus said. “What Geno has in his favor is that now he has two running backs and a receiving corps that’s going to be awesome. With Brock Purdy, can he do it for a full year? So I look at these two and I go, ‘Look man, you guys had good years last year.’ Everyone’s gonna be on this ‘prove it’ type of stuff, which I think they should be because you’ve only seen it for a year with Geno and half a year for Brock Purdy. That’s all it is. The film is out. What do you do to stop these two guys?

“With Purdy, it’s load up the box. With Geno, send blitzes at him … With Geno, I’m thinking, alright, well, I’m just gonna send blitzes at him and make him be that quarterback that he wants to be. At the end of the day, the film is out on these two and they’re gonna have to adjust their game a little bit.”

Listen to the second hour of Thursday’s Bump and Stacy at this link or in the player near the top of this story.

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