In my last article, I gave a couple awards to 49ers players. Let’s go over a quick recap of part 1:
MVP: George Kittle
DPOY: DeForest Buckner
Breakout Player: Matt Breida
Iron Man: Joe Staley
Now, Part two:
Rookie of the Year:
This one is a little closer than people might think. Yes, Mike McGlinchey has been a savage all year and is the best rookie offensive lineman in the league, but Fred Warner played outstanding football and demonstrated why he will be a starter for years to come. Having said that, it would be a crime not to give this one to the aforementioned McGlinchey. He has the highest grade of any rookie offensive lineman from Pro Football Focus, and the second pass run blocking grade of ANY tackle in the entire league. Pretty impressive, considering he wasn’t even the first lineman taken. While Quentin Nelson made the probowl and was a great pick for the Colts, McGlinchey is making everyone who wasn’t sure about the pick (myself included) eat their words.
Moment of the Year:
While there weren’t as many great moments this year as Niner fans were hoping for, they still were able to have a memorable season. Whether it be the unveiling of “The Catch” statue, or the win over Denver and subsequent touching post-game comments from Jed York after his brother’s untimely death, emotions were running high in Santa Clara this year. The moment that stood out to me over all the others, though, has to be the game winning kick over Seattle in week 15. Seattle had won 10 straight against the 49ers, and were coming into the game as ginormous favorites. That didn’t dampen San Francisco’s spirits, as they went into week 15 with as decimated a roster as they had all year, and pulled out a 26-23 Overtime victory with Robbie Gould’s game winning field goal. Adding to that, Gould had just been nominated as a Walter Payton Man of the Year candidate, and his game winner only boosted awareness for his great cause. A truly great moment for 49er fans everywhere.
Worst Moment of the Year:
A recap of the 49ers season would not be complete, unfortunately, without highlighting a little thing that happened in week 3, against Kansas City. That is when Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL, leaving him out of commission for the year. That was followed in short order by CJ Beathard throwing a beautiful touchdown pass to George Kittle in the corner of the endzone, only for that to be called back on a questionable offensive pass interference penalty. That drive ended with a field goal, and was indicative of where the season was headed for the Niners, as they had a historically rough stretch of games starting at that point. Okay, now I’m feeling nostalgic and Jimmy’s injury is starting to feel fresh again, so let’s move on.
Tune in for the third and final edition of the 49ers Season Awards, coming soon!