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Shaun O’Hara Piles On Giants’ Offensive Line

Ereck Flowers, of course, gets a special level of criticism

NFL: New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants haven’t allowed a sack in two weeks. They ran for a season-high 91 yards vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That didn’t stop former Giants center and current NFL analyst Shaun O’Hara from shredding that offensive line Wednesday during a Sirius XM NFL Radio appearance with Bob Papa and David Diehl.

“The one thing that just leaves you scratching your head is the simple aspects of the game. Combination blocks are things that Dave [Diehl] and I were working on in high school. If you’re doing a combination block with your guard or with your tackle you shouldn’t be tripping on each other, you shouldn’t be getting split by a defensive tackle,” O’Hara said. “And we all watched the game and the first two snaps of the game they lose eight yards on two running plays.”

A frustrated O’Hara added this:

“You’re going to struggle each and every week if your fundamentals are that poor. And every time I turn on the film it’s just little technique stuff. If I was the o-line coach those guys wouldn’t leave the field until we got it right.”

O’Hara had some direct criticism for left tackle Ereck Flowers:

“I watched Ereck Flowers and it kind of goes back to what you were saying about Seattle. Our standard is so low it’s like, ‘Oh, you know, it wasn’t that bad. He didn’t ruin the game.’ I mean, he’s gotten better in pass protection but his run his run game footwork and effort is awful,” O’Hara said.

O’Hara wasn’t done trashing the beleaguered 2015 first-round pick:

"He gets beat on the back side of plays. ... He gets beat because his footwork is so bad. He steps underneath himself every time, he gains no positive ground with his first step. It just kinda shows his limited athletic ability, he's stiff in the hips,” O’Hara said.

"It (footwork) shouldn't be an issue, but it shows up time and time again. I don't know if it's just laziness or if Flowers was tired down in Tampa because it was hot. I don't know what it was, but it shows up way too often. It reflects poorly on everybody."