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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.”

Ex-49ers GM roasted for asking why Jimmy Garoppolo not on sideline


Ex-49ers GM roasted for asking why Jimmy Garoppolo not on sideline

Scot McCloughan was mad online Monday night. 

The former San Francisco 49ers general manager took issue with injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo not standing on the sideline during his team's Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. The longtime executive asked why Garoppolo -- whose season is over because of a torn ACL -- watched the game in a suite instead of with his 49ers teammates.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan reported last month, neither Garoppolo nor running back Jerick McKinnon are allowed on the sideline while they recover from torn ACLs. But that didn't stop McCloughan from tweeting about it, and he pointed to Carson Wentz standing on the Eagles' sideline after tearing his ACL last year as an example.  

Of course, that's not exactly how it happened all of last year, either, as many people on Twitter were quick to point out.

The lesson, as always, is to think -- and use a search engine to fact check -- before you tweet. 

McCloughan worked in the 49ers' front office from 2005 to 2010. He was promoted from vice president of player personnel to GM in February 2008, He was dismissed, but he played a pivotal role building the 49ers into contenders, and he did the same with the Seattle Seahawks as a senior personnel executive from 2010 to 2013.

McCloughan last worked in the NFL as Washington's GM from 2015 to 2017. 

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Jimmy Garoppolo has 'different perspective' watching 49ers after torn ACL


Jimmy Garoppolo has 'different perspective' watching 49ers after torn ACL

SANTA CLARA - Through the challenge of a season-ending injury, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo says he’s very positive as he moves forward through the rehabilitation process. 

The 49ers headed towards the 2018 season full of hope and high expectations. Things have gone off course after being hit with multiple injuries to key players. Losing Garoppolo to a season-ending ACL tear in Week 3, facing the Kansas City Chiefs, was the biggest blow. 

Garoppolo suffered the non-contact injury when he attempted to get a few extra yards on a run along the sidelines late in the fourth quarter. There has been some debate about Garoppolo needing to protect himself, as opposed to risking injury, attempting to get the first down. 

“Well, I’ve always been pretty cautious,” Garoppolo said. “So that was kind of the freak accident of the play. I don’t know if it was just instinct to cut back like that, but it is what it is.

“Initially you think about that stuff. You think of every situation possible, plays before it and all that stuff. Eventually, you get to a point where you have to accept it and start moving on.”  

Garoppolo had successful surgery on his left knee on Oct. 3. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he was already back at 49ers headquarters, attending meetings, on Oct. 19. Shanahan said it was “good to see his face” around the facility. 

The QB confirmed the surgery went without complications and that the rehabilitation process is going well. The doctors fixed a few minor things they found in his knee, but the ACL was the only major ligament torn. 

"The stitches are out and the scar healed up quickly,” Garoppolo said. “Now we can move on to the pool stuff, really move forward now.”

Garoppolo and fellow ACL recovery teammate, running back Jerick McKinnon, are not allowed on the sidelines during the games because of risk of further injury. They were both spotted near the press box at the last home game facing the Rams, giving them a much different perspective of the game.

“It’s strange,” Garoppolo said. “The first couple I was down in L.A., just watching from the couch. This last one I got to go to the game and sit in the box and watch, It’s a completely different perspective. You feel like a coach almost, and so there’s little things like that that I’ve tried to find a silver lining of how to take advantage of this extra time. I’ll never be given time like this again so you have to take advantage of what you’re given.” 

Another silver lining for both Garoppolo and McKinnon is that they will have each other to lean on throughout the rehabilitation process. 

“I’d never wish it on anybody but it’s nice having Jet there with me. We do very similar exercises. He’s a little ahead of me right now so I’m trying to play a little catch up with him. It’s nice to have someone there with you the whole time.” 

Through his nine games with the 49ers, which includes eight starts, Garoppolo competed 64.8 percent of his passes, threw 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions, giving him a 94.1 percent rating.  

Along with dealing with crutches, Garoppolo said that accepting the fact he had suffered a season-ending injury has been the most challenging part of this whole ordeal. 

“I’ve never had a serious injury like this,” Garoppolo said, “So it’s different, but we are very positive now. I have Jet going through it with me, so it’s good.”  

Garoppolo hopes to be able to participate in the 2019 offseason program.