Colm O'Rourke said Meath's "humiliation" at the hands of Dublin shows the Royal County are simply not progressing and described the encounter as "a really bad reflection on Leinster football".
On the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Dessie Farrell's Dubs cruised to a 10th Leinster SFC title success in a row with a 21-point defeat of a completely outclassed Meath.
O'Rourke, a two-time All-Ireland winner who also claimed five provincial medals with Meath, lamented the result and performace.
"I was hoping Meath would put up a fairly good show," he said on The Sunday Game Live panel.
"I don't think anyone really expected us to win the game. The bookies were giving a ten-point differential - I thought we'd surely beat that. Instead of that we got a complete humiliation, on such a historic night which was carried out so tastefully and dignified.
"But it was a humiliation, and of course in the wider sphere of things it's a really bad reflection on Leinster football.
"I thought we were making progress. I thought we'd get closer to Dublin.
"I suppose the warning signals were there against Kildare in that we only scored nine points. Most good teams are scoring 16 or 18 points in championship football, even in the winter conditions that we have."
As the Dubs marched on in pursuit of their sixth All-Ireland SFC title in a row, Meath and the rest of the province were left to reflect on where they go to now.
"It doesn't look like Meath are progressing and it also shows that if you take Dublin out of Leinster you have a competitive championship," added O'Rourke.
"Whether Meath and the rest have regressed and Dublin have progressed, that's an argument you could have as well. Dublin are probably looking better at this stage than they have for many years, but it shows also that I think in general everybody else seems to be playing for the silver medal at this stage."