Browns Wouldn’t Fire Coach Hue Jackson in Second Year … Right?

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 3:11 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 5, 2017 3:11 PM UTC

You don’t ever wish for a person to lose his job – hopefully – but one popular NFL prop each summer is which coach will be the first fired. Among the favorites is Cleveland’s Hue Jackson. Would the team really have another quick hook?

Factory Of Sadness

The Cleveland Browns are the laughingstock of the NFL right now. That’s not up for debate. The franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002 and hasn’t had a winning record since 2007. The Browns have topped five victories just once since then.

Cleveland hasn’t exactly had a who’s who of coaches since returning to the NFL in 1999: Chris Palmer was 5-27 from 1999-2000; Butch Davis was 24-30 from 2001-04; Terry Robiskie was 1-4 as an interim coach late in the ’04 season; Romeo Crennel went 24-20 from 2005-08; Eric Mangini was 10-22 from 2009-10; Pat Shurmur was 9-23 from 2011-12.

In 2012, Jimmy Haslam bought the team. Rob Chudzinski lasted just the 2013 season with a 4-12 record. He was replaced by Mike Pettine, who was 10-22 from 2014-15. Then before last season, the Browns hired highly-regarded Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. The team promptly went 1-15, avoiding 0-16 infamy only thanks to a Week 16 20-17 home win over the Chargers.

If the Browns had been the second team in league history to finish 0-16, might Jackson have been canned? It would have been unfair as the franchise was/is in the midst of a rebuild unlike any we have seen in NFL history. The Browns began the 2016 season with 17 rookies on their 53-man roster, the highest of any team since the 2002 Ravens.  Even executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown admitted during 2016 that: “We are not focused on wins and losses this year.”

5Dimes has released a prop on whether Jackson is the first coach fired in 2017. He’s a +525 second-favorite to the Jets’ Todd Bowles.

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4-12 Should Be Enough For Jackson

What number does Jackson need to ensure keeping his job? Cleveland is given a season win total of 4.5 on BetOnline NFL odds, with the ‘under’ a -125 favorite. If the Browns are 1-15 again, then Jackson probably is in trouble. Probably anything worse than a three-win improvement puts him on the hot seat.

The problem is that while the Browns appeared to have a good 2017 draft, they still don’t have a clear-cut solution at quarterback. They report to camp on July 23 (rookies) in Berea, Ohio, with three battling for the starting job: trade acquisition Brock Osweiler, second-year Cody Kessler and second-round rookie DeShone Kizer.

Osweiler was terrible last year in Houston and the Texans gave the Browns a second-round pick just to take Osweiler’s contract. Kessler was solid at times as a rookie in 2016. The third-rounder out of USC played nine games and completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards, six TDs and two picks. Kizer, from Notre Dame, has the best ceiling of the three but obviously is very raw. offers a prop on how may QBs the Browns will start this year: 2.5, with ‘over’ a -200 favorite. In each of the past three seasons, the Browns have started at least three.

Free NFL Picks: Jackson Finishes Season & ‘Over’ 2.5 StartersBest Lines Offered: 5Dimes & MyBookie
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