49ers have ‘pretty good idea’ of Alex Mack’s status
Alex Mack was absent on Day 2 of the 49ers OTAs.
It’s no surprise at all as Mack’s current playing status is completely in the dark. Mack didn’t indicate one way or the other and neither did the 49ers. However, Kyle Shanahan may have tipped his hand as to which direction Mack is leaning for 2022.
“I talk to him here and there, I have a good idea,” Shanahan said. “I’ve been in contact with him throughout the offseason, through his wedding, through his honeymoon. He’s in another country right now, but I have a pretty good idea what he’s up to. fact.”
Dating back to draft week, Shanahan and Lynch said it was not their place to reveal the future/status of any of their players. I interpreted that, given their tone, that they know that Mack will not return and that they will leave it to him to make his decision public and finalized.
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With Mack out, the 49ers turned to Jake Brendel at center. If that’s who the 49ers go into the regular season with, it’s likely going to be a tough transition. Not quite the most optimal start for Trey Lance to have a newcomer at center with two other variables at left and right guard. The interior offensive line looks pretty weak for the 49ers right now.
Mack’s return for 2022 would be a huge comeback to close the gap for both guard positions. Lance can be mobile enough to escape pressure, but that mobility can be taken away when defensive tackles burst the pocket seconds after snapping the ball.
It looks like the 49ers are going to deploy Lance a lot in order to keep him upright and help the inside offensive line until they can get going. That’s really the only course of action for the 49ers. They don’t have a proper backup plan if Mack retires, so if he comes back it will be huge for them.
I’m just not holding my breath or buying stocks in Mack’s comeback. I think it’s a foregone conclusion that he’s gone. And the way Shanahan made his final comments on the subject makes it seem like that is the case as well.
“I had a pretty good idea, and I think you will too.”