Coach of the year is a strange award, through all sports. It’s rarely given to the best coach.
Jason Garrett has won NFL coach of the year more recently than Bill Belichick. So has Matt Nagy. Belichick has been the best coach in the NFL for 20 years, he would be universally considered the greatest coach ever if so many people didn’t dislike him, and he has won coach of the year three times. The last time was 2010.
This could be Belichick’s year to tie Don Shula for the most coach of the year awards in NFL history. Belichick has taken over as the favorite to win in BetMGM’s odds.
Bill Belichick is COY favorite
Belichick is +300 to win coach of the year and Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals is right behind at +400. Matt LaFleur of the Green Bay Packers is +600 and everyone else is at least 10-to-1 odds.
Kingsbury has a great case. His Cardinals have the best record in the NFL. They had injuries to Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, Chase Edmonds and J.J. Watt recently and kept winning. They posted a 2-1 record with Colt McCoy starting at quarterback. LaFleur has guided a very good Packers team through some key injuries as well.
However, it’s clear why Belichick is the favorite. A defense that wasn’t great at times early in the season has been on a tear and is arguably the best in the NFL. That defense has Belichick’s fingerprints all over it. On offense, the Patriots have worked in rookie Mac Jones and that side of the ball is improving every week. The Patriots have won six in a row after starting 2-3. They look like a possible Super Bowl team.
If there was even a brief notion that Belichick was being propped up by Tom Brady, who won a Super Bowl in his first season without Belichick, that has been dispelled.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has won NFL coach of the year three times. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
Kliff Kingsbury has a great case as well
The coach of the year award could come down to which teams get the No. 1 seeds.