Christian Hackenberg on criticism: ‘I don’t pay attention to it’
Christian Hackenberg has had a rough go of it during the New York Jets offseason program. While he’s earned some praise from the coaching staff, it hasn’t been a smooth process. But to hear it from the second-year signal-caller, he only cares about what the team thinks, everything else is just noise.
“I don’t pay attention to [media reports]. You guys have a job to do, and I understand that and also have a job to do,” Hackenberg said Thursday at his locker following the Jets’ final minicamp practice, via Pro Football Talk. “Ultimately, I have to continue to trust in myself, trust in the situation I’m in and continue to get better and continue to grow. That’s my goal and that’s all I try to do. I’m a low-key guy. I really don’t see much, but that’s what I’m trying to do, and whatever it is I can’t control it.
Hackenberg became the source of memes and other assorted Internet mockery after reports emerged that the 22-year-old signal-caller was airmailing passes so badly the ball hit reporters.
And then, making matters worse, footage surfaced of one such occurrence.
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Hackenberg has been roundly criticized throughout his early NFL career, with some arguing the Jets wasted a second-round selection on him in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Still, Hackenberg insists he doesn’t waste any time worrying about outside chatter.
“… I think ultimately in my opinion, the only people who’s opinions I really care about are the people I’m involved with every day and know exactly what’s going on in this building as an offense and as a team. My quarterback coach specifically. If those guys say something to me, I’m going to take that to heart because they know exactly what’s going on, every detail of it. That’s how I look at it.”
It’s obviously a good thing Hackenberg appears to have — or at least claims to have — thick skin. Playing in the New York market in front of the city’s patented cutthroat sports media, he’s most certainly going to need it … – especially if things continue in such a manner.