San Francisco 49ers Mike McGlinchey will miss the rest of the 2021 season after suffering a torn quad, per HC Kyle Shanahan. The right tackle was having a career year before this injury, allowing only two sacks in his nine starts this season. He will also finish with a PFF grade of 70.4. This will be another challenge for the already struggling 49ers offense.
San Fran’s season has not gone according to Shanahan’s plan this year. The team is 3-5 and ranked 20th in points scored, according to PFF. QB Jimmy Garoppolo and first round rookie QB Trey Lance have also been disappointments thus far this season. With McGlinchey’s absence, many will start to wonder if the 49er’s should play Lance, due to his escapability and big arm. The risk in doing so is that Shanahan would be putting his young gunslinger behind an undermanned offensive line. We have seen in the past that doing so doesn’t always work out well for young talented QBs (see David Carr in Houston).
Going forward, the question will be who will fill the RT spot for the rest of the year. There are two players that should be considered for this role, veteran Tom Compton and rookie Jaylon Moore. Compton has played for nine years in the NFL. He was a drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Football Team. Compton filled in for McGlinchey when he was injured on Sunday. On the other hand, Moore, despite being a 5th round rookie from Western Michigan, filled in for LT Trent Williams early this year. Moore allowed zero sacks in his 78 snaps this season. That is impressive for anybody in the NFL, especially a rookie.
Regardless of who the 49er’s decide on moving forward, they will have an uphill battle the rest of this season. Next week, San Francisco will host the LA Rams, who are coming off of a loss to Tennessee and will be looking to get right. Watch for the Rams pass rush to take advantage of this short-handed O Line.
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