(To view the chart with this report, subscribe to Point Spread Weekly)
Naturally, there are always a ton of great storylines to follow each NFL season, and bettors need to do their best to keep up with all the changes. For 2021, one of the biggest stories will revolve around the array of rookie head coaches that will be pacing the sidelines. There are six in all, and that doesn’t include Lions front man Dan Campbell, who has just 12 games under his belt, having served as an interim coach for the Dolphins in 2015. Six new coaches ties for the highest number in any year of the last decade. Here are those new coaches:
Arthur Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Smith inherits an Atlanta team that has long been stocked with offensive talent. The consensus is that this team has underachieved in recent years under Dan Quinn. There is therefore a lot to build on as the Falcons went 4-12 last season despite being outscored by only 1.1 points per game. Smith comes to Atlanta from the Tennessee Titans, where he served as offensive coordinator.