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NFL Coach of the Year
Ironically enough the National Football League head coach that wins the NFL Coach of the Year honors is often not the best coach. In fact, most of the time it will go to the coach that led a team to an unexpectedly good season. A perfect case in point was from the 2018 season when Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears led that team from a 5-11 record in the 2017 campaign before he took over to a 12-4 record last year as champions of the NFC North. The same thing happened when Sean McVay won the 2017 NFL coach of the Year honors with the Los Angles Rams. In 2016 the Rams finished 4-12. Following that McVay was hired and led the Rams to an 11-5 improvement. So, wagering on the NFL Coach of the Year is often a wager on which team will be the most improved.
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NFL Coach of the Year Overview
Although the AP NFL Coach of the Year award is the best known it is hardly the organization bestowing the honor. So be sure to check which organization is sponsoring the Coach of the Year award that you are wagering on. Besides the AP, NFL Coach of the Year honors are awarded by the Sporting News, and the Maxwell Football Club. Let’s take a look at the top candidates to win the NFL Coach of the Year honors.
Freddie Kitchens – Cleveland Browns
One of the trendy picks to have a big 2019 season are the Cleveland Browns with head coach Freddie Kitchens, who ended up as associate head coach after the eighth week of the 2018 season when Hue Jackson was fired. Cleveland finished well with a 5-3 record and Kitchens was hired as a result. Kitchens coordinated the offense that featured the strong play of then rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns were an 0-16 team in 2017 so everyone is caught up in the excitement. Yet that improvement occurred in the second half of the season when nobody was taking the Browns seriously. Now the tables are turned and Cleveland has a target as the new favorite of the NFC North.
Frank Reich – Indianapolis Colts
Last year Reich was a serious Coach of the Year candidate when he took the Indianapolis Colts from a 4-12 mark the season before his arrival to a 10-6 record and a playoff spot in 2018. Much like Cleveland the question is if the Colts continue their serge or does Indy take a step back.
Anthony Lynn – Los Angeles Chargers
LA has shown strong improvement under Lynn with records of 9-7 and 12-4 in his first two years on the job. In fact, the Chargers are considered to be the top challenger to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. If Los Angeles topples the Chiefs, Lynn could be in!
Matt LaFleur – Green Bay Packers
Gamblers looking for a team that could show rapid improvement may look no farther than the Green Bay Packers. New head coach Matt LaFleur arrives to take over a team with one of the best quarterbacks in history with Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay finished 6-9-1 in 2018 and was forced to fire Mike McCarthy. LaFleur could be the fresh voice that Rodgers and the Pack needs for one last push of glory. One factor to consider in favor of the Packers and LaFleur is that they play in the relatively weak NFC North.
2019 NFL Coach of the Year Free Pick: Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers
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