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Jones probably exceeded expectations in his coaching run. Maybe not in his highly-skilled, technical breakdowns and ability to convey much beyond “do what I do as the best pure athlete in the UFC,” but definitely in his charisma and ability to win the battle against his negative public image.
The fact is that Jones is on another level in terms of the things he can make his body do, and how quickly he can learn to do it. As with most great athletes who are excelling (or excelled) in their sport, they don’t make the best coaches. That’s the case with Jones.
As a result, he surrounded himself with solid assistant coaches and allowed his team to get better that way, jumping in to run things himself when he saw fit. It shows the willingness to adapt to running a team and not think he can take on the world himself, something he’d have every right to believe given how he’s buzzsawed through the 205-pound division.
Overall it’s probably fair to say that Jones has been solid in his role, coming across as less pompous and unlikeable than he does most of the time (might want to send a bottle of whisky over to the boys in the editing suite as a thank-you?) and keeping his team competitive throughout.
Youth and inexperience beyond knowing how to absolutely crush a guy but not getting why someone else can’t simply crush a guy hurts his score a little though.