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Shula fails to match father, Spagnuolo suffers in St. Louis – Hue Jackson and the worst coaches in NFL history

The Cleveland Browns have started their search for another savior after finally ending the Hue Jackson era.

A Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday proved enough for the Browns to dispense with the services of a man who oversaw just three wins in his 40 games at the helm.

Yet, for all the embarrassment the Browns is in Jackson's tenure, he's not quite the worst coach in NFL history.

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As the Browns move on with interim head coach Gregg Williams and search for the coach who will lead their young team in 2019, we look at the five worst coaches to have the NFL by winning percentage.

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Son of the legendary Don Shula, who owns the record for the most wins by NFL coach, and brother of New York's Giants offensive coordinator Mike, David was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992 but never wins in his four full seasons in charge. He's fired seven games into his fifth year. Shula took a 22-year sabbatical to run the family steakhouse business before being hired as the wide receivers coach at Dartmouth College in 2018.

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Bradley comeback of the Super Bowl last season, they were floundered under Bradley's stewardship. He's on his feet, though, and is now the coordinator of Los Angeles Chargers defense filled with stars.

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Spaghuolo was justifiably rewarded for helping the New York Giants defend that helped them beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII with the top job with the St. Louis Rams. Yet the highlight of his dismal tenure was a mediocre 7-9 season – missing out on the playoffs through a tiebreaker in a terrible year for the NFC West. He won three games across his other two seasons in St. Louis. Spagnuolo serves as an interim coach for the Giants last year after Ben McAdoo's just won one of his four games.

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Jackson was one of the hottest names on the coaching market when the Browns hired him in 2016. He impressed many in 2011 in his lone season with the Oakland Raiders, going 8-8, but never came close to that kind of respectability in Cleveland. Despite being in the hurry, Jackson took a Brown franchise far too accustomed to incompetence to a new low. A Christmas Eve victory spared him in a winless debut season but the Browns promptly went 0-16 in 2017. Jackson somehow held his job in Pittsburgh proved his last act.

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Bell bought the rights to the NFL's Philadelphia franchise in 1933 and christened them the Eagles. He became the sole owner in 1936 and was forced to lose his head. Lud Wray as head coach. He failed spectacularly, winning only 10 of his 56 matches before selling the Eagles and buying a stake in the Steelers. Bell oversaw two games as Steelers coach in 1941 and lost them both before being persuaded to resign.

While success as a coach deserted him, what followed in 1946 was an extremely influential tenure as NFL commissioner. Eagles owner, as commissioner Bell brokered a merger with the All-America Football Conference, put together the league's schedule, strengthened the NFL's mass media appeal and paved the way for a players' pension plan. Bell is known to have uttered the famous phrase: "On any given Sunday, any team in the NFL can beat any other team."


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