Five Day Old Christian Hackenberg Story Becomes News Because Media is Bored

By Nick Polak on August 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm
Jul 29, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.

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We get it. It's August. The regular season is so close, but fans are clamoring for any little bits of news they can get their hands on regarding actual football. That desire for information often leads to non-stories becoming stories, seemingly out of thin air. And of course, no one does that better than the media group that covers the hilariously inept organization that is the New York Jets.

On Monday, this tweet and several like it went out all over Twitter, as well as "articles" that included this blurb about Christian Hackenberg reportedly being banished from the field for a short time following an incorrect huddle break.

This quote was pieced together and reorganized from a Sports Illustrated article posted on Wednesday, five days before this tweet started making the rounds.

When reading the article along with Matt Forte's full quote, this hardly sounds like it was a problem limited to Hackenberg, as breaking a huddle is a team activity, like everything else in football. It also makes it clear that the problem simply came from a lack of crispness and togetherness in exactly how the offense went from the huddle to the line.

Instead, the way the "incident" has been depicted by 247Sports and others has made it sound as if Hackenberg yelled out "CRABCAKE" instead of "Break" and started running in circles in the backfield instead of taking his place under center.

But no, instead of taking the full context of what was written, bits and pieces were drawn together in true New York media fashion to form a far more newsworthy and grabby headline.

Oh, and the 20-yard pass ripped downfield that apparently made the crowd cheer? No, that's just a footnote.

Please just get here, football.

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