Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell is the favorite in NFL coach of the year odds.

2022 NFL Coach Of The Year Odds: O’Connell Favored Over Staley, Daboll

When it comes to the four main North American professional sports leagues, no coach has as much impact on the game as the head coach does in the NFL. That’s why winning the NFL Coach of the Year award as the league’s best coach is a significant honor.

Sizing up NFL Coach of the Year odds on which bench boss will garner the hardware, the list is comprised of some new names and some familiar faces as we head into the 2022 season.

Oddsmakers at Sportsbook began the season with Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell as the favorite to win the award at +1200. O’Connell is followed by Brandon Staley of the Los Angeles Chargers (+1400) and Brian Daboll of the New York Giants (+1400) to round out the betting favorites in NFL Coach of the Year odds.

Who Are NFL Coach Of The Year Betting Favorites?

2022 NFL Coach of the Year Award Odds
Kevin O’Connell (MIN)+1200
Brandon Staley (LAC)+1400
Brian Daboll (NYG)+1400
Nathaniel Hackett (DEN)+1600
Mike McDaniel (MIA)+1600
Nick Sirianni (PHI)+1600
Dan Campbell (DET)+1800
Kyle Shanahan (SF)+1800
Josh McDaniels (LV)+1800
Sean McDermott (BUF)+2000
Zac Taylor (CIN)+2000
Sean McVay (LAR)+2000
Kevin Stefanski (CLE)+2000
Doug Pederson (JAX)+2000
Frank Reich (IND)+2000
Bill Belichick (NE)+2000
Mike Tomlin (PIT)+2200
Todd Bowles (TB)+2500
Mike Vrabel (TEN)+2500
Matt LaFleur (GB)+2500
Kliff Kingsbury (ARI)+2500
Andy Reid (KC)+2500
Ron Rivera (WAS)+2500
Dennis Allen (NO)+2500
John Harbaugh (BAL)+2500
Robert Saleh (NYJ)+2800
Mike McCarthy (DAL)+3000
Matt Eberflus (CHI)+4000
Matt Rhule (CAR)+4000
Pete Carroll (SEA)+5000
Arthur Smith (ATL)+5000
Lovie Smith (HOU)+5000

Odds as of September 7 at Sportsbook

NFL Coach Of The Year Betting Strategy

The beginning of the regular season is coming up fast and while others are busy figuring out how to differentiate the contenders from the pretenders, the big money to be made is on who will be the league’s top head coach.

Football is like a chess match with the coaches serving as the grand masters competing for the coveted Super Bowl trophy. But strategy and inspiration can only get a team so far, as the coaches from top teams generally end up being the candidates that are taken most seriously when voting comes around for the NFL Coach of the Year award during the season.

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Not since 1990 has the Sportsbook of this award coached a team to fewer than 10 wins (Jimmy Johnson’s Cowboys went 7-9). And only twice since 2000 has the Sportsbook’s team had fewer than 11 wins.

Before placing your bets, always try to look ahead and determine if the coach you are going to wager on is going to have a successful season. If they end up on the losing side of the spectrum, don’t be surprised if their trophy case – and your bankroll – remains empty at the end of the season.

NFL Coach Of The Year Favorites

Kevin O’Connell (+1200)

Heading into his first season as head coach of the Vikings, O’Connell is the favorite in NFL Coach of the Year odds and it’s a bit peculiar why his name tops the list.

O’Connell is the latest coach to fall off the Sean McVay coaching tree and into a head coaching job without a ton of experience. After a cup of coffee in the NFL that included six total pass attempts over four years on six different rosters, he was a quarterbacks coach for Washington for a couple of years before landing the offensive coordinator role for the last two seasons with the Rams.

The Rams of course won the Super Bowl last season with O’Connell as the OC, and the Vikings are clearly hoping they have discovered the latest offensive wonder boy.

But while I don’t think there’s much reason to doubt him at this point considering his success in L.A., I don’t see the quality on the Vikings roster that will lead to the kind of success in the win column that is required to win this award.

O’Connell will certainly call a more up-tempo style of game and throw the ball more often, but there are too many holes on this roster to see the 11 or 12 wins that would probably be needed. We’re passing on him at +1200.

