Kyle Shanahan taking his time deciding which QB starts next game

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Kyle Shanahan isn’t in a rush to decide who starts the 49ers’ Week 10 game against the Giants. San Francisco doesn’t play for 10 days — until a Monday night game against the Giants — and the players have four days off.

“I don’t need to decide, yet, so I’m taking my time,” Shanahan said Friday, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “And I also wouldn’t want to do that with all of the guys out of the building.”

Shanahan said the quarterback “who we think gives us the best chance to win versus the Giants” will start.

Nick Mullens, though, likely earned a second start even though his debut came against the Raiders defense. His 151.9 passer rating was the best in league history for a debut among quarterbacks with at least 16 pass attempts

Mullens completed 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

C.J. Beathard, who missed Thursday’s game with right wrist and thumb injuries, is only 1-9 in 10 starts. His lone victory came last season against the Giants.

11 responses to “Kyle Shanahan taking his time deciding which QB starts next game

  1. Shanahan may have a brilliant offensive mind, but his obvious lack of skills in evaluating talent may be a problem. Two players immediately come to mind. RAHEEM MOSTERT. Last preseason, in one game he made a beautiful 23 yard run with a straight-arm and scored on an 87-yard screen pass. He’s the fastest of the RBs at 4.32, and is a tough physical runner, a good blocker and pass protector, as well as the best gunner in the league. Back to the bench. Shanahan reluctantly played him. Had Mostert not broken his arm, he was well on his way to a great season.

    Next is NICK MULLENS. Shanahan says he knows the offense better than anyone but Shanahan himself. He has had two years with Mullens who is obviously far more skilled than Beathard. Yet, one week ago he said “the best quarterback on our team is CJ Beathard”. He was either lying or is the worst evaluator of talent we could possibly have. Even Stevie Wonder could see that Mullens’ release, pocket presence, etc. are far superior to CJ.

    I think the Coach favors those who were drafted. MOSTERT and MULLENS have that in common. They are UNDRAFTED. If they look too good, the GM looks like a dummy for not drafting them. This is not new. This is the NFL.

  2. Hmmm, should I start the guy who started hot and finished hot, or go with the guy who was ice cold, for a long stretch, even BEFORE he injured his thumb.

    Gee, I’m so… conflicted. Yeah, that’s it. I’m conflicted.

  3. this should be a no brainer…i like CJ, but he’s proven he’s only a mediocre backup(sorry CJ), but Mullens comes in and does a Jimmy G like the end of last year? yeah, you start Mullins. who cares about #1 pick, if Jimmy G was starting we were probably looking at a good shot to make the playoffs. the 49ers were getting real good, we have a really good team now, let’s finish the season in style…eh Kyle?

  4. C.j has been there just as long as Mullens, yet only 1 QB has been said to the know the playbook just as well as the coaches do. In watching every 49ers game this year (yes, poor me) Mullens is the only one I noticed calling a successful audible, which he did on his 2nd play in the NFL. He’s also the only qb that didn’t allow a delay of game penalty, not to mention the more obvious no turn overs/picks.

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