SANTA CLARA — 49ers rookie tackle Mike McGlinchey blocked for over 50 yards on Raheem Mostert’s touchdown in the team’s 34-3 win over the Raiders.
McGlinchey blocked in a slalom fashion down the right sideline as Mostert ran in opposition for his 52-yard journey to the end zone. McGlinchey said he’s never been out in the open like that in a game before, even in college at Notre Dame.
“That’s what’s kinda fun about Kyle’s offense,” McGlinchey said. “You get to show off your athletic ability a little bit with how we run, and how we try and get in front of guys.
“Those are my favorite plays because it allows us to do something different that just run downhill and block a defensive lineman. It’s a lot of fun doing stuff like that. Great play call and awesome execution on the play.”
While he's happy to show off his athleticism, McGlinchey stayed humble on his speed.
“Well, I had about a 20-yard head start so I wouldn’t call it fast.” McGlinchey said. “It was a long, exhausting play, that’s for sure.”
Of course the joke in the locker room was that McGlinchey was vying for more camera time with his lengthy block. Both fellow tackle Joe Staley and Shanahan gave the rookie a hard time about the play.
“He wanted to get on TV longer,” Shanahan said. “So he stayed up. He should’ve thrown early in the play, taken the guy’s legs out on the edge. I think the O-Line gave him the showoff fine for trying to be on TV following him down the field for so long.
"No, I’m just joking. He did a hell of a job. It was awesome.”
McGlinchey has another side to the story his coach and veteran lineman jokingly gave him a hard time about.
“Joe hopped on that really early,” McGlinchey said. “He was messing with me, but I don’t really like to cut block in that situation. The worst thing in the world is to cut block and miss, so I didn’t want to do that, I just wanted to make the play.”