Veteran New York fans certainly have a “love-hate” relationship with former veterans who run Tiki Nye.
On one hand, Barber as an all-time great giant is easy to remember and one of the best offensive players in the history of the team. But on the other hand, his willingness to make controversial statements – either right or wrong – increases fans’ anger.
Well, after Tiki could be on him again, he said Saquon Barclay “may not be back every one” after a 26-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Monday Night Football.
“She Can not Protect the pass, and it’s starting to get shiny, “said the barber Tikki and tierney show. “It was probably the only issue he was facing in the NFL, because he was not asked to do it at Penn State. And now you see him dive on the ground, not by sticking his head in people’s chests. It’s going to be an obligation, because people don’t see it, it’s on tape, and it’s going to come out.
“If you see him over the years, he doesn’t want to block. I knew this early in my career, because I was back down before I was a ‘star’, if you can’t block, you can’t be on the field at number three. You just can’t, because you know they are high blitzes and dog wights. You know someone is going to come from security [position], So you have to identify what a defense is trying to do, how they are attacking the dog or you. Recognition is one, and then two, you will get hit a friend! Saquon Barclay is a big man, and he does not want to kill anyone. It is disappointing to see, he is a great back, but he is disappointed to see him trying to pass security. “
Tiki has a point here. Several plays occurred on Monday night when Barclay either failed to recognize the Blitz or met the Steelers’ Blitz properly while he was in pass protection.
Mike Hilton performed most brilliantly at the start of the fourth quarter.
Barclay went on to help Andrew Thomas block Bud Dupree, who would have been fine if Blitz hadn’t. However, you can see that Hilton’s helmet turned into the backfield shortly before the snap of the ball, while the protection on that side of the field goes over the slot. There should be at least one clue that the Steelers are sending pressure – especially in the context of a game in which they were blitzing too often (61 percent drop-back, per NextStats).
But Barclay did not recognize the blitz until Hilton is through the left b-gap and he cannot recover in time only to do nothing on Hilton’s heel. That sack ended the Giants’ drive, and the resulting field position helped set up a touchdown that left the Steelers 16 to 5:28 into the game.
And as Tiki says, this is not a new problem for Barclay. The most notorious game of his young career came under pass protection.
Barclay identified Adams as a blitzer, but he kept on trying and just caught her. Adams is a great player, but Barclay is bigger, stronger, more powerful, and has more natural leverage. He should not have prevailed in this way.
While Barclay had the worst night of his career, struggling the ball into pass protection should probably be the biggest concern. This is a problem Barclay needs to fix soon, otherwise he may not be a true three-down running back.