Hue Jackson Firing Creates Opening for New Worst Against-the-Spread Head Coach
USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Vance Joseph and Hue Jackson
- The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson on Monday. Jackson went 3-36-1 straight up and 13-27 against the spread while in Cleveland.
- The new worst ATS coach in the league goes to Vance Joseph, who has quietly done terrible against the spread over the past year and a half.
- The Broncos have covered in three straight games, but Joseph's ATS record with them is still just 7-15-2.
Cleveland Browns fans everywhere are jumping for joy, as head coach Hue Jackson has been canned. In a surprising turn of events, the team also fired offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be the Browns' interim head coach.
Jackson's run in Cleveland is one of infamy.
Forty games, three wins.
When you coach a team for two and a half seasons, Jason Pierre-Paul shouldn't be able to count your wins on his right hand and still have fingers left over.
Jackson's numbers against the spread were equally horrendous, as he went just 13-27, according to our Bet Labs data. That includes a nice 5-3 ATS record this season, too.
Browns are +11 in turnover margin with a 2-5-1 record thru 8 weeks.
Since 2006: 38 teams w +8 turnover margin or better thru 8 wks, none had a losing record…
Since 1975: 71 teams w +11 turnover margin or better thru 8 wks, none had a losing record…
except the 2018 Browns.
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 29, 2018
With Hue out of town and likely out of the league for quite some time, another coach needs to take his place at the bottom of the ATS standings.
AND HERE HE IS…
Coach Vance Joseph, from here, you watch him now on the screen. Quarterback at Colorado, defensive back in the NFL…and the new worst ATS winning percentage among current head coaches.
Sergio Dipp would not be happy to learn that Vance Joseph is not having the time of his life.
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At just 7-15-2 ATS, Joseph actually has a worse career ATS record than Jackson did if you factor in Jackson's year in Oakland during which he went 9-6-1 ATS.
Joseph and the Broncos have rattled off three straight covers, which ended an absolutely atrocious stretch against the spread. In the 17 games before that, Denver went 2-14-1 ATS. That's a feat that would impress even Hue.
Of course, the Broncos have done better from a traditional win-loss standpoint than the Browns, but Joseph's 8-16 career record isn't anything to brag about.