Andy Reid may not win coach of the year. His teams are good every year so sometimes you tend to forget about those coaches for these postseason awards. Jerry Sloan and the Jazz a good example, so is the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, who should win it in a lot of years.
Bovada has released odds on the coach of the year award and Andy Reid’s name is among those mentioned as the Chiefs sit at 11-4 and in the running for a first round bye.
Favorites for NFL Coach of the Year via @BovadaLV— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 28, 2016
Jason Garrett: 2-1
Dan Quinn: 4-1
Bill Belichick: 15-2
Jack Del Rio: 15-2
Andy Reid: 15-2
Garrett has to be the answer here. The Cowboys lost their starting quarterback shortly before the season and the backup to him is in the MVP conversation. Also in the MVP and rookie of the year conversation is Ezekiel Elliot. No. 4 overall pick or not, that’s an impressive run as a coach to take young players like this and get so much production out of them (yeah, yeah, the Cowboys o-line).
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio should be much higher. I can’t believe he has the same odds as Andy Reid. While the Chiefs have had a ton of injuries that Reid has done a terrific job of covering up, the Raiders rise is one of the biggest stories in the NFL this year. Plus, Del Rio made a few clutch decisions late in games that have worked out for them. (OK, I’m talking up the Raiders too much here).