Not everyone has what it takes to be a head coach in the National Football League. It doesn’t matter how knowledgable you are about the game, if you can’t produce results on the field, your time in the big seat will be short-lived. That’s just the nature of the beast.
As Week Four of the 2015 season sets to kickoff with Thursday Night’s clash between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, some head coaches are already starting to feel the heat. As their teams continue to underperform, there’s a good chance that at least one of them will be fired in the near future. On the flip side, there are some coaches whose teams are thriving. And as we’ve seen before, good things come to those who win.
While there are still plenty of games left in 2015, the good people in Vegas have wasted little time in projecting which head coaches now have the best odds of being honored by the season’s end. Therefore, with that in mind, here’s a look at the three leading candidates for NFL Coach of the Year.
3. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
- Odds: 8-1
Like it or not, Bill Belichick is the best in the business. Not only was he completely unfazed during the Deflategate fiasco, but he managed to keep the rest of the New England Patriots even-keeled amidst all the chaos, uncertainty, and immense public scrutiny. That’s no small task.
And ever since the 2015 season began, all the Pats have done is put up 39.7 points per game and annihilate every opponent that’s gotten in their way. Folks are even beginning to talk about an undefeated season. While we think that’s a bit premature, we don’t see the Patriots slowing down any time soon. If that ends up being the case, there’s no reason why the hooded one shouldn’t be rewarded for a job well done.
2. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
- Odds: 13-2
It’d be easy to look at the Green Bay Packers’ 3-0 start and chalk it up to the incredible play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After all, the reigning MVP is arguably playing the best football of his entire career. However, it’s important to give credit where credit’s due. And as far as putting what’s best for the team before one’s own personal feelings, few have sacrificed quite like Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy.
It’s not every day that a person decides to relinquish their play-calling duties; especially when that individual happens to have the best QB on the planet at his disposal. Except that’s what McCarthy did prior to the start of the 2015 season. And that choice seems to be working out quite nicely for Green Bay. Mike McCarthy has been one of the better coaches in the National Football League for a while now. Perhaps 2015 will be the year that fact is reaffirmed with a Coach of the Year award.
1. Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals
- Odds: 5-1
If Bruce Arians is eventually named Coach of the Year, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s received the honor. In fact, not only did he win the award last season, but he won it in 2012 after being named the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts following Chuck Pagano’s diagnosis of leukemia. Still, considering the job he’s doing in Arizona this season, it’d be outrageous not to consider him for the award.
With Arians at the helm, the Arizona Cardinals look like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. This club is putting up 42 points per game (the best in the NFL) and only allowing the opposition to score 16.3 points per contest. In what many view to be the most competitive division in football — the NFC West — the Cards currently sit alone at the top of the mountain. As far as we’re concerned, none of that would be happening if Arians wasn’t running the show.
Odds are courtesy of sportsbook.ag.
All statistics are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.