NFL COY Odds and Analysis: Campbell, Ryans and McDaniel on Top


Dec 13, 2023

As the NFL season progresses, the Coach of the Year award remains a hot topic, with several contenders in the running.

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Top 5 NFL COY Odds at FanDuel 

  • Dan Campbell +325
  • DeMeco Ryans +325
  • Mike McDaniel +325
  • Shane Steichen +700
  • Kyle Shanahan +1000

Dan Campbell has been a favorite all year, currently at +360 odds. However, he’s now joined by co-favorites DeMeco Ryans and Mike McDaniel at +325.

The list of potential awardees doesn’t end there. Coaches like Sean Payton, Kyle Shanahan, Kevin Stefanski, John Harbaugh, and Zac Taylor make strong cases. Taylor, in particular, is noteworthy for potentially leading the Cincinnati Bengals to success with quarterback Jake Browning filling in for injured Joe Burrow. It could significantly bolster his claim for the award if he accomplishes a playoff spot like this.

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Ryans’s work with the Houston Texans, especially with quarterback CJ Stroud and a robust defense, is commendable. Ryans ‘ achievement stands out, considering the team’s draft position and playoff aspirations. However, Stefanski has the advantage of working with a veteran quarterback in Joe Flacco, making Ryans’s feat more impressive in comparison.

Discussing the Detroit Lions, their pre-season hype raises questions about Campbell’s odds. The expectation of success for the Lions seems to have influenced the perception of Campbell’s achievements.

Harbaugh with the Baltimore Ravens presents an intriguing case. Despite a strong 9-3 record, Harbaugh’s odds are deeper, at 12 to 1, raising questions about the evaluation criteria. The comparison between Shanahan and Harbaugh becomes crucial, especially if the Ravens finish with a record comparable to the San Francisco 49ers.

Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys is another notable mention, albeit with longer odds at 25 to 1. The award typically favors coaches who lead teams to exceed expectations, and McCarthy’s performance could be seen in that light.

Sean Payton also deserves consideration, especially if he leads his team to the playoffs. The conversation then shifts to coaches like Matt LaFleur of the Green Bay Packers. If Green Bay reaches the playoffs with quarterback Jordan Love, LaFleur’s odds of 28 to 1 could become more attractive.

Entering Week 15, the debate is intense, with preferences leaning toward coaches like Ryans, Stefanski, and Taylor. As many argue, the award should ideally go to a coach who leads a team to unexpected heights, making this year’s race particularly intriguing.

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