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Christian Hackenberg “going to keep scrapping” after poor AAF debut

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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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In the days before he made his debut with the AAF’s Memphis Express, quarterback Christian Hackenberg said he corrected a mechanical flaw in his game and opined that he’s never “thrown the football this good” in his life.

His debut performance did little to support that notion. Birmingham whipped Memphis 26-0 on Sunday and Hackenberg went 10-of-23 for 87 yards and an interception before being pulled in favor of Brandon Silvers. Microphones on the field caught Hackenberg reacting to his difficulties with regular streams of profanity, but he worked cleaner after the game.

“We’re going to keep scrapping. ... I’m confident in our coaches. I’m confidence in our players,” Hackenberg said, via "... “I know every single one of those guys in there, and myself included, take it personally and we’ve got to go back to work and make sure we iron those things out.”

Memphis head coach Mike Singletary said the team will figure out whether Hackenberg starts again as the week plays out. Former Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger joins Silvers as the other options in Memphis.