The Cleveland Browns have yet to win a game under Hue Jackson, leading some impatient fans to begin questioning his ability to lead this team.
Social media is a tough place for any optimistic Cleveland Browns fan to turn after this 0-6 start.
While this team is openly in a rebuilding phase, and the concept of tanking is not out of the question, rogue calls for Hue Jackson’s job are beginning to become more prevalent after this most recent loss.
From his play calling to his decision to go for a two-point conversion down nine points, these detractors are picking away at easy targets of criticism against Jackson. But it is way too early for any of this talk.
Six games into a season is no time to begin the judgment of a first-year head coach. Yes, this is not Jackson’s first head coaching job, but his tenure in Cleveland has to be judged on a season-by-season basis. This team is not going to rattle off ten straight wins to finish the season, but if they finish 3-13 or 4-12, it is basically what everyone was expecting.
That possibility is getting less likely after each loss, but it could still happen. Assuming this team is going to finish 0-16 and it is all Hue Jackson’s fault is just not logical at this point in time.
Jackson came to Cleveland knowing he was going to coach a team filled with young players, while the veterans were let go and free agents like Alex Mack, Mitchell Schwartz, Travis Benjamin and Tashaun Gipson were allowed to walk. Well, they were likely excited to get a fresh start elsewhere.
As frustrating as it is, this team is not built to win in 2016. They are able to compete, but the rest of the teams faced aren’t hiring and firing coaches every two years. The lack of stability in the organization is what this new front office is trying to fix, and Jackson is a part of that long-term plan.
Questions surrounding his job security should not arise until at least 2018, when this team should be set up to rise out of the basement of the AFC North. This is the Browns, so that is not a guarantee, but if the team has three years of terrible starts with this new plan in place, something needs to be changed.
For now, Jackson’s job is to continue to develop these young players and help them work through the growing pains of a rookie season. With all the injuries his team has suffered, it is amazing he has been able to get so much out of the many rookies on the roster, which is a testament to his abilities as a coach. Trying to chase him out of town after six games just doesn’t make any sense.