Nick Mullens’ big debut should be enough to get another start

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Less than 24 hours after Nick Mullens posted one of the greatest statistical debuts in NFL history, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wasn’t ready to name him the starter for the team’s next game. Or, if he was, he wasn’t ready to do so in a public forum.

“I don’t need to decide yet, so I’m taking my time with it,” Shanahan said Friday. “Also, I wouldn’t want to do that with all the guys out of the building. I’d like the whole team in here, too, when I decide that.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china

On the heels of the Niners’ 34-3 demolition of the Oakland Raiders and Mullens’ impressive debut, in which he threw for 262 yards and three scores, there doesn’t seem to be much for Shanahan to consider when choosing between Mullens and C.J. Beathard as his starter for the Nov. 12 game against the New York Giants. At least on the surface, it’s clear Mullens should get another opportunity even if Beathard is fully recovered from his right wrist injury.

With the Niners getting four days off after their Thursday night victory, the eventual decision will come down to a variety of factors leading to one primary criterion.9

“You’d love to give people who deserve it and earn it and everything, but it’s all about who gives you the best chance to win,” Shanahan said. “That can be a week-to-week decision, that can be a quarter-to-quarter decision. You do everything you can to win games.”

Mullens’ first opportunity came not because he was considered the quarterback who was best but because he was the healthiest (and thus most capable that night) of leading the 49ers to a victory.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

To any outside observer, Mullens did more than his share in helping the 49ers get their second victory. He completed 16 of 22 passes for a rating of 151.9. That passer rating was the best by a quarterback making his debut with at least 20 attempts since 1970, and his trio of touchdown tosses made him the first Niners quarterback to do that in his first game with the team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

That the 2017 undrafted free agent out of Southern Miss accomplished all of that in his first NFL regular-season game on a short week in which the Niners conducted zero regular practices only speaks further to the job he did. To be sure, Mullens deserves every bit of the credit he’s gotten in the days since his big night.

But it’s also worth taking a deeper dive into the performance so as to keep proper perspective. While Mullens earned the plaudits thrown his way, there were other things contributing to his success. Namely, the Raiders’ abysmal defensive effort and Shanahan’s well-designed game plan and playcalling.