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Let’s Rank All Of The Cleveland Browns Head Coaches 



15. Hue Jackson


Years Coached: 2016-2018

Total Games Coached: 40

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 3-36-1


The Cleveland Brown have had some absolute stinkers as head coaches, but no one has been worse than Hue Jackson. In three seasons with the Browns, Jackson only managed to win three games and that includes the 2017 season were Cleveland went 0-16. You know how bad of an NFL coach you have to be to go 0-16 during a season? Hue Jackson sucks.


14. Chris Palmer


Years Coached: 1999-2000

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 5-27


Chris Palmer had the unfortunate distinction of being the first head coach of the “reborn” Cleveland Browns. After the Browns left Cleveland for Baltimore, the NFL politely returned the Browns to Cleveland a few years later. Palmer was named the head coach of the Browns and was handed the job of making an expansion team competitive in the NFL. It didn’t go well. In two seasons, the Browns went 5-27 and Palmer was shown the door. But hey….his teams were still better than Hue Jackson’s.


13. Rob Chudzinski


Years Coached: 2013

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 4-12


The Cleveland Browns rarely have any idea what they’re doing when it comes to running an NFL team. In 2013, the Browns might have been at the peak of their bad decision-making though. Cleveland hired Rob Chudzinski as head coach after he transformed the Carolina Panthers offense into one of the NFL’s best as OC. Cleveland was tired of floating around the 4-win mark and they needed a spark. Chudzinski was that guy and there was no denying that fact. The Browns fired him after just one season. His single season win total was still better than Hue Jackson’s three seasons as head coach of the Browns.


12. Pat Shurmur


Years Coached: 2011-2012

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 9-23


Pat Shurmur was given the Cleveland Browns job after his impressive work with rookie QB Sam Bradford as OC of the St. Louis Rams back in 2010. Cleveland was desperate for a franchise QB and they thought Shurmur was the man who could develop one for them. It all sounded great on paper, but the end result was pretty horrific. Shurmur’s two seasons in Cleveland were extremely underwhelming as the Browns won just nine games in his tenure and were at the bottom of the AFC North the entire time. Yowzers.


11. Eric Mangini


Years Coached: 2009-2010

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 10-22


The Eric Mangini/Cleveland Browns era started off with a bang as Mangini immediately got Browns fans to hate him for his disregard of the team’s past. It was a new era in Cleveland Browns football and Mangini wanted the Browns fans to know it. While it all sounded great in his head I’m sure, what we all ended up seeing on-the-field was extremely short of spectacular. Mangini spent two seasons in Cleveland and the Browns posted back-to-back 5-11 records. That was all the Browns needed to see as they sent Mangini packing down the road much to the delight of Browns fans everywhere.


10. Mike Pettine


Years Coached: 2014-2015

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 10-22


At some point in these rankings, the Browns have to start having some half-ass decent head coaches right? Because we are getting pretty deep into these rankings already and right now this list is pathetic. Do you think the Mike Pettine era makes this list any better? Oh no. Pettine spent two seasons in Cleveland, won five total games, got fired and is now working in Green Bay as the DC. Even though the Mike Pettine era started off with a bang (Cleveland started out 7-4 under Pettine before finishing 3-18 the rest of the time he was head coach), it came crashing down with a hard thud. Pretty familiar territory for Cleveland Browns head coaches.


9. Romeo Crennel


Years Coached: 2005-2008

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 24-40


Bill Belichick is the greatest NFL head coach of all-time. That’s why other NFL teams are constantly trying to pick assistants off the Belichick coaching tree. There’s just one thing though. The Belichick coaching tree fucking sucks. As good as Belichick has been, his assistants have turned out to be pretty awful head coaches. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Romeo Crennel. Crennel is an amazing defensive coordinator. That goes without saying. As far as a head coach though? Welllllllll, yeah. Cleveland hired Crennel in 2005 with hopes that he could bring some of the “New England juice” and stick it right into the veins of the Browns franchise. At first, things didn’t look THAT bad. The Browns went 6-10 in 2005 and showed a little bit of promise. Then they regressed in 2006 and everyone started freaking out. But then it happened! Somehow Crennel and the Browns picked up ten wins in 2007 (which has been their best mark since returning to the NFL in 1999) but barely missed out on making the playoffs. The team was showing progress under Crennel and things were starting to change around. Yeah…..about that. In 2008, the Browns went 4-12 including six straight losses to end the season and it was BYE BYE ROMEO! But hey man, 2007 was a blast.


8. Butch Davis


Years Coached: 2005-2008

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 24-40


Butch Davis was a successful head coach at the University of Miami when the Cleveland Browns came calling to help save their franchise. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns had been a joke and they needed to make a splash so they went outside the box and hired Davis. At first, it looked like a potential home-run hire. Davis led the team to a 7-9 record in his first year with the Browns and made a big improvement the following season when they went 9-7 and made the playoffs. The Browns ended up losing 33-36 to the Steelers in the wild-card round, and this is still the only Browns team to have made the playoffs since the team came back to the NFL. Unfortunately for everyone involved, this was the peak of the Davis era. It all went downhill after this as the team seriously regressed and Davis was shown the door before the end of the 2004 season.


