Putting Hue Jackson’s coaching career in perspective

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One of the great challenges for humans is to figure out what they’re good at and do it, and to figure out what they’re not good at and not do it. Twice-fired NFL coach Hue Jackson, like former NFL coaches Norv Turner and Wade Phillips, is very good at being an NFL assistant coach, and not nearly as good at being an NFL head coach.

While Jackson may still aspire to be an NFL head coach after an abysmal career record of 11-44-1, punctuated by a 3-36-1 disaster in Cleveland, no NFL owner should ever again fall under the spell of Hue’s performance as an assistant coach (which surely will be very good) coupled with the best efforts of his friend(s) in the media to get him a third bite at the NFL apple (which surely will be attempted).

So lets assume that the book can be closed on Hue Jackson’s time as an NFL head coach. Here’s an eye-opening stats from ESPN, shared by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times on Twitter: To match Jackson’s .205 career winning percentage, Patriots (and once-upon-a-time Browns) coach Bill Belichick would have to lose a lot of games. Specifically, Belichick would have to lose 867 straight games. Putting it another way, that’s more than 54 straight years of 0-16.

OK, so Belichick may not be the fairest example. So we ran the numbers with a coach far closer to Hue than Belichick in career achievements: Former Colts coach Chuck Pagano. Based on a career winning percentage of .549 (56-46) in 102 career games, Pagano would only have lose to 171 straight games to match Jackson. That’s nearly ten-and-a-half consecutive winless seasons.

So, yes, Hue Jackson has proven that he’s not suited to be an NFL head coach. Maybe, if he’s lucky, he won’t get a chance to keep proving it.

23 responses to “Putting Hue Jackson’s coaching career in perspective

  1. Good god, man. And yet Haslam still didn’t really want to fire him. Luckily for Browns fans, Dorsey won that battle.

  2. He’s not even that good of an OC. Five years as an OC, and his teams were 23rd, 23rd, 10th, 15th, and 15th in yards, and 22nd, 29th, 6th, 15th, and 7th in points. Hardly ground breaking stuff. His average ratings were 17th and 16th – pretty much average, or median, performance.

    He might be a decent enough RB or WR coach. He’s a horrible HC, and a pedestrian OC.

  3. But Hue Jackson is a person. A person with feelings. How dare you make him feel bad during this time following his recent firing. Very insensitive. Isn’t that what you say when players get cut on Hard Knocks?

  4. Now that Hue Jackson is no longer a HC, there’s no doubt in my mind that Jon Gruden is currently the worst HC in the league – by far.

    Gruden & Jackson actually share a lot in common. Both are egomaniacs and control freaks. They each love to hear themselves talk their lines of hot air. Neither takes accountability but instead throws their players under the bus. Jackson was hired by a clueless owner while Gruden was brought back by an owner who cares more about publicity stunts than putting a winning product on the field.

  5. The things is Wade Phillips was a good head coach. His only down fall was playoffs. The guy has a .562 winning % as a head coach that’s pretty good. I feel bad for the guy because some guys like to make the case he can only succeed as a DC

  6. There is a HUGE gap between what Wade Phillips accomplished as a head coach and what Hue Jackson achieved. Wade has two seasons where he matched (11-5 with the Bills) or beat (13-3 with the Cowboys) Hue’s career win total.

  7. LOL, Belicheck wouldn`t have won with the Browns roster the last 2 seasons either. I`m in no way saying Hue is a good coach but NO coach was winning much more with that team/owner and Sashi Brown`s players. You cut your best CB Haden for no reason other than being cheap and not wanting to win games and let him go to your rival and then fire the coach for not winning games against said rival. Yeah blame Hue. LOL

  8. Compounding Hue’s ineffectiveness as a HC is that he’s a total snake. The guy will whisper a “suggestion” to a player or coach to the point that they do what he says. When it doesn’t work out he doesn’t shoulder the blame whatsoever – but in the off-chance it does, he’s up at that podium in 2 seconds saying “told you so”.

  9. Very few people if any in competitive professional sports will admit they are not very good. It’s not in there DNA. You can’t get to were these guys are by thinking negative thoughts. Plus family and friends will be telling him what a great coach he is and blaming everybody they can. Of course he will accept another HC job. Plus it pays better.

  10. The real question is how to make the remainder of the season into a foundation for next year. Hue and Todd are gone. Baker needs to develop along with the other underdeveloped talent on the roster. Dorsey should demand a development plan for each of the players from the coaches. Yes, it will take away from the game plans but it’s essential to identify the coaches and players who can be part of the future. It may be done with personnel meetings instead of using written evaluations, but it desperately needs to be done. A concrete plan will provide the Haslams, Dorsey and the future HC with a picture of the true state of the franchise – and it’s actual needs without the political BS of the last few years. Then Dorsey can prioritize the type of skills the next HC needs.

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