The National Football League is the most popular sports league in America. As the ultimate team sport, individual contributors’ efforts often take a back seat to chemistry and coaching. Great NFL coaches can turn a group of average players into champions.
Betting odds for NFL Coach of the Year are perennially one of the most popular wagers for the sports betting community.
Sharp betters might target a young, fledgling coach with energy and ambition or a new seasoned coach taking over a team that just needs a final push to make the leap from mediocrity to greatness.
As with most NFL wagers, betting on who will win Coach of the Year depends on several factors out of the better’s control. Injuries, suspensions, and team morale are all wild cards that might doom a coach’s chances of winning the prestigious award.
The best coach doesn’t always win. Sometimes, it’s a coach that turned around a franchise and made a good sports storyline. The Coach of the Year usually is from a successful team, however.
Here are the betting odds for NFL Coach of the Year, with a spotlight on top candidates and dark hoses.
Betting Odds To Win NFL Coach of the Year
Let’s look at the current betting odds for the NFL Coach of the Year award:
Mike McDaniel +600
Nick Sirianni +700
Kevin O’Connell +800
Brian Daboll +900
Brandon Staley +1000
Doug Pederson +1200
Sean McDermott +1800
Dan Campbell +1800
Ron Rivera +3000
Mike Tomlin +3000
Matt Lafleur +3000
Kyle Shanahan +3000
John Harbaugh +3000
Kevin Stafanski +3000
Dennis Allen +3000
Robert Saleh +3500
Andy Reid +3500
Zac Taylor +4000
Todd Bowles +4000
Sean McVay +4000
Mike Vrabel +4000
Frank Reich +4000
Mike McCarthy +5000
Coach of the Year Favorites
The following lists favorites for Coach of the Year for the 2022-23 season:
Mike McDaniels (+600)
Mike McDaniels, the coach of the Miami Dolphins, is the current betting favorite for NFL Coach of the Year – and with good reason. McDaniels fits the bill as the type of coach that voters and betters love.
He’s young, has impressive experience under his belt, and is in his first season at the helm of a dynamic and promising team. McDaniels took over head coaching duties for the Dolphins in February 2022. The team finished a solid but disappointing, 9-7 last year.
The Dolphins have a young, potential franchise quarterback in Tua Tagovaiola and exceptional receiving talent with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. McDaniels could be the impetus that takes the team to the playoffs.
McDaniels is already causing a splash in the sports world with his unique style. He recently showed footage of basketball legend Allen Iverson as part of a training seminar for the receivers.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 2-0 start this year and look impressive in the early season, so those +600 odds might be the best you see all year.
Nick Sirianni (+700)
Nick Sirianni is in his second full season as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He led the team to a 9-8 record and a surprise playoff berth as the NFC Wild Card in his first year at the helm. The team started the season a disappointing 2-5, but Sirianni helped turn around the ship.
Sirianni, 41 years old at the start of the NFL season, is one of the youngest coaches in the NFL. He leads a team with a promising young quarterback in Jalen Hurts and hard-nosed, impressive defense.
The Eagles began the 2022 season 2-0 and look to be picking up right where they left off. The team only had one turnover in their first two games, and Sirianni blamed himself for it. Players love playing for a coach that shelters them from criticism and takes responsibility.
If Sirianni can help the Eagles build on their recent success and make a deep run in the playoffs, we could be looking at the 2022-2023 NFL Coach of the Year.
Kevin O’Connell (+800)
Kevin O’Connell might be the buzziest candidate for NFL Coach of the Year. The former player and newly-minted head coach of the Minnesota Vikings is fresh off a 2022 Super Bowl victory as the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams.
O’Connell previously was an understudy of the legendary Bill Belichick in New England, among several other coaching roles. At 37 years old, he is the second-youngest coach in the NFL (notice a pattern here?).
O’Connell is taking over a promising Vikings team with a solid veteran quarterback in Kirk Cousins and dynamic athletic talents in all the skill positions, like superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook.
The Vikings had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season but have looked promising in the early season.
Dark Horse Candidate for NFL Coach of the Year
Doug Pederson, with betting odds at +1200, may prove himself the dark horse candidate for NFL Coach of the Year. Pederson took over a Jacksonville Jaguars squad that could not have been more dysfunctional last season. Urban Meyer was an embarrassment in his partial season as head coach, making headlines off the field for all the wrong reasons.
Pederson has a track record as a proven winner in the NFL. He won the Super Bowl as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. After an up-and-down five-year tenure with the squad, the Eagles fired him.
Pederson spent 2021 away from the NFL but now returns to coach a young Jaguars team with a franchise quarterback and potential superstar, Trevor Lawrence. The coach has his work cut out for him, as the squad has a culture of negativity and losing over the past few seasons.
However, if anyone can turn the team into winners, it’s Pederson. He’s done it before with the Eagles and can do it again. +1200 is good value here for the NFL Coach of the Year.