NFL analyst Brian Baldinger offers up some fun analysis on Twitter when he is breaking various plays, both good and bad. He spares no feelings in offering thoughts on how players are executing. On Wednesday, San Francisco 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey got the treatment for his blocking downfield on Raheem Mostert’s 51-yard touchdown.
I love his use of “just looking for some Raider meat” to describe McGlinchey making his way after Marcus Gilchrist. And then as McGlinchey stays in front of the speedy Mostert, Baldinger says, “Just give McGlinchey the ball, for crying out loud, he’s as fast as the back!”
This is the second great quote in two weeks about McGlinchey. Against the Arizona Cardinals, McGlinchey had a great block on Cardinals cornerback Bené Benwikere, and Schlereth said, “Look at McGlinchey out there, just dispensing justice on Benwikere!”
It’s been a fantastic year for the rookie right tackle out of Notre Dame. He ranks sixth in the Pro Football Focus rookie of the year rankings. He won’t win rookie of the year, but he is all but certain to earn an all-rookie designation at tackle. He’s a monster in run blocking, and is showing considerable improvement in pass protection. McGlinchey struggled out of the gates, giving up at least two pressures in each of the first four weeks. Since then, he has given up one or fewer pressures in four of the past five weeks. He had his worst performance of the year in Week 7 when he gave up two sacks on five pressures to the Los Angeles Rams defensive front.
The 49ers have seven more games, facing a mix of bad defenses and decent to good defenses. McGlinchey’s biggest remaining tests coming in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos and Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. We know McGlinchey can dominate in run blocking, but seeing him perform against elite pass rushers like Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Khalil Mack will be huge for evaluative purposes heading into his second season.