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McVay The Odds-On Favorite To Win Coach of the Year

There were more than a few eyebrows raised when the Los Angeles Rams hired 30-year-old Sean McVay to be their head coach last offseason. After all, he was practically a toddler compared with other coaches in the NFL – the next youngest is Kyle Shanahan, who is 37.

However, McVay immediately proved to be up to the challenge of taking what was a historically bad offense featuring a rookie quarterback already being labeled as a bust in 2016 and turning it into one of the best teams in the NFL in 2017. “McBae” – as many obnoxious Rams fans have begun calling him – brought his unique, uptempo offense to the City of Angels and made Jared Goff look great and Todd Gurley look like the best running back in football.

And though many of the voters will care about the turnaround of the offense and a young quarterback, McVay’s intelligent hirings on the sideline have put him in prime position to succeed. The youngster brought in Wade Phillips – who started coaching in the NFL 10 years before McVay was born – to be the defensive coordinator and held on to John Fassel as the special teams coach.

For these many reasons, McVay is a heavy -300 favorite to win the NFL Coach of the Year Award.

McVay’s stiffest competition comes from Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. The Eagles have the best record in football despite dealing with several key injuries all over the field – including potential MVP Carson Wentz. The only major negative against Pederson is the performance of Eagles GM Howie Roseman, who had a banner offseason and bolstered Philly’s lineup like few others in the NFL. Roseman very well could get more credit than Pederson, thus hampering the coach’s chances of winning the award.

NFL Coach Of The Year Betting Odds

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

  • Sean McVay -300
  • Doug Pederson +500
  • Doug Marrone +900
  • Bill Belichick +900
  • Mike Tomlin +900
  • Sean Payton +1200