Niners' Shanahan mulling Mullens-Beathard for Week 10
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan plans to take the weekend to decide which way he wants to go at quarterback next week.
In the aftermath of a surprisingly strong performance from Nick Mullens in his first career start Thursday, a 34-3 win over the Oakland Raiders, the 2017 undrafted free agent appears to have a leg up on second-year quarterback C.J. Beathard. Mullens completed 16 of 22 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns with Beathard scratched due to a wrist injury.
After kicking off Week 9 against the Raiders on Thursday, the 49ers host the New York Giants on "Monday Night Football" to cap Week 10.
"Definitely will consider it," Shanahan said of starting Mullens again. "Definitely not thinking about that right now. Our whole team played very well. Nick definitely did. I thought our guys up front played well and I thought the entire offense did. I thought the defense played their tails off. I thought the pass rush was there. I thought we tackled well, thought our punter and kicker did well so it was a very good all-around win."
Beathard was filling in for Jimmy Garoppolo, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Beathard's status will be a factor in next week's decision at quarterback. According to reports, he was unable to grip the football and couldn't get ready on a short week for the Thursday night game.
Mullens spent most of his first two seasons on the practice squad, all under the direction of Shanahan, and said he had a great grasp of the game plan against the Raiders.
Mullens' 151.9 passer rating was a record for a player making his NFL debut.
--Field Level Media
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