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NFL Coaches: Preseason Betting Records

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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 instill 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 35-17 ATS record in preseason games. A smaller sample size has Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer at 17-7 ATS, while one coach to fade when betting the spread in the preseason is Jason Garrett of the Cowboys, who’s a brutal 12-22-2 ATS.

There are six new head coaches for 2019 who had no previous preseason NFL head coaching experience: Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals), Vic Fangio (Denver Broncos), Matt LaFleur (Green Bay Packers), Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals), Freddie Kitchens (Cleveland Browns) and Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins).

Here is a list of the NFL head coaches, dating back to 1995, and their betting records both against the spread (ATS) and OVER/UNDER (O/U) in preseason action.

Head Coach Preseason Betting Records
CoachATS RecordO/U Record
Bill Belichick42-37-6 (53.2%)40-43-2
Andy Reid39-41-4 (48.8%)45-38-1
Mike Tomlin26-26-1 (50.0%)21-32
Pete Carroll35-17 (67.3%)24-28
Sean Payton27-25 (51.9%)23-25-4
John Harbaugh33-15 (68.8%)22-25-1
Jon Gruden21-12-3 (63.6%)17-19
Jason Garrett12-22-2 (35.3%)14-19-3
Ron Rivera18-16-1 (52.9%)19-15-1
Mike Zimmer17-7 (70.8%)10-13-1
Bruce Arians11-10-3 (52.4%)12-12
Jay Gruden12-11 (52.2%)8-15
Bill O'Brien12-9-1 (57.1%)8-14
Doug Marrone8-11-1 (42.1%)7-13
Dan Quinn4-16 (20.0%)6-13-1
Pat Shurmur9-7 (56.3%)9-6-1
Doug Pederson8-7 (53.3%)5-9-1
Adam Gase6-9 (40.0%)9-5-1
Sean McDermott6-5 (54.5%)6-5
Kyle Shanahan6-4-1 (60.0%)5-6
Sean McVay5-5-1 (50.0%)3-7-1
Anthony Lynn4-7 (36.4%)4-6-1
Matt Nagy4-4 (50.0%)6-1-1
Frank Reich4-3 (57.1%)3-4
Matt Patricia1-6 (14.3%)5-2
Mike Vrabel1-6 (14.3%)2-4-1
Vic Fangio1-3 (25.0%)0-4
Brian Flores3-0 (100.0%)1-2
Freddie Kitchens2-1 (66.7%)1-2
Matt LaFleur1-2 (33.3%)3-0
Zac Taylor1-2 (33.3%)2-1
Kliff Kingsbury1-2 (33.3%)1-2