Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson reacts during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

In many industries, the toughest part of finding work is getting your foot in the door. Once you get that first job, it’s easier to network and maintain relationships and potentially have an in if something comes up elsewhere.

This is especially true when it comes to NFL coaching, because you can apparently be the absolute worst at your job and still find work. That’s the case with Hue Jackson, who is arguably the worst NFL head coach ever. Fired just two weeks ago after having a 3-36-1 record in three seasons with the Browns, Jackson has already found work with the Cincinnati Bengals, who hired him as Marvin Lewis’ “Special Assistant to the Head Coach.”

Because of the absurdity of it all, people made jokes about the announcement. Most notably, people made the obligatory comparisons to Dwight Schrute from The Office being Assistant (to the) Regional Manager.

Lewis, despite being a mediocre head coach for 16 years and never winning a playoff game, somehow not only still has a job, but can also make personnel decisions. Yes, Jackson was on the Bengals coaching staff a couple times, including as offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015, which were the last two seasons the Bengals were in the playoffs, but still hadn’t won a playoff game. So whatever this “Special Assistant to the Head Coach” position entails, it’s likely to be the blind leading the blind in Cincinnati.

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