Mullens gives 49ers two starting QBs, Eagles coach believes originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
In the 12 years from the time he first made an NFL team until his final game in 2004, Doug Pederson appeared in 100 games and started just 17 times.
So, yes, Pederson has an affinity for backup quarterbacks.
“A lot of respect for the backup guys,” Pederson said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Sometimes it’s a thankless job in the National Football League."
“San Francisco is blessed with probably two starters, quite frankly,” Pederson said.
Mullens’ status for Sunday night’s game against the Eagles is up in the air, as Garoppolo is nursing a high-ankle sprain.
But if Mullens lines up for his second start in a row, Pederson will not necessarily feel as if his winless team is getting off easy.
“Guy’s a smart kid, a hard worker,” Pederson said of Mullens. “He puts the time in. You can see that in the way he plays. He doesn’t make mistakes. It’s rare that you see a poor decision, a bad throw, something like that on tape.
“He’s just constantly processing the information, doing the right thing for the football, helping his team win, and just letting the offense work for him, and that’s what you see in him.”