Cleveland Browns Top-5 all-time worst head coaches

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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns talks to head coach Mike Pettine during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Browns No. 4 worst coach: Mike Pettine

There was so much about the hiring of Mike Pettine back in 2014 that was screaming red flags. He had been a high school coach for years and then made the dramatic jump to the NFL as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens. When he got to Cleveland he had an immediate quarterback controversy on his hands as the Browns had just drafted Johnny Manziel to compete against Brian Hoyer.

It was a daily soap opera in Berea and the organization was asking a coach with no previous head coaching experience in the NFL to try and lead them to success. He managed to hang on for two seasons going 10-22 overall.

Since his head coaching stint in Cleveland, he’s continued in the league but as an assistant — which based on the horrors of those two seasons as the Browns coach is probably a much better fit for him.

Cleveland Browns No. 3 worst coach: Eric Mangini

Eric Mangini was a rising star in the NFL and was a hot name back in 2008 when the Browns hired him as their head coach. He had some modest success before he arrived in Cleveland. He was the head coach of the New York Jets for three seasons where those teams had two campaigns of winning records.

There was some excitement around the hire but that initial feeling soon faded as the Browns started the year at 1-11. The team seemed to rally around their coach as they won four games in a row to finish the season on a high note. Mangini managed to get one more season with the team but that went poorly as well as they finished with another 5-11 record.