Quarterback Christian Hackenberg proved once and for all that he still needs more time to develop into starting material for the New York Jets. He recently commented about his abysmal Week 3 performance.
By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard how bad Christian Hackenberg played in Week 3 preseason action against the New York Giants. It was so abysmal, that veteran quarterback Josh McCown recently chimed in his thoughts on the second year quarterback’s performance. It’s no secret that the New York Jets are in a dire situation when it comes to the most important position on the team.
In case you haven’t heard, the Jets have officially announced that McCown will indeed be their Week 1 regular season starter. Hackenberg simply doesn’t have what it takes to even be in the conversation of starting for the Jets and for all we know, the leadership regime might very well delegate him to third string or even the practice squad.
Hackenberg has a lot of work ahead of him if he plans to put himself back in the spotlight to prove that the potential is there for a bright career. Considering this is just his second season still learning the ins and outs of what it takes to be successful, he still has much to learn. It’s all the little things to pick up on from leadership, poise, confidence, and most important of all, reading opposing defenses.
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Failing to see blitzes at all this preseason, Hackenberg has gotten his fair share of hits since he didn’t adjust at the line of scrimmage. Again, these are the little things he must continue to master if he’s to put everything together towards playing efficiently.
Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Hackenberg said about his terrible Week 3 performance against a starting defensive unit and how he plans to handle it:
On how different it is to play against first-team defenses…
Yeah, it’s a little different. I think there’s a learning curve to that and understand that a lot of those guys on that side of the ball played a lot of football and they know how to hide some things and do some things differently, so not saying that the other guys don’t. Those guys do it and they’re expected to do it day in and day out, year in and year out. I think it’s been good for me, just being able to see that and having to step my side of the bargain up. It’s been good.
Needless to say, this is all still a learning experience for him as he continues to grow and learn early on in his professional football career. Even if you disagree with the decision, the Jets have no other choice but to start the season off with McCown and only hope for the best during their rebuilding phase.
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