NFL Betting Guide for Coach Specials and Props

NFL Betting Guide for Coach Specials and Props

NFL teams are headed to training camp, which means pro football handicappers must start thinking about future prop bets. A few of the more intriguing future props are on NFL coaches. The most important coaching prop bet is on which HC wins the award for NFL Coach of the Year. Check out advice on how to handle NFL Coaching Specials and Props

How to Win with NFL Coach Specials and Props

2021 NFL Season

  • When: Sep. 9, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022

For NFL Coach of the Year, back a coach for a team that shouldn’t make the playoffs

Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Andy Reid and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach Bruce Arians are great coaches. But their success will stand in their way to win NFL Coach of the Year. The folks who choose Coach of the Year don’t pick HCs who have had past success.

Reid and Arians are the head coaches for the top two choices to win the Super Bowl. NFL analysts, fans, and pro football handicappers expect Reid’s and Arians’ teams to make the playoffs. 

If you want to choose a coach to win the award, make sure to go for a coach who’s team most expect won’t make the playoffs. Check out a short list of head coaches who could surprise this NFL Season. 

  • Matt Nagy – Chicago Bears
  • Kliff Kingsbury – Arizona Cardinals
  • Matt Rhule – Carolina Panthers
  • Zac Taylor – Cincinnati Bengals
  • Brandon Staley – Los Angeles Chargers
The Bears, Cardinals, Panthers, Bengals, and Chargers should field teams that could challenge for a playoff spot. All five of the above coaches should be overlays once MyBookie sets odds. 

Consider backing rookie coaches to win Coach of the Year only if they have NFL experience

This suggestion knocks off Jacksonville Jaguars’ coach Urban Meyer. Meyer has already made a massive college coach mistake. 

Almost every college coach that has become an NFL coach outside of Jimmie Johnson, this includes head coahces like Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier, have had a tendency to go with what worked at the college level.

Meyer decided to sign Time Tebow, his quarterback at Florida, to play tight-end. Why? That’s what every NFL fan is asking. There are plenty of talented tight-ends in the league. Tebow hasn’t played football for over two years.

What is Meyