Former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is the favorite to win Coach of the Year

There has been a lot of turnover in the NFL this season. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and top defensemen have been moving through the league like crazy as teams try to make Super Bowl runs. However – despite all these player moves, no move can be as significant as the departure of Josh McDaniels from New England.

The former Patriots offensive coordinator was hired by Las Vegas to be the Raiders’ next head coach on January 31, 2022. Dave Ziegler was hired along with their new general manager.

Ziegler and McDaniels went straight to work in Sin City, their biggest move being to trade for All-Pro Packers wide receiver Davante Adams — pairing him with college teammate and quarterback Derek Carr. Vegas also signed Chandler Jones, Rock Ya-Sin, Darius Phillips and more to help them compete in the busy AFC West division.

According to our partners at BetOnline.ag, Coach McDaniels is the favorite to win the NFL Coach of the Year award this season. Here are their top ten:

NFL Coach of the Year Odds

Josh McDaniels +1200

Brandon Staley +1400

Nathaniel Hackett +1400

Mike McDaniel +1600

Kevin O’Connell +1600

Kevin Stefanski +1800

Kyle Shanahan+1800

Nick Sirianni +1800

Doug Pederson+1800

Brian Daboll +1800

There’s a lot you can do with this list, but here are my three takeaways:

1. It’s a very tight race

Although McDaniels is the favorite right now, it’s not much. As he sits atop with 1/12 (+1200) odds, Kevin Stefanski, Kyle Shanahan, Nick Sirianni, Doug Pederson and Brian Daboll are all just outside that at 18/1 (+1800) to complete the top ten. All the coach and player moves this offseason will make this race super tight.

2. The top three coaches are from AFC West

McDaniels (+1200)Brandon Staley (+1600)and Nathaniel Hacket (+1400) are the top three coaches on the BetOnline board, and they all coach at AFC West. Staley is entering his second season as head coach of the LA Chargers, and Hackett was hired by the Broncos in late January.

Los Angeles made massive improvements this offseason, and Denver arguably made the biggest one when they traded quarterback Russell Wilson. This division is absolutely loaded and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

3. Bill Belichick is nowhere to be found

Coach Belichick, arguably the best coach of all time, is not in the top ten coaches to have won the Coach of the Year award according to BetOnline. Admittedly, the Patriots haven’t done much to improve this offseason — but Belichick’s expertise is what might make that irrelevant.

Last season, I thought Bill Belichick was pushing hard to be coach of the year. Here’s what I wrote about his odds in early November:

For years, Belichick was widely regarded as the NFL’s best coach and arguably the greatest coach of all time. Although he achieved that status, he hasn’t won the AP Coach of the Year award since 2010. That’s Eleven years since being recognized as having the best coaching performance in a given season.

I’m both excited and terrified to see how New England’s offseason progresses from here. The NFL Draft is going to be an incredibly big play, and we’ll have you covered here on CLNS Media leading up to and during the draft weekend. Be sure to keep it here with myself and Evan Lazar for your latest Patriots draft news!

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