Right before news broke that he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Christian Hackenberg let his frustrations be known about the New York Jets and their lack of leadership.
While Christian Hackenberg’s final comments about the New York Jets and their coaching staff not giving him enough direction probably has some truth to it, the fact remains he was unable to get on the field.
Let’s get right to the point here; Hackenberg needs to grow up. I don’t like to speak ill of any player, especially one I was not against drafting (we all know how important MY opinion is), but I can’t buy into this.
I completely understand that he spent both of his years in the NFL under different coordinators. Any quarterback, heck any PLAYER, will tell you that is extremely frustrating. For such a young player who was already going to be a project, this must have been extremely unsettling and confusing.
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His final comments about frustration, however, don’t hold much weight to the glaring fact that Hackenberg didn’t do enough to earn playing time even when the Jets were losing games left and right.
In an article written by Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, here are Hackenberg’s final words about the Jets and what went wrong over the past few seasons:
“I don’t know,” Hackenberg said Tuesday after the Jets opened OTAs in Florham Park. “I think there were some times where I threw it really good throughout my first two years here, so that was the frustrating part for me, is the ups and downs and not knowing why, if that makes sense, and not really getting any information from anybody on how to fix that and how do address it.”
That being said, you need to get on the field. A second round pick should be able to beat out Bryce Petty for garbage time ball after Josh McCown got hurt last year. You had almost two full years of NFL practice and still couldn’t beat out the guy that had a hard time differentiating between throwing to a wide receiver and throwing to the turf?
While he did backtrack a bit later, it doesn’t change his original comments. He will have plenty of time to learn under a coach (Jon Gruden) who was in love with him pre-draft. Still, these comments stink out loud. I’ll say it again, if Hackenberg is going to succeed in the pros, he needs to grow up.