SANTA CLARA, California – Quarterback Nick Mullens of San Francisco 49ers is shot in prime time.
After one of the biggest statistical debuts of a quarterback in the history of the NFL, Mullens was named a starter for Monday's match of the night against the New York Giants.
Coach Kyle Shanahan informed Mullens and assisted CJ Beathard of his decision Tuesday morning after releasing the team the weekend and Monday.
"We talked about it and the situation is obvious," Mullens said. "The team is ready to go to work and treat it like any other week, my preparation does not change, the preparation of this team does not change, and we look forward to continuing things."
Fighting giants will manage to start quarterback Eli Manning, and rookies backup Kyle Lauletta will not be suspended by the team after his arrest last week.
Mullens will make his second start in a row, with Beathard once again serving as a backup. Beathard was number two in the game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday after injuring his right wrist and thumb.
"It's tough," said Beathard. "I mean, it feels like I'm going through two years in a row, but it's something that makes me stronger in the end, I feel like, I think God tests me and I think that makes me stronger in the end make me a better man, a better quarterback, a better player in the long run. "
Since Beathard did not have the full force, Mullens went 16 out of 22 for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passerby. Rating of 151.9, when he led the Niners to a 34: 3 win. Passers-by rating was highest for a quarterback with at least 20 attempts in his first NFL game since 1970.
Mullens joined Fran Tarkenton (1961) and Jim Kelly (1986) as the only quarterbacks who made their NFL debut for more than 250 yards with at least three TDs and uninterrupted since 1950.
After the game received Mullen's a congratulatory call from Brett Favre, a friendly Southern Miss alum. He also said that he had about 600 short messages from relatives and friends waiting for him.
Asked on Tuesday if his life has changed a lot in the days since the game, Mullens said he got "much more social media attention". He was largely unimpressed by his moment of fame.
"To be honest, I'm finished thinking about it," Mullens said. "It's time to join the Giants, but it was a very cool moment, and you're trying to give everything you have, and when your work pays off, it's exciting."
Mullens should feel better equipped in his second. Start not only because he has a game of experience now, but also because he will receive real repetitive exercises this week.
Since the 49ers played last Thursday night, they only did walkthroughs during the week as they recovered from the last Sunday's game against Arizona.
This week Mullens will be fully trained on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"I'm sure the more reps you get, the more efficient you will be, and I think that will definitely help," Mullens said. "Last week, there was a lot of crippling for this team, we had implementation practices and just tried to fix our bodies before you could even get your mind in order, so definitely more reps will help, and I think we are I'm looking forward to attacking the week and seeing what the Giants are presenting to us. "
One thing the Giants will be presenting is veteran quarterback Eli Manning. Mullens said he was a fan of Manning and visited the Manning Academy Passing Camp between his junior and senior classes this summer.
Mullens recalled Manning performing a mud training and writing down how he dealt with his business. 19659002] "I think the coolest thing was to just watch him throw," Mullens said. "To see how he moves in his pocket, he has very fast feet and it was very smooth, I definitely remember how I saw him at the throw and I took everything in."
As far as Beathard is concerned, this is the second year in a row – of which he is in the NFL – where he lost his job after an injury had opened the door for another starter. Jimmy Garoppolo replaced Beathard last year after suffering a knee injury to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12.
Garoppolo won the next five games to complete the season and signed a five-year contract extension in the offseason. Beathard took over Garoppolo this season after Garoppolo ended his season's knee injury in the third week, but Beathard sprained his right wrist when he hit him against an Arizona Cardinals defender's helmet Raiders said Beathard he did not think about it what it could mean for him right now. He acknowledged, however, that he had done so over the weekend.
"During the game, you know Nick is doing a good job and things are going well for him," said Beathard. "You're not looking so fast at the next week, I think I looked at it in the next few days, there was obviously some speculation about what would happen, so obviously I did not know the answer, so it's definitely something Beathard said he could have played last week if the match had been played on Sunday and spent the weekend repeating various scenarios in his mind, saying he could " Still, Beathard said his wrist felt better and he would be ready if this or another week were needed.
"After going through the last year." I know how to deal with it, "said Beathard," Of course we are preparing in the same way as if I were playing, but I know how I handle the situation must marry. I had that last year. So, I will definitely learn a lot from the sideline as much as I can and learn to try to get better. "