It took two weeks for the Cleveland Browns to win a game after former head coach Hue Jackson was fired. He’d won just two games during his entire run.
It became clear towards the of his tenure that he no longer had the trust of the players. There was a definite disconnect of some kind. While they gave good effort each week, they could never close the deal when needed most. Whenever asked about those problems, Jackson blamed just about everybody but himself. That lack of willingness to take the bullet for his guys undoubtedly won him no fans in the locker room.
At last, he was shown the door, probably months and months later than he should’ve been. Even so, it didn’t take him long to find work. After a brief stint as an analyst, Jackson returned to the Cincinnati Bengals as a “special assistant” to head coach Marvin Lewis. It was a big surprise to many, but to certain Browns players? It was laughable. Cornerback Damarious Randall made that clear with his tweet in response to the breaking news.
That response reveals so much about how Jackson is perceived
It’s amazing how a simple use of emojis can create such a clear picture. It’s evident there that Randall and likely other Browns players had almost no respect for Jackson as a head coach. It’s not hard to see why. He went 1-15 his first year, 0-16 his second and managed one win in half a season this year. What exactly has he done to garner any respect from these young men who put their bodies on the line each week?
People can criticize Gregg Williams but at least the man seems to care enough to fight for his players in front of the media. Either way, this will be future evidence against the highly unlikely chance that Jackson gets interviewed for another head coaching job down the line. It’s somewhat surprising that things didn’t fall apart further than they did. Normally when losing is combined with players not liking a coach, it can lead to off the field issues.
Credit Browns players for waiting until he was gone.