Nick Mullens learns lesson of doing too much in 49ers' loss to Bears


Nick Mullens learns lesson of doing too much in 49ers' loss to Bears

Rest assured that the play that Nick Mullens didn’t make at the end of Sunday’s 14-9 loss to the Chicago Bears will linger with him only forever, because it started eating at him immediately.
As it should have, because that’s how disappointment is supposed to work.
“I started thinking about it the second I threw it,” the 49ers quarterback who has been playing this season with the casino’s money said after the one play that will eat him all winter, spring and summer -- the time he threw a low-percentage deep pass instead of running for a mortal-lock/time-saving first down in the game’s waning seconds.

“I’ve been thinking about it all the time I’ve been here (behind the press room podium); what I did, what I should have done, what could have happened . . .”
In fairness, though, there is no guarantee that he would have converted that fourth-and-four at the Bears’ 45 into a game-winning touchdown. He had the first down and a clear field to the sideline so he could have run out of bounds at, say, the 35 with 1:05 to play, a new set of downs and a 50-50 shot at genuine heroism against one of the game’s best defenses.
The drive could have, given that it was the Bears, been stopped in field goal range, which wouldn’t have helped the 49ers at all.
But it was Mullens’ choice that he is kicking himself for. It was the wrong choice, the rookie’s choice, a teachable moment of a hard lesson.
And it should sting, not because it feels good to rub his nose in it, but because it is how close he is to being the impact quarterback nobody believed he could be when he came out of Southern Mississippi. This is no longer a lark, or something to do before reality sets in – Nick Mullens can play in this league, and there will be opportunities for him to atone for this stain on his resume.
Not erase it, mind you. He will hold it to his chest and let it imprint itself upon him so he can better revel in his next game situation success. That’s how the system works for athletes. Today’s colossal gaffe can eat you, or you can eat, and Mullens is eating it.
His performance against this elite Chicago defense was otherwise solid and winnable. True, it was narrow-margin football because the 49ers didn’t have the ball for very much of the second half, but they only ran the ball three times in that half (against 20 passes) and still failed to breach the Chicago 20-yard line. And in that, the only play they got off was Mullens’ pass over the middle that ran slightly ahead of Marquise Goodwin and was intercepted by linebacker Danny Trevathan.
And yet, Mullens wasn’t deducted points by either head coach Kyle Shanahan or any of his teammates, mostly because nobody knew more about the devastating nature of the play than Mullens himself. Anything more would have been piling on, which incidentally is what had happened minutes earlier when Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was clocked by another eager rookie, Marcell Harris, after he slid for what would have been a first down.

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Therein lies the tale of the day. One quarterback ran, one did not. The one that will be remembered will be the one who didn’t, but Mullens can make it worth his while next week in Los Angeles, next year in training camp here, or in his next port of call.
You see, he’s earned his way into quarterback discussions not only here but with other teams in the NFL, and he will have plenty of opportunities to apply what he learned face-first Sunday. He forgot the moment but he has nearly guaranteed himself many more.

Mistakes are meant to be absorbed and made educative, and Nick Mullens has been given his. Now we’ll see if he can correctly choose how to make it work to his benefit.

NFL Draft 2019: Nick Bosa says he's learned from social media activity

NFL Draft 2019: Nick Bosa says he's learned from social media activity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nick Bosa does not foresee his activity on social media being an issue with the 49ers because of the history he’s had with teammates at every level, he said.

Bosa, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, recently told ESPN that he stopped posting his conservative-leaning tweets on social media because of the chance he could end up in San Francisco.

“I love the Bay Area, and I’m excited to play there,” Bosa said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “I was a little insensitive in some of the things I said, so I’ve learned a lot in the past few months, and I’m just ready to move forward from that, put it in the past, and bring the Faithful some wins.”

It was reported this week that Bosa “liked” posts from a friend while in high school that had racist hashtags.

“I was a 16-year-old scrolling through my Instagram and I liked a picture of somebody I knew with a girl,” he said. “There was nothing racist about the picture. Obviously, there were some bad things said in the hashtags. But, obviously I didn’t read those, and as a 16-year-old in high school, you kind of don’t think something like that will come back and bite you.”

[RELATED: Watch Lynch tell Bosa the 49ers will use No. 2 pick on him]

Bosa said at the NFL draft that he is looking forward to proving himself to his teammates through his actions and hard work.

“I think my teammates will learn what kind of person I am when I get in the locker room with them,” Bosa said. “I’ve never had any issues getting along with teammates. I’ve always been a great teammate, and have had great relationships with everybody on my teams. So I think that and my hard-working attitude will show my teammates and the fans that I’m a good pick.”

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

The 2019 NFL Draft is underway in Nashville, Tenn., and the Bay Area's two teams should be in the center of the action.

The 49ers selected Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick. The Raiders took Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick and Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the No. 24 pick. They still have the No. 27 pick remaining.

[RELATED: Follow latest draft news, trade talk during Round 1]

It promises to be an interesting slate of 32 picks made in the Music City, and you can follow live as each selection is made in the 2019 NFL Draft tracker below:

1. Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, edge rusher, Ohio State

3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, defensive end, Clemson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White, linebacker, LSU

6. New York Giants
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen, edge rusher, Kentucky

8. Detroit Lions
T.J. Hockenson, tight end, Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, defensive tackle, Houston

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver Broncos for No. 20 pick, No. 52, and a third-round pick in 2020)
Devin Bush, linebacker, Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonah Williams, tackle, Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers
Rashan Gary, defensive tackle, Michigan

13. Miami Dolphins
Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Clemson

14. Atlanta Falcons
Chris Lindstrom, guard, Boston College

15. Washington
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

16. Carolina Panthers
Brian Burns, defensive end, Florida State

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns in Odell Beckham Jr. trade)
Dexter Lawrence, defensive tackle, Clemson

18. Minnesota Vikings
Garrett Bradbury, center, NC State

19. Tennessee Titans
Jeffery Simmons, defensive tackle, Mississippi State

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers for pick No. 10)
Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks for picks Nos. 30, 114 and 118)
Darnell Savage Jr., safety, Maryland

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore Ravens for picks Nos. 25, 125 and 197)
Andre Dillard, tackle, Washington State

23. Houston Texans
Tytus Howard, tackle, Alabama State

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears in Khalil Mack trade)
Josh Jacobs, running back, Alabama

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles for pick No. 22)
Marquise Brown, wide receiver, Oklahoma

26. Washington (from Indianapolis Colts for pick No. 46 and a 2020 second-round pick)
Montez Sweat, defensive end, Mississippi State

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys in Amari Cooper trade)
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs in Frank Clark trade)
30. Seattle Seahawks (from Green Bay Packers for pick No. 21)
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots