Says David Lombardi of The Athletic:
Mike McGlinchey was 15 years old in 2010, the year the Eagles drafted defensive end Brandon Graham in first round. The 49ers right tackle, who’d become a first-round pick himself eight years later, was dunking on his already-famous cousin — Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan — in the suburban Philly McGlinchey family driveway at around that time.
The Eagles then selected defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in 2012’s first round. McGlinchey left home to play college football at Notre Dame a year later. So McGlinchey might’ve been away while Philly’s duo terrorized quarterbacks and cemented the city’s first Super Bowl title to close the 2017 season, but he was certainly paying attention to what was happening back home.
“I’ve seen it for a decade,” McGlinchey said of Graham and Cox. “They were guys that everybody looked up to. They were guys that everybody was a fan of and they earned that. Fletcher and Brandon are two of the best in the game at what they do and they’ve had a lot of success on a very successful football team.”
The 0-2-1 Eagles haven’t started strong this year, but that isn’t the fault of Graham or Cox. Even after all these years, the two veterans are still the drivers of a very powerful defensive line that’ll put McGlinchey and the 49ers’ offensive front to the test at Levi’s Stadium this Sunday night.