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NFL Coaches: Preseason Betting Records

Bill Belichick New England Patriots

Knowing how specific NFL head coaches approach the preseason slate is crucial for bettors at this time of year. Some coaches go with the confidence-building approach of attempting to instil a winning attitude prior to the regular season beginning, while others use the exhibition games simply to evaluate talent and test different schemes. In other words, some care more about actually winning than others.

A few preseason records pop off the page, starting with Pete Carroll of the Seahawks, who has a career 34-14-1 ATS record in preseason games. A smaller sample size has Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer at 12-5 ATS, while one coach to fade when betting the spread in the preseason is Hue Jackson of the Browns, who’s a brutal 4-8 ATS.

There are five new head coaches for 2018 who have no previous preseason NFL head coaching experience: Matt Nagy (Chicago Bears), Steve Wilks (Carolina Panthers), Matt Patricia (Detroit Lions), Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) and Frank Reich (Indianapolis Colts).

Here is a list of the NFL head coaches and their betting records both against the spread (ATS) and OVER/UNDER (O/U) heading into this year’s preseason action. Head coaches with an asterisk beside their name have never coached in the preseason.

NFL Coaches vs Spread & total in Preseason
Bill Belichick4242157360
Andy Reid3636442331
Jon Gruden2521423270
Pete Carroll3414125240
Marvin Lewis3228129320
Sean Payton2322020214
Mike McCarthy2422226220
John Harbaugh2713018211
Mike Tomlin2125017290
Ron Rivera1413115130
Jason Garrett1018113133
Doug Marrone571580
Mike Zimmer12506101
Jay Gruden10604120
Bill O'Brien9605100
Hue Jackson480291
Todd Bowles750480
Dan Quinn480471
Adam Gase440521
Dirk Koetter350161
Doug Pederson620260
Pat Shurmur350521
Sean McDermott130130
Anthony Lynn130121
Sean McVay220121
Kyle Shanahan310310
Vance Joseph301220
Matt Nagy*000000
Steve Wilks*000000
Matt Patricia*000000
Mike Vrabel*000000
Frank Reich*000000

*First season as head coach