As the 49ers grind toward the end of yet another 10+ loss season, they once again have a glimmer of hope amid the wreckage. And that is free agent quarterback Nick Mullens. Mullens was so highly touted that he played free safety on the scout team last year. Yet, what he was also doing was studying the shit out of the playbook.
Mullens has been getting kudios up the wazoo for his work ethic and his study habits. Something that seems to have paid off in this misbegotten season. One that saw Garoppolo go down in week 3, and his back up, the Beater, going 0-5 and getting hurt in his stead, and Mullens stepping into the breach and guiding the team to 3 wins in 6 tries. If not the the scattershot defense, and the unreal amount of fumbles, we could have beaten the Giants at least.
Be that as it may, Shanahan is talking that the competition for backup QB is wide open. Sure it is. And that means nothing to say it now. The Beater may not even be on the roster by July. And that may not even be the issue. How about the starting QB job? Is that competition open next year? By the time next season kicks off, Mullens will have the same amount of starts that Jimmy G has. BDN makes all the throws, gets the ball out quickly, feels pressure pretty well, and can extend plays to move the chains.
Sure, there’s the fact that defense is wildly inconsistent, and can’t create turnovers to save themselves, but it is showing incremental improvement these last few games. Still, it isn’t helping whoever the quarterback is at any rate. And we are still a bit shy of a fully fleshed out roster despite the meteoric rise of Stone Cold George Kittle.
If the 49ers can keep Khalil Mack in check, and beat the Bears, it would really put some sauce behind a nascent quarterback controversy. One we haven’t seen since the likes of Joe Reed and Tom Owen.