Mike McGlinchey isn’t known for being one of the 49ers’ most outspoken players, but he clearly had some things to get off his chest this week.
Referencing the criticism that has been levied at him and he entire offensive line, McGlinchey said the following during his mid-week presser:
“I don’t really appreciate people who are the armchair quarterbacks that take a 30-second clip off of Twitter and think they understand offensive line play,” McGlinchey said. “I don’t like that. But no, I can’t, I can’t give up, whether it’s one or two plays a game in a situation in Philadelphia, when we were in a play-action pass, I went a little too heavy at the guy, Nick still had the ball in his hand and I caused the turnover inside our own 20-yard line. That kind of a thing just can’t happen. And so yeah, that’s a fair assessment.”
He went on to say that people sharing clips of his poor plays need to “watch the whole game.”
After Sunday’s empathic win vs. the Rams, in which the 49ers offensive line looked stellar, McGlinchey had something else to say on Twitter.
“I’m still here,” McGlinchey wrote, implying there was speculation that he wouldn’t be at some point soon.
— Mike McGlinchey (@mmcglinch68) October 19, 2020
Though somewhat in jest, McGlinchey’s future is a bit up in the air. After this season, the 49ers will have to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option, or have him become a free agent in 2022.
More performances like Sunday’s, helped by criticism or not, will go a long way into ensuring that happens.