SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullen is getting an encore performance in prime time.
Mullens has been named the starter for Monday Night's Game against the New York Giants.
Coach Kyle Shanahan informed Mullens and backup C.J. Beathard of his decision on Tuesday morning after giving the team the weekend and Monday off.
"We've discussed it and obviously the situation is," Mullens said. "The team is ready to work and treat it like any other week." My preparation does not change. "
The struggling Giants wants to continue quarterback Eli Manning, and rookie backup Kyle Lauletta will not be suspended by the team after his arrest last week.
Mullens wants to make his second start in a row with Beathard again serving as the backup. Beathard was no. 2 for Thursday's game against the Oakland Raiders for dealing with a right wrist and thumb injury.
"It's tough," Beathard said. I feel like I'm in the middle of it all, I feel like I'm doing it, I feel like I think it's all going to make me stronger in the end, make me better person, make better quarterback, be better player in the long run. "
Mullens went 16-of-22 for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 151.9 as he led the Niners to a 34-3 victory. The passer rating was 20 attempts in his first NFL game since 1970.
Mullens joined Fran Tarkenton (1961) and Jim Kelly (1986) as the only quarterbacks making their NFL debut to throw for 250 yards with at least three TDs and no interceptions since 1950.
After the game, Mullen's received a congratulatory phone call from Brett Favre, a fellow Southern Miss alum. So he said he had about 600 text messages from family and friends awaiting him.
Asked Tuesday if his life has been changed in the days since the game, Mullens said he had been getting "a lot more attention on social media".
"I'm done reflecting on it, to be honest," Mullens said. "It's time to get to the Giants, but it's a very cool moment and you just try to give it everything you have.
Mullens should find himself better equipped in his second start, not just because he now has a game of experience.
Because the 49ers played on Thursday night last week, they held only walkthrough practices during the week as they recovered from the previous Sunday's game against Arizona.
This week, Mullens wants to get full practices on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"I'm a believer in the more reps you get, the more efficient you'll be, and I think that will definitely help," Mullens said. We had walkthrough practices and just tried to get our bodies right, so I hope they help, and I think we're excited to attack the week and see what the Giants present us. "
One thing the Giants wants is veteran quarterback Eli Manning. Mullens said Tuesday he was a fan of Manning and he attended the Manning Academy Passing Camp during the summer between his junior and senior years.
Mullens recalled watching Manning going through a throwing workout and taking notes on how he handles his business.
"I think the coolest thing was watching him throw," Mullens said. He's got very quick feet, so it's really smooth, so I definitely remember sitting there watching him and I took that all in. "
As for Beathard, this is the second straight year – in which he lost his job after an injury opened the door for another starter. Last year, Jimmy Garoppolo replaced Beathard after suffering a knee injury with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12.
Garoppolo went on to win the next five games to close the season and signed a lucrative five-year contract extension in the offseason. Beathard took on a season-ending knee injury in Week 3, but Beathard sprained his right wrist on the helmet of Arizona Cardinals defender.
As Mullens put up big numbers against the Raiders, Beathard said he did not think about it. He did not acknowledge, however, that he did over the weekend.
"During the game, you know that Nick's doing a good job and it's going well for him," Beathard said. "I do not really look to the next week that almost." I guess at the next couple of days, "I looked at that." There was obviously something going on, so I did not know the answer. So, it's definitely something that goes through your mind. "
Beathard said he had played his last week, and he spent the weekend replaying different scenarios in his head. He said he could "drive myself crazy" pondering different outcomes that would have him in the job.
Regardless, Beathard said his wrist is feeling better and will be ready if needed this or any other week.
"Having gone through that last year, I'll know how to handle it," Beathard said. I have been reading the same way as I am, but I know how to handle the situation try to get better from it. "