Nick Mullens will start at quarterback for 49ers

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While the 49ers held out some hope about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s ankle, they also weren’t kidding themselves.

Via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Friday morning during an interview on KNBR that Nick Mullens would start Sunday against the Giants.

Garoppolo suffered an ankle sprain in last week’s carnage against the Jets, and the 49ers have made it reasonably clear this week he wasn’t going to be ready.

Shanahan also said that running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman wouldn’t play this week, but he wasn’t ready to make a declaration on tight end George Kittle.

Kittle was out last week with a knee issue, but has practiced some this week, and they’re holding out hope he can help their backup quarterback.

15 responses to “Nick Mullens will start at quarterback for 49ers

  1. Giants may get a surprise win out of this meeting. Even the NFLPA has found nothing wrong with the MetLife field, but the 49ers are so spooked about that surface, you may see a bunch of “turf monster tackles” helping out the Giants defense.

  2. Please take Cousins, straight up Vikings will pay his salary. But then again if Vikings want number 1 pick we’ll have to keep him.

  3. Jimmy’s contract option might not be picked up in the spring. Pats have Cam Newton on the minimum deal, they made the right call.

  4. After Mullens comes 3rd teamer CJ Beathard, a WFT legacy. Given the Giants’ rising defense and Mullens’ inexperience, look for Beathard to see playing time in the Swamp.

  5. Not all of the injuries had anything to do with the turf. Garoppolo took a low hit (not called) and that’s when he got hurt. The other injuries are likely due to not being used to playing on turf and no pre-season. They weren’t in proper shape.

    The perfect storm for the Niners.

    If the Giants come out fast, they have a chance to beat the Niners.

  6. San Fran will still come out victorious. I don’t think Mullens is as huge a drop off from Jimmy G as people think.

  7. Rip it Off says:
    September 25, 2020 at 12:47 pm
    After Mullens comes 3rd teamer CJ Beathard, a WFT legacy. Given the Giants’ rising defense and Mullens’ inexperience, look for Beathard to see playing time in the Swamp.

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    Small sample size, but Mullins second all-time passing yards per game as a starter.

  8. Insiders say Mullens has a better grasp of the playbook than Jimmy G. And he’s mobile. I think Niners win convincingly

    How did the NFC East get so bad? Does 7-9 win this division?

  9. Mullens is underrated…He may not be a long-term answer but I can see him making a double-digit year career as a plug-n-play guy a la Fitzmagic.

  10. Record with the Forty Niners as a starter:

    Mullens: 3-5

    Garoppolo: 23-5

    Yeah…..Mullens is just as good as Garoppolo

  11. Unfortunately the G-Men are only capable of putting up 14 without Barkley as well as a depleted wide receiver corp and an offensive line still a work in progress.

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