Brandon Staley (+1400)

Coming off a heartbreak end to the season, Brandon Staley is looking for redemption after his highly questionable decision-making in the final minutes of a win-or-go-home matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 18 ultimately cost the Chargers their first postseason berth since 2018.

Oozing with young talents such as Justin Herbert and Derwin James and fortified by the offseason acquisitions of All-Pro talent Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson, the Chargers are looking like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Staley is a defensive-oriented coach and with these massive additions to his roster, the Chargers could be shutting down every team in the NFL this season.

If Staley is able to clean up some of his offensive decision-making and exorcise last season’s demons, he could be a great option when betting on NFL Coach of the Year odds.

Brian Daboll (+1400)

A longtime pupil of Bill Belichick, Daboll was handed the keys to the New York Giants squad ahead of the 2022 season. The 47-year-old made a name for himself from 2018 to 2021 when he served as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator, successfully scheming up plays for budding superstar quarterback Josh Allen.

There’s hope that Daboll’s reputation as a play-calling/QB guru translates to the Big Apple, where incumbent quarterback Daniel Jones is badly in need of some guidance. +1400 makes him a surprising favorite, given the Giants’ disastrous last few seasons, but his reputation, combined with New York’s solid offense, makes his top-three placement fair. 

The Giants have dynamic playmakers in Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay, though they lack a winning culture. Typically, wins lead to Coach of the Year awards. Daboll brings an intriguing football mind to New York, but we don’t love the value offered at +1400. 

NFL Coach Of The Year Value Bets

Aside from the betting favorites for the Coach of the Year award, there are several other great bets to be made with these odds that could land you a huge payday.

Sean McDermott (+2000)

Heading into his sixth season as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Sean McDermott is a good bet at +2000 to claim what would be his first Coach of the Year award. McDermott has been in the running for the award several times, but this could be the year he breaks through and takes home the honor. 

With three consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back AFC East championships, the Bills have their sights set on the Super Bowl. Looking like major favorites to once again win their division and put up another double-digit win campaign, McDermott could be poised to capture the Coach of the Year award.

Matt LaFleur (+2500)

A young but proven head coach in the NFL, Matt LaFleur has seen nothing but success in his time as the leader of the Green Bay Packers. Behind all-time great Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are looking like Super Bowl contenders once again, and within a weak division they will easily have LaFleur back in contention for Coach of the Year.

With a dazzling 39-10 record as a head coach, winning is nothing new to LaFleur. Having already had his name floated around within Coach of the Year conversations ever since taking the reins in Green Bay, another dominant season with the Packers could secure him his first Coach of the Year win.

Todd Bowles (+2500)

After former head coach Bruce Arians stepped away from his duties this offseason, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was handed the keys and may have his Buccaneers back in the Super Bowl when all is said and done this season.

Serving on Tampa Bay’s staff since 2019, Bowles knows his personnel well and will be able to put his team in a winning position on a weekly basis. He also has head coaching experience after a three-year stint with the Jets.

With Tom Brady’s surprising return to football after briefly retiring this offseason, Bowles’ promotion to head coach is rumored to have been a large selling point in Brady’s return to the team. With a team dripping in talent, this second-time head coach could be a fantastic value and give bettors insane returns this season.

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Best Bet: Brandon Staley (+1400)

In our opinion, Brandon Staley is the best bet for the NFL Coach of the Year. With virtually every option on the board holding generous odds, there is not a bad pick in terms of value. Staley is the convincing pick based on his team’s talent level and his familiarity with his roster.

Bet Staley to win Coach of the Year for the 2022 NFL season and you could see some of the best returns possible on any of the futures odds within the NFL betting market.

NFL Coach Of The Year Award History

NFL Coach of the Year Award Sportsbooks (Since 2012)
2021Mike Vrabel (TEN)12-5
2020Kevin Stefanski (CLE)11-5
2019John Harbaugh (BAL)14-2
2018Matt Nagy (CHI)12-4
2017Sean McVay (LAR)11-5
2016Jason Garrett (DAL)13-3
2015Ron Rivera (CAR)15-1
2014Bruce Arians (ARI)11-5
2013Ron Rivera (CAR)12-4
2012Bruce Arians (IND)11-5

Who is the favorite to win the 2022 NFL Coach of the Year award?

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell is favored to win Coach of the Year, followed by Brandon Staley of the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants coach Brian Daboll. 

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