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49ers’ Shanahan Favored to Win NFL Coach of the Year Award

Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers talks to an official during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.

When it comes to NFL Coach of the Year odds, established names like Bill Belichick, Sean Payton and Andy Reid are usually topping the list prior to the beginning of the season. But for the 2019 campaign, a trio of young guns are headlining things at sportsbooks.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is the +1000 favorite to win the Coach of the Year Award, with Freddie Kitchens (+1100), Sean McVay (+1200), Bill Belichick (+1200), Frank Reich (+1400), Sean Payton (+1400), Andy Reid (+1400), Doug Pederson (+1600), Matt LaFleur (+2000) and Matt Nagy (+2000) comprising the rest of the top 10.

Does Shanahan Deserve the Favorite Label?

Given the 49ers are coming off a 4-12 SU season, it’s a bit of a shock to see Shanahan as the front-runner in this regard. But San Fran is expected to have a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo under center and a vastly improved roster that includes cornerback Jason Verrett, running back Tevin Coleman, Dee Ford and No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa and No. 36 Deebo Samuel in the 2019 NFL Draft. For the second season in a row, the Niners are a seemingly universal trendy sleeper playoff pick and could make some noise in the NFC West.

Kitchens’ ascension to the head coaching ranks in the NFL has been something to behold, which is pretty similar to the turnaround the Cleveland Browns have undergone with general manager John Dorsey in charge.

Baker Mayfield looks like a franchise quarterback already, and now he’ll have Odell Beckham Jr. to throw to. The Browns have the fifth-best odds to win the Super Bowl and if they’re able to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2002, Kitchens could easily get rewarded with Coach of the Year honors.

Don’t Sleep on Reid

My pick for this prop is undoubtedly Reid. He has been a head coach in the league since 1999 and is one of the most widely respected bench bosses in the NFL, and I think he’s primed to attain his second Coach of the Year Award in 2019.

The playoffs have been a mixed bag for him, but Reid has a career 195-124-1 record in the regular season and possesses 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes at QB. The Chiefs will likely be one of the top clubs in the NFL this season and Reid’s name should be in contention to win the individual coaching hardware when all is said and done.

Odds to Win the 2019 NFL Coach of the Year Award
Kyle Shanahan+1000
Freddie Kitchens+1100
Sean McVay+1200
Bill Belichick+1200
Frank Reich+1400
Sean Payton+1400
Andy Reid+1400
Doug Pederson+1600
Matt LaFleur+2000
Matt Nagy+2000
Vic Fangio+2000
Bruce Arians+2000
Dan Quinn+2000
Anthony Lynn+2000
Pete Carroll+2200
Doug Marrone+2500
Bill O’Brien+2800
Adam Gase+2800
Mike Zimmer+2800
John Harbaugh+2800
Mike Tomlin+2800
Jason Garrett+2800
Mike Vrabel+3300
Ron Rivera+3300
Sean McDermott+3300
Kliff Kingsbury+3300
Zac Taylor+4000
Jon Gruden+4000
Pat Shurmur+5000
Jay Gruden+5000
Matt Patricia+5000
Brian Flores+5000

Odds as of August 7 at Bovada