SANTA CLARA — Quarterback Nick Mullens most likely will start for the 49ers a week from Monday against the New York Giants.
But it’s not yet official.
“The players have four days off,” head coach Kyle Shanahan explained Friday. “I don’t need to decide right now in front of you guys. I would like to do it in front of our players and the people it really affects.”
“You guys” are the media.
Shanahan will wait to announce his decision as a courtesy to the team, and to the quarterbacks competing for the starting job — Mullens and C.J. Beathard.
By waiting, Shanahan will also give the 49ers an advantage over the Giants. They have to prepare for both quarterbacks. The Giants won’t know until next week which quarterback they’ll face.
“It’s all about who gives us the best chance to win versus the Giants,” Shanahan said.
That would seem to be Mullens.
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