The Rise of BDN

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.


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20 Responses to The Rise of BDN

  1. NJ49er says:

    Mullens is fearless Chuck.
    Kid doesn’t flinch. Have watched him stand tall and deliver, knowing he was about to get his bell rung.
    Tough, focused, prepared.
    Can’t Coach that.
    That’s the definition of ‘It’.
    I’d look to swap out Contracts with Jimmy for a #1 WR or pass rusher.

  2. Spitbloood says:

    Jesus H. Christ, you guys are getting more delusional by the day.

  3. Winder says:

    The last couple of games have been fun. I doubt we take it to Chicago but that’s what I thought about Seattle. Confidence is infectious and right now our team should feel very good about themselves as a team.

  4. 12th Man says:

    Mullens has played waaay better than expected and is a proven winner but he does have a limited arm. Jimmy G is the better QB imo and that by a fair margin, although it’s still a small sample size.
    Keeping Mullens as insurance is vital. Cj is more expendable but I don’t see them doing anything until we know about Jimmy G’s health and playing ability. After all, CJ would be Mullens backup if Jimmy isn’t up to snuff.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    I don’t think either Mullens or Garoppolo are going anywhere, but there’s just a lot of chatter around trading:

    a) Garoppolo
    b) Mullens
    c) The Beater

    I think we have enough sample size to see that Mullens is ahead of CJ, but nothing os going to happen for a long while. This decision doesn’t need to be made till the end of August.

    • rtfirefly says:

      FAs: Foles, Bridgewater
      Trade Bait: Flacco

      BDN and CJ will only garner secondary interest – well, Nick will at least.

      • 12th Man says:

        I would take Mullens over Bridgewater.
        Flacco is out.

      • rtfirefly says:

        I’m a huge Teddy fan. He’s backing up Brees now; we have to see if NO wants to keep him and whether Teddy’s willing to stay second fiddle. I’d take him Nick in a heartbeat.
        I agree with you on Flacco but I seriously doubt that’s the NFL conventional wisdom. No team is going to start Nick, Flacco as a vet SB winner bridge yes, and there’s always the question of money.

      • unca_chuck says:

        You can say the same about Eli. But, like Flacco, he’s toast as well.

        Besides, look who Denver is starting. Or fricking Bortles for fuck’s sake. Denver would be looking better with the Beater in there.

      • 12th Man says:

        Jags would start Mullens tomorrow RT.

  6. Winder says:

    The Bears are gonna put up a fight this week. They will want to pay us back for last years win in their house. We get Mack and Lynch’s return to SC. They are gonna want to get Mullens. This one should be fun too.

  7. Winder says:

    12th- I guess if Mullens can get the ball off in under 2 seconds then he might have a chance. He does a pretty good job when he rolls out. I think it’s gonna be nickel and dime the whole way. Not sure if we have the players to do that though. If we go total WCO it might piss em off and hopefully make them make some mistakes.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    The run game being good would help. Play action on 1st down as well. Shanny seemed a little more ballsy last weekend. And yeah, getting the ball out fast on slants and quick outs would work. If they are playing press man then run slants and throw in the occasional stop and go deep.

    If we can slow down their defense there’s no reason to think we can’t win this. The Bears offense isn’t any great shakes.

    And pinning a loss on ol’ Vic would be a nice bonus.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    We should double mack with Celek more often than not so slow his ass down.

    • Winder says:

      I bet Fangio(sp) sends the house a bunch of times. It is gonna be a real challenge for our OL. But it does seem that Mullens has a quick response time and if we can get some yards off their blitzes it might slow em down a bit. This just might be the toughest game we have all year. Or Not.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    We have played good teams well, and bad teams terribly. I’m not that sold on the Bears. At least offensively.

    It’ll be close. I just don’t know if we can win.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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