Sizing up the NFL Coach of Year market

By Aaron Moore  ( 

November 17, 2021 08:39 PM

It’s time to thin the herd of candidates for the NFL Coach of the Year Award. 

Passing the midpoint of the season makes it easier to identify all those out of contention to create a smaller population of viable names to analyze. 

Handicapping in this manner provides valuable information for bettors looking to make a late entry into the market or to give those with tickets in hand an idea of where they stand. 

From the original pool of 32 names, 24 can be eliminated.

That leaves a much more manageable group of eight names to analyze. 

Those making this mid-November round of cuts are (odds courtesy of DraftKings):

Mike Vrabel (+ 400)

Kliff Kingsbury (+ 750)

Mike McCarthy (+ 800)

Sean McVay (+ 1000)

Brandon Staley (+ 1000)

Bill Belichick (+ 1200)

Sean McDermott (+ 1600)

Zach Taylor (+ 1600)

That puts a number of noticeable names just on the wrong side of the list.

Matt LaFleur (+ 1400) has relatively short odds but doesn’t make the cut because of his role in the Aaron Rodgers vaccine soap opera. The media members who vote on the award won’t want to show any support for Rodgers, and that will create some guilt by association for LaFleur. 

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