7. Forrest Gregg


Years Coached: 1975-1977

Total Games Coached: 41

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 18-23


Forrest Gregg joined the Cleveland Browns in 1974 as a position coach. After head coach Nick Scorich was fired following the 1974 season, the team promoted Gregg to the head coaching position. Anyone who has been reading these rankings has seen first-hand just how bad head coaching hires have been when the team promotes from with-in. Gregg is just another example of that trend. I personally think Gregg is a good head coach, he was just in a bad spot in Cleveland (weird, huh?). After one horrible season and two seasons of mediocrity, Gregg was fired by the Browns. The good news for him is, he was much more successful in his second stop….right up the road in Cincinnati as head coach of the Bengals where he led them a Super Bowl appearance.


6. Bud Carson


Years Coached: 1989-1990

Total Games Coached: 25

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 11-13-1


Bud Carson spent almost 17 years in the NFL as a position coach before finally getting his big break with the Cleveland Browns in 1989. Carson was replacing Marty Schottenheimer who the Browns just fired because he couldn’t beat the Broncos in the playoffs (yes, there was once a time when the Browns fired coaches because they couldn’t win IN THE PLAYOFFS!). You want to know what happened in Carson’s first year as head coach with the Browns? Well, they went 9-6-1, won a division title, and made the playoffs. Pretty huge deal for a first-year head coach. Unfortunately for Browns fans, Cleveland ended up facing the Broncos for the third straight year in the playoffs and Denver sent them home once again. Bummer. The following year, the Browns started out 2-7 and it was BUH-BYE BUD CARSON!


5. Nick Skorich


Years Coached: 1971-1975

Total Games Coached: 56

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 30-24-2


The Nick Skorich days were well before my time, so I’m not going to sit here and act like I know what happened when he was head coach of the Cleveland Browns. The one thing I do know is, the guy finished his Cleveland Browns head coaching career with a winning record (BONUS POINTS!). He won a division title (MORE BONUS POINTS!). And he got the Browns to two playoff appearances (SERIOUS BONUS POINTS!). Not too shabby for Cleveland.


4. Sam Rutigliano


Years Coached: 1978-1984

Total Games Coached: 97

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 47-50


Sam Rutigliano joined the Browns in 1978 after 11 years spent as a position coach for various NFL teams. Unlike a lot of other guys on this list, Rutigliano’s teams found success right away. The “Kardiac Kids” showed a lot of progress under “Coach Sam”, especially at the beginning of his tenure. After going 8-8 in his first year, the team made it to the playoffs in 1980 before getting bounced by the Oakland Raiders. They made the playoffs again in 1982, but once again they got beat by the Raiders in the playoffs and were eliminated. On most NFL teams, a coaching tenure like Sam Rutigliano’s might not even register a little beep on the radar, but when you’re talking about the Browns….he’s one of the best head coaches of all-time.



3. Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

Years Coached: 1991-1995

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 36-44


What could have been. Am I right Cleveland fans? Bill Belichick is the greatest NFL head coach of all-time and you had him in your grips! And then… let him go. Looking back at it now, it’s one of the most boneheaded moves of all-time. How do you let the greatest NFL coach of all-time slip through your fingers? Belichick spent five seasons in Cleveland as the head coach and even though his teams didn’t set the world on fire, they were competitive and in 1994, Cleveland made the playoffs and even won a playoff game! Yes, there was a time in our lives when the Cleveland Browns won playoff games. I do find it funny though that Bill Belichick was the last head coach to win a playoff game in Cleveland…..and that game came against the New England Patriots. After going 5-11 the following year, the Browns announced that they were moving their franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore and they told Belichick he would be the guy to lead the team. They changed their mind and fired his ass a few weeks later. The rest is history my friends.



2. Marty Schottenheimer


Years Coached: 1984-1988

Total Games Coached: 71

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 44-27


I think everyone reading this has heard of Marty Schottenheimer and his reputation. We all know Marty can coach. The guy spent 21 total seasons in the NFL as a head coach and only had 3 losing seasons. That is a fantastic stat. The big knock on Schottenheimer was his lack of post-season success and that’s one thing you can’t deny when looking at his record. His time in Cleveland as the head coach was arguably the Browns’ best run in the history of their team. Marty got the gig in 1984 after Sam Rutigliano moved on mid-season. The team finished out the season with a 4-4 record and just missed out on the playoffs. That was the only time the Browns would miss out on the playoffs in the Schottenheimer regime though. Cleveland made it to the playoffs the next four straight years including two appearances in the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately for Browns fans, Marty couldn’t beat the Denver Broncos and John Elway in the playoffs. It was announced after the 1988 season that Schottenheimer and the Browns were mutually parting ways due to Marty butting heads with the owner, but it’s all good. Schottenheimer went on to do what he did and the Browns are still looking for a guy to replace what he brought to the team. Wins.



1. Blanton Collier


Years Coached: 1963-1970

Total Games Coached: 112

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 76-34-2


Congrats to Blanton Collier. You are the greatest coach the Cleveland Browns have had in the Super Bowl era. What does that all mean exactly? I don’t know. That’s kind of like winning an award for being the ugliest person in the room. Do you really want to show that one off to people? All’s I know is…..Blanton Collier isn’t walking through that door anytime soon so get your shit together Browns.