We’re tracking the 2022 NFL Coach of the Year odds to see which leading candidates are expected to challenge for this regular-season award.
This AP-backed gong goes to the manager who has done the best job of working with the talent at his disposal, rather than just achieving the most wins.
Interestingly, the last time a victor secured Super Bowl success in the same campaign was Bill Belichick of New England in 2003.
Here are the main contenders to come out on top this year and the latest prices:
BRIAN DABOLL @ 13.0
Canadian-born Daboll has built up a wealth of experience as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Alabama Crimson Tide. Now he gets his chance to shine as a head coach and resurrect the flagging fortunes of the New York Giants. A trio of first-round draft picks could help the 47-year-old Ontario native to hit the ground running and three of the past five NFL Coach of the Year winners were in their first season as leader of the franchise.
DAN CAMPBELL @ 13.0
After spending over a decade as an assistant at Miami and New Orleans, Campbell took over as Detroit supremo before the start of last season. A baptism of fire saw the Lions lose 10 of their first 11 games, with the only respite being a draw with Pittsburgh. However, three wins from the last six outings suggested better times are ahead and local hero Aidan Hutchinson could help to inspire a change in culture after arriving via the draft.
KEVIN O’CONNELL @ 15.0
O’Connell was a key factor in the Los Angeles Rams achieving Super Bowl success in his second season as offensive coordinator and Minnesota certainly took note of his role in that triumph. He has now been reunited with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, having previously worked together in Washington. Star wide receiver Justin Jefferson and Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook are nice weapons to have in a weak division.
MIKE McDANIEL @ 17.0
Having spent 17 years in various offensive-minded assistant roles, reaching Super Bowls with Atlanta and San Francisco, McDaniel gets an interesting first top job in Miami. Promising quarterback Tua Tagovailoa now has Tyreek Hill to throw to and a proven protector in tackle Terron Armstead, so McDaniel does appear to be taking over at just the right time.
NICK SIRIANNI @ 17.0
Sirianni became the first Philadelphia head coach to make the playoffs in his maiden year in charge since 1995, leading the Eagles to a 9-8 record before going down to Tampa Bay in the Wild Card round. A strong running game paved the way for that decent return and acquiring elite-level wide-out AJ Brown in a trade from Tennessee can give this team more balance going forward. A series of high-profile free agency recruits on defence also puts Sirianni in a good position to build on his early promise.
JOSH McDANIELS @ 17.0
The 46-year-old did not cover himself in glory when replacing Mike Shanahan as Denver boss back in 2009 but has had time to mature under the wing of Belichick during a decade with the Patriots. McDaniels gets a second bite at the cherry with the Las Vegas Raiders, who have been second in the AFC West for the past two seasons. Teaming up wide receiver Davante Adams with established signal caller Derek Carr is definitely a big plus.
NATHANIEL HACKETT @ 17.0
Offensive coordinator positions at Buffalo, Jacksonville and Green Bay should have prepared Hackett for his first top job in Denver. He won’t have Aaron Rodgers to work with at Mile High Stadium, but general manager George Paton has done him a big favour by going out and getting Russell Wilson from Seattle. A switch in emphasis from building through the draft to pushing for instant success via other notable free agency deals makes this an exciting move.
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