The 2016 NFL season is more than four months away, but that hasn’t prevented the oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com from releasing their odds for the Coach of the Year Award. Although most major prop bets aren’t released until right before the start of the season, Sportsbook.com has already posted MVP odds and Defensive Player of the Year odds.
It’s also worth noting that Sportsbook.com has also posted lines for every game between Weeks 1-16. These are particularly interesting because the lines from CG Technology were posted before news broke about Tom Brady’s suspension being reinstated. Sportsbook.com has moved most of the Patriots’ lines by 3-points, which is only half of his value to the spread. That indicates they believe there’s a decent chance Brady’s suspension will be overturned.
We should point out that Sportsbook.com is known for taking weeks to pay out their clients, but these odds provide an interesting insight into the top Coach of the Year candidates for next season.
Last season, Carolina’s Ron Rivera captured the league’s highest coaching honor for the second time in three years. Prior to the start of the season, Rivera was available at +4000 at 5Dimes. New England’s Bill Belichick was the preseason favorite at +800.
The table below displays the current NFL Coach of the Year odds at Sportsbook.com.
|Coach||Team||Sportsbk (8/29)||Sportsbk (4/29)|
|Bruce Arians||Arizona Cardinals||+700||+600|
|Mike Zimmer||Minnesota Vikings||+700||+1600|
|Bill Belichick||New England Patriots||+900||+500|
|Ron Rivera||Carolina Panthers||+1100||+450|
|Mike McCarthy||Green Bay Packers||+1200||+1000|
|Andy Reid||Kansas City Chiefs||+1400||+1800|
|Gus Bradley||Jacksonville Jaguars||+1500||+3000|
|Jack Del Rio||Oakland Raiders||+1500||+2500|
|Mike Tomlin||Pittsburgh Steelers||+1500||+1400|
|Pete Carroll||Seattle Seahawks||+1600||+700|
|Todd Bowles||New York Jets||+2500||+2000|
|Jason Garrett||Dallas Cowboys||+2800||+3000|
|Marvin Lewis||Cincinnati Bengals||+3000||+1200|
|Doug Pederson||Philadelphia Eagles||+3000||+10000|
|John Harbaugh||Baltimore Ravens||+3500||+4000|
|Adam Gase||Miami Dolphins||+3500||+10000|
|Chuck Pagano||Indianapolis Colts||+4000||+3000|
|Gary Kubiak||Denver Broncos||+4000||+3000|
|Hue Jackson||Cleveland Browns||+4000||+10000|
|Sean Payton||New Orleans Saints||+5000||+4000|
|Chip Kelly||San Francisco 49ers||+5000||+10000|
|John Fox||Chicago Bears||+5000||+5000|
|Bill O'Brien||Houston Texans||+5000||+6000|
|Ben McAdoo||New York Giants||+5000||+10000|
|Rex Ryan||Buffalo Bills||+6000||+7500|
|Jay Gruden||Washington Redskins||+6000||+10000|
|Dirk Koetter||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+7500||+6000|
|Jeff Fisher||Los Angeles Rams||+7500||+10000|
|Mike Mularkey||Tennessee Titans||+7500||+10000|
|Dan Quinn||Atlanta Falcons||+8000||+8000|
|Jim Caldwell||Detroit Lions||+8000||+10000|
|Mike McCoy||San Diego Chargers||+10000||+10000|
Historically this award has not necessarily been given to the head coach of the best team, but rather the team with the biggest turnaround from the previous season. For that reason, I think that Oakland’s Jack Del Rio (+2500) is one of the more intriguing options.
As I’ve stated on several occasions, I’m all-in on the Raiders this year. In just his second season, Derek Carr emerged as one of the league’s top young quarterbacks, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards with a 32:13 touchdown to interception ratio. They also have one of the league’s most dynamic receivers (Amari Cooper) and pass rushers (Khalil Mack).
We have already seen early sharp money taking the over on Oakland’s win total, which indicates that I’m not alone in my adoration of the silver and black. I’m expecting a significant regression from the Broncos with Mark Sanchez behind center, which makes the Raiders a sleeper candidate to win the AFC West. Considering that the Raiders haven’t made the playoffs since 2002, Del Rio would likely receive heaps of praise if Oakland wins their division.
Which players do you think are offering value? Do you think that Belichick can win in spite of Brady’s absence? Can Riverboat Ron take home this award for the third time in four seasons? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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