Hue Jackson’s comments from this past weekend and yesterday’s are still lingering in the ears of many. Jackson who won just three games in two and half seasons with the Browns continues to not only make excuses for his performance but further destroy his own reputation. Jackson became arguably the worst coach in the history of the Browns after going 1-31 over two seasons. He claims he was lied to about the team he was inheriting. Yet, that doesn’t appear to be the case, as everyone knew the 2016 Browns were going to be a rebuilding team.
It was bad enough that he came in and completely tanked, throwing players under the bus on his way out, and basically rejected his franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield, but now he’s destroying what goodwill he had left.
See, after he was fired there were some people who were actually on his side. They were made for him. ESPN and his allies in the media defended him.
Yet, all he did for those two years was throw players under the bus, blame his coordinators, and eventually alienate the team so badly that he ended up losing them completely.
Since then, he’s blamed everyone but himself (at least earnestly) for his failings as a coach. He continues to blame Sashi Brown, which is fair, he was just as bad. He continues to blame the (“lack” of) talent on the teams, and he continues to claim that the Browns lied to him about it being a rebuild.
He’s also blamed analytics, but that’s just showing you he’ll literally blame anyone but himself for being a bad coach.
Baker Mayfield, Duke Johnson, Jason McCourty, and David Njoku all had issues with the way Jackson talked about the team while he coached it and after he left it. By his own accounts, he never gave Mayfield the time a day, which is baffling, as every head coach in the game of football since the days of Paul Brown has always had a relationship with his star quarterback.
Players were fed up with him, and that’s why he was fired. From Jackson’s own mouth, he was fired because the players quit. (via Yardbarker)
"I just didn’t believe that the reasoning that was behind it that the team had quit — I wasn’t buying that. We played in too many overtime games. We had too many opportunities to win games early in the year. So I felt that was disrespectful coming from John Dorsey."
Jackson’s entire career since being fired from the Browns has been one long, obnoxious example of why no team wants him to coach anymore. Jackson lost his players, was told he was losing his players by the media, and then when the players finally quit on him, couldn’t believe he was fired for it.
So it’s no wonder that Jackson has quickly become the most disliked coach in Browns’ history and it’s no surprise. When you constantly blame everyone else for your failings than what do you expect to happen?
Maybe there’s some truth to Jackson’s claims. We weren’t there, we ultimately don’t know, but the way he treated his players is not up for debate. Jackson did say countless times that they didn’t have the talent to compete, he blamed his players, and then when he was asked if he’s worried about his players taking offense to his comments, Jackson made it about him when he said he knows how to handle criticism. (Via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com)
"“It doesn’t bother me.”"
Clearly, he can’t handle criticism. It’s one thing to want to defend yourself, it’s another thing to throw everyone else under the bus in the process. Going 1-31 is bad, but if he handled it with dignity, class and didn’t trash his own players on a near-weekly basis, people would’ve been fine with him. He was in a tough spot, no one doubts that. Yet, his antics since his firing have clearly shown who he is.
A person who can’t handle criticism.