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Hue Jackson is the worst head coach in NFL history

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Numbers reveal the undeniable truth that Jackson has no equal when it comes to losing.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The numbers are simply staggering for Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson.

Since taking over the Browns prior to the 2016 regular season, Jackson has led the team to:

  • an overall record of 3-36-1
  • a record of 0-20 in road games
  • a record of 2-10-1 in games decided by three or fewer points
  • an average margin of defeat of 11.5 points in those 36 losses

Following Sunday’s defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson is carrying a winning percentage of .088 as head coach of the Browns. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the only Cleveland head coach even close to that mark was Chris Palmer, who took over the expansion team in 1999 but still managed to win five games in two years and post a winning percentage of .156. And Palmer did that with a roster that was far worse than anything Jackson has worked with in Cleveland.

Even when you factor in that Jackson was 8-8 in his lone season as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, his career winning percentage is just .205, which puts him in some pretty rare company in NFL history.

According to Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk, there have been 219 head coaches in the NFL’s 99-year history who have been in charge of their respective teams for at least 40 games. And Jackson checks in at No. 218 on that list.

The only head coach to post a worst mark than Jackson was Bert Bell, who was in charge of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1936 through 1941. During that timespan, Bell went 10-46-2 for a winning percentage of .179.

There is a caveat with Bell, however, as he also owned the team, meaning that when you look at those who only held the title of head coach, there is one undisputed and undeniable conclusion:

Hue Jackson is the worst head coach in NFL history.