For Rod Marinelli, Saquon Barkley brings back bad memories of Barry Sanders

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Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was defensive line coach in Tampa Bay while Barry Sanders was in Detroit, and Marinelli found out the hard way how hard stopping Sanders can be. Now Marinelli has similar concerns about Giants running back Saquon Barkley heading into their meeting on Sunday.

“It’s like Barry Sanders,” Marinelli said of Barkley, via the Dallas Morning News. “You may have a lot of plays where you keep him to a minimum, five-yards here and then [he] has the ability to break the long one. And you got to be on top of it, detailed the entire game. You got to be disciplined. Guys got to do their job before they release blocks.”

Marinelli knows all about Sanders’ ability to break the long one. In a 1997 game when Marinelli coached against Sanders, Sanders had an 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and an 82-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. That’s the only game in NFL history when a player had two runs of 80 yards or longer.

That’s the kind of big-play ability Marinelli sees in Barkley as well.

“He’s got great vision but the decisiveness, when it’s there for him to take it, in space, he’s always tough. He’s been tough all [last] year in space. So you got to really work as a defense,” Marinelli said.

Marinelli hopes Barkley doesn’t look too much like Sanders on Sunday.

10 responses to “For Rod Marinelli, Saquon Barkley brings back bad memories of Barry Sanders

  1. Both great talents, very different kinds of runners with different builds. Barkley adds more power, receiving, while Sanders could cut and dodge in ways that made him nearly impossible to tackle.

  2. More explosive lol yet but has pedestrian numbers when you take his garbage time home run runs out of the equation 3.4ypc on any run shorter than 40 yards

  3. source7769, do you know anything? Running behind a high school quality line and yet he still piled up yardage. Somehow I think Rod knows a tad more about football than you do.

  4. The best back in the game. Better than Zeke and im a Cowboys fan. If Saquon had Zeke’s online instead of that terrible Giant Oline he will lead the NFL each year and probably smash the single season record. I hope Giants dont run him down and ruin his career. He will surely be the first $17-20M annually back. Zeke gonna be disgusted when Barkley collect his bag of money

  5. The Giants had a lousy o-line in 2018. This year pff has them ranked 17th coming into the season…about average.

  6. Lead the league is most negative yards in NFL history? Ok. Emmitt over Barry all day. Barry wasn’t your every down back. He was very inconsistent. He’ll hit a big play then disappear for the rest of the game. I think Barry was an awesome player when he made a play but too many are ready to crown him the best. One career td in the play offs. ONE! Not gonna say overrated because I respect him and respect this sport. He was good. In baseball terms, give me the batter that always batted players in instead of the homerun hitter every now and then.

  7. source7769 says:
    September 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    More explosive lol yet but has pedestrian numbers when you take his garbage time home run runs out of the equation 3.4ypc on any run shorter than 40 yards

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    What team runs in garbage time? It’s not like the giants were blowing anyone out last year.

  8. Lead the league is most negative yards in NFL history? Ok. Emmitt over Barry all day. Barry wasn’t your every down back. He was very inconsistent. He’ll hit a big play then disappear for the rest of the game. I think Barry was an awesome player when he made a play but too many are ready to crown him the best. One career td in the play offs. ONE! Not gonna say overrated because I respect him and respect this sport. He was good. In baseball terms, give me the batter that always batted players in instead of the homerun hitter every now and then
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    Put Emmitt on the 90s Lions and lets see how many touchdowns he scores in the playoffs.

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