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Brett Favre Has a Dark Horse Pick for NFL Coach of the Year

Brett Favre has not been a mainstay in the NFL’s coverage in the same way other players like Tony Romo and Peyton Manning have. He does, however, occasionally make the media rounds and speak about the game where he broke so many records during his long career. Recently, Favre spoke out about who he believed was the Coach of the Year. His answer may surprise people and seems especially dated now.

Who is Brett Favre’s Coach of the Year? 

In a week 10 talk with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Favre spoke about the NFL’s tightest Coach of the Year race in years. While several coaches from the obvious to the up-and-coming have had their names thrown out, Favre’s pick for the honor may turn a few heads and make people wonder what he is thinking about the trade. 

“I don’t know what the outcome of the season will be but if I had to pick a coach of the year right now it would be Jon Gruden,” Brett Favre said (per ProFootballTalk). “Some people may say I’m absolutely crazy but I think he’s done a tremendous job.”

Favre went on to cite the way that Gruden has handled drama. From the fallout of the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades to the Antonio Brown drama that dominated much of the preseason, Favre is impressed with the way that Gruden came out and still had the team playing well. 

“I think when you look at all those things that have occurred and where they are and more importantly how they’re playing, they’re playing well and they’re responding to how he coaches,” Favre said. “It’s just a tremendous job, it really is. I’m very impressed with what he’s done there.”

On top of the drama, the Raiders had an insane road trip that even took them overseas to London, and they have the looming relocation hovering over their heads as they prepare to storm Las Vegas next season. The comments did, however, come before an embarrassing loss to the New York Jets, and with the Raiders at 6-6, other coaches have gained a clear advantage over Gruden since the comments. 

Still, in a culture where hot takes dominate the news cycle, Favre was able to articulate his thoughts at a time when they were not entirely crazy. Now, however, Gruden will have a hard time surpassing these other candidates.

But despite recent struggles, Gruden has done an admirable job given the circumstances of this season for the Raiders. 

John Harbaugh

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Harbaugh might be making the best late-season push for the coach of the year job, and even if he doesn’t win the award, he deserves some credit for the emergence of Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

Harbaugh has used Jackson’s strengths as a running quarterback and also allowed him to use his arm by getting a staff around him who works well with Jackson. The 11-2 record, combined with the recent dominance over very good teams doesn’t hurt things, either. 

Bill Belichick

If history tells us anything, Bill Belichick will get Coach of the Year votes, but he will not win. Not to say that Belichick is the odds-on favorite to win the award this year, but even when he is, others seem to win over him.

Like his quarterback, Tom Brady, and other all-time greats, once a sporting figure reaches a certain point it is hard to get the accolades they deserve. In this case, however, it might be deserved by whoever wins. 

Kyle Shanahan: fronter runner for Coach of the Year

A few weeks ago, Shanahan might have been the odds-on favorite to win the Coach of the Year award. After defeating the Saints in a thrilling game, it appears that Shanahan only improved his odds.

Still, after becoming one of the Cinderella teams of the 2019 season with a stellar defense and emerging Jimmy Garoppolo, Shanahan is a top candidate to win the coveted award.