The Cleveland Browns have had some bad coaches, but these five coaches set the tone on how not to win ballgames and will forever be considered among the worst in team history
The Cleveland Browns have had 22 head coaches in their franchise history. There have only been five head coaches including their current coach Kevin Stefanski that have had winning records. So that means there are many more coaches that have had losing records.
Several of these coaches have only made it a year in Cleveland. Some haven’t made it through a whole season.
For today’s list of worst coaches, I took a look at coaches that had at least two seasons in town, which limited our list a bit. We had several one-hit wonders that only got a year or less.
Let’s not forget Rod Chudzinski who coached in 2013. The Ohio native just couldn’t get it done as his team finished with a record of 4-12. Two years ago, we had Freddie Kitchens only make it one season with a record of 6-10. That team and its hype had everyone cheering on the Browns but the season ended with a thud.
So with that let’s dig a bit deeper and discuss a few more coaches that have certainly made a name for themselves and not necessarily in a good way.
While some of these coaches have had greater success elsewhere, when they were the Cleveland coach they struggled mightily.
Cleveland Browns No. 5 worst coach: Chris Palmer
We’ll start with the coach that started back with the team when they rebooted in 1999. So with that, we’ll give Chris Palmer a bit of a pass on being a horrible coach because his team was more like a practice team squad at the start.
His final record was 5-27. The teams he coached struggled on offense and even with a quarterback like Tim Couch who was the No. 1 draft pick of 1999, they just couldn’t win.
It was a harsh reality for fans to watch their team lose so much after a previous decade of success. Palmer went on to coach other teams like the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans in lesser capacities like an offensive coordinator. While he struggled as the Browns coach, someone had to take the gut-wrenching job after the team came back in 1999.