Sources: Trent Baalke could end up with Broncos

Sources: Trent Baalke could end up with Broncos

SANTA CLARA – Trent Baalke does not figure to be out of a job long if, as expected, the 49ers part ways with their general manager at the conclusion of the season.

Multiple league sources told CSNBayArea.com the most likely landing spot for Baalke is under John Elway in the Denver Broncos' personnel or scouting department if 49ers CEO Jed York fires Baalke.

Baalke has served as the 49ers’ general manager since January 2011 after one season working in that role as vice president of player personnel following Scot McCloughan’s departure from the organization.

Baalke is expected to be out as 49ers general manager, league sources have told CSNBayArea.com, and as CBS Sports first reported over the weekend. But a source said York has yet to make up his mind on Baalke's future.

Radio analyst Tim Ryan asked Baalke about the report Sunday on the 49ers' pregame show, via KNBR radio.

“I don’t worry about it. It is what it is,” Baalke said. “I’m going to keep putting my head down and going to work. It’s just something you can’t control. You try and control the things that you can control."

After winning the season-opening game against the Los Angeles Rams, the 49ers (1-12) are on a franchise-worst 12-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game at the Atlanta Falcons.

The 49ers have never experienced a one-win season in franchise history. The 49ers’ worst years in franchise history have been 2-14 seasons in 1978, ’79 and 2004.

Baalke, widely respected around the NFL for his work ethic as a college talent evaluator, is known to have a good relationship with Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations/general manager. Baalke and Elway have spent time considerable together while the 49ers and Broncos held joint practices each of the past two summers.

Baalke was named the 2011 NFL Executive of the Year for his role in helping the 49ers turn from a 6-10 team under Mike Singletary to a 13-3 record and appearance in the NFC Championship game under Jim Harbaugh.

NFL QB Power Rankings Week 11: Baker Mayfield passes Nick Mullens Mania


NFL QB Power Rankings Week 11: Baker Mayfield passes Nick Mullens Mania

What’s going on with Tom Brady?

In today’s NFL, Brady’s 94.7 passer rating qualifies as merely pedestrian.

And here’s a stat that’s going to be a shock: Brady has a 59.6 rating – worst in the NFL – when facing a blitz. The next two at the bottom of the list are Joe Flacco (63.3) and Josh Rosen (63.7).

Nick Mullens debuted as No. 1 last week after his historically impressive NFL debut. He will have to work his way back up the list after coming back down to earth on Monday night against the Giants.

Here are our official rankings at the beginning of Week 11:

1. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland: Any QB who wakes up feeling “dangerous” gets extra points when he performs in a big way. (26)
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans: Ho-hum, a 22-of-25 passing day and hanging 51 points on the Bengals is considered just another day at the office for this guy. (2)
3. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City: With his 31st TD pass, he has already set the franchise record. And he has six games make it unreachable – perhaps even for his future self. (3)
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle: The Seahawks are better than expected because of one person. This guy. (5)
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: Winner of Thursday’s Rodgers-Wilson showdown gets the better spot next week. (6)
6. Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers: Rivers and the Chargers have never been this good at the mid-point of the season. (9)
7. Deshaun Watson, Houston: He’s thrown 36 TDs in his first 16 starts. The Texans are rolling. (10)
8. Tom Brady, New England: Hey, didn’t you used to be Tom Brady? (4)
9. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams: Not only did the Rams pull away in the NFC West, Goff picked up a new fan: Halle Berry. (11)
10. Cam Newton, Carolina: He ranks 22nd in the league in passing yards (2,086) and 33rd in rushing yards (352). (7)
11. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis: The Comeback-Player-of-the-Year trophy ships out tomorrow. (13)
12. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: Le’Veon who? This is Big Ben’s team, and always will be. (15)
13. Matt Ryan, Atlanta: You cannot allow the Browns to beat you. It’s as simple as that. (8)
14. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota: He’s on pace to shatter franchise record for passing yards, which is why they gave him the big bucks. (14)
15. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia: “We want Nick! We want Nick!” Nah. (12)
16. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago: Nobody is complaining about that trade now. (17)
17. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee: He might be seeing that Patriots defense he tore up again in the playoffs. (18)
18. Matthew Stafford, Detroit: We all expected more. (16)
19. Dak Prescott, Dallas: Why is there even a question if he’s the QB of the future? He’s still young and getting better. (19)
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay: How can you throw for 406 yards in a game in which your team scores only three points? (21)
21. Alex Smith, Washington: The stable leader has thrown for EXACTLY 178 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in three of the past four games. (22)
22. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants: The 49ers made him look like Super Bowl Eli. (25)
23. DEREK CARR, RAIDERS: Nine consecutive quarters without a TD is not getting it done. (23)
24. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati: After a fine start, the Bengals have lost three of four, and Dalton is getting worse and worse. (20)
25. Case Keenum, Denver: After a rough start, there are signs of improvement. (27)
26. Joe Flacco, Baltimore: If Lamar Jackson gets to start, will Flacco ever get his job back? (24)
27. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville: He’s playing his part in the league’s most disappointing team. (28)
28. Matt Barkley, Buffalo: He’s so good that he made Nathan Peterman expendable. (Nathan Peterman, 31)
29. NICK MULLENS, 49ERS: After BDN – Big Debut Nick -- initially earned the top spot in these rankings, he took a bit of a tumble despite still showing some good stuff. (1)
30. Brock Osweiler, Miami: Going three consecutive games without a TD pass is generally not a winning formula. (29)
31. Josh Rosen, Arizona: He is quite relieved to see the Raiders next up on the schedule. (30)
32. Sam Darnold, N.Y. Jets: Something really stinks in Jetsland. (32)

Nick Mullens earns more respect from Kyle Shanahan, remains 49ers' QB

Nick Mullens earns more respect from Kyle Shanahan, remains 49ers' QB

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan came out of Monday’s game believing Nick Mullens took a step forward in his development, so he'll remain the team's starting quarterback.

Mullens' stat line wasn't nearly as impressive as in his Week 9 debut against the Raiders, but his performance in the 49ers’ 27-23 loss to the New York Giants went beyond the stat line.

“Nick Mullens is our starter until I say different,” Shanahan said Tuesday.

Mullens completed 27 of 39 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions for a 73.7 passer rating. His TD was an 11-yard pass to Matt Breida, who was the last option in Mullens’ progression.

“What I liked about Nick is that he never seemed rattled throughout the whole game, continued playing,” Shanahan said. “He was great after the game, and he was great just watching the film with him.”

Shanahan gave Mullens an earful Monday night because of what he believed at the time was an lost opportunity for a big play against the Giants. Shanahan ended up with even more respect for Mullens after taking a closer look at the play Tuesday.

“There was one that I thought live he should’ve gotten to a deeper guy from my view on the sidelines,” Shanahan said. “I got on him for it because I wanted a bigger pass. I thought he was there, and it was open.

“He sits there, listens and takes it. When I watched the film, if he would've gone for what I wanted, I think it would've been a sack. And it would've been second-and-15. So that stuff, I like.”

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Through two games, Mullens has yet to be sacked while attempting 61 passes. Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked 13 times in 89 pass attempts this season, and C.J. Beathard was dropped 18 times in 169 pass attempts.

“He’s got a feel for that in the pocket,” Shanahan said of Mullens. “I always want to be aggressive and go down the field and get bigger plays, but not at the expense of risking a sack. I think he’s done a good job with that.”