Almost all the evidence suggests Nick Mullens will win the San Francisco 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback job over C.J. Beathard in 2019. But if it’s the other way around, here are three reasons why.
After all, Mullens looked far more effective under center last year than his counterpart, C.J. Beathard, who was benched with a minor injury in Week 9 and never saw the field for a meaningful snap the rest of 2018.
The numbers are almost entirely in favor of Mullens, too. And as our friend over at KNBR 680, Al Sacco, pointed out, there is almost no statistical way head coach Kyle Shanahan can go with Beathard over Mullens in this critical training camp battle between the two entering this season.
Looking at those numbers, it’s not hard to understand why Sacco and many others have come to that conclusion.
Beathard has two more starts than Mullens and far worse stats over that time frame.
So, by all the evidence, Mullens should win. And it’s why Niner Noise pointed out three reasons why this happens in 2019.
But let’s take the contrarian take here for a moment and suggest why Beathard, not Mullens, winds up winning the No. 2 job behind Garoppolo.
Granted, this isn’t a prediction piece, per se. But if Shanahan elects to make Beathard the immediate backup for Garoppolo, leaving an uncertain future for Mullens, one or more of these three reasons will be why.