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Report: Christian Hackenberg Blamed James Franklin For Struggles In NFL Team Interviews

It is understandable that Christian Hackenberg wants to provide some context to his sophomore and junior year struggles, but based on an article by Robert Klemko at The MMQB, it doesn't sound like the former Penn State signal caller has handled it the right way. After his final collegiate game, Hackenberg went out of his way to thank just about everyone associated with Penn State football except for head coach James Franklin. He addressed that exclusion during a media session at the NFL Scouting combine, but according to Klemko, sources from two separate teams say that Hackenberg threw Franklin under the bus during interviews.

Per two personnel sources on two separate teams who have shown interest in drafting Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, the quarterback has said all the wrong things in interviews when asked to explain his declining sophomore and junior numbers (a combined 28 touchdowns and 21 interceptions). Hackenberg has shifted blame to coach James Franklin, who took over in 2014 when coach Bill O’Brien departed for the Texans. Said one evaluator: “Despite the fact that it’s probably true, you don’t want to hear a kid say that.”

Hackenberg's career definitely took a turn for the worse when Bill O'Brien left for the Houston Texans, but no team will appreciate hearing that. And with the Texans signing quarterback Brock Osweiler, that may not even be an obvious landing spot for Hackenberg now.

[The MMQB]

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