Loser: Quarterback C.J. Beathard
Nick Mullens’ success Thursday night came at the expense of San Francisco’s previous starter, quarterback C.J. Beathard, who was forced to sit with a wrist injury.
Kyle Shanahan hasn’t committed to which passer will start when the 49ers host the one-win New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 10. But it’s pretty obvious who he has to start.
And it’s not going to be Beathard.
Beathard has played well in a handful of games this season. He was decent against the Chargers back in Week 4, and his efforts in Green Bay against the Packers in Week 6 weren’t terrible either. But for the most part, Beathard’s tendency to hold onto the ball for too long and not feel opponents’ pass rushes have heavily influenced San Francisco’s record since he took over starting duties this season.
Simply put, Beathard isn’t the hot hand for the 49ers right now. While one might expect Mullens to level off or regress, his predecessor under center certainly isn’t seeing his stock on the rise heading into Week 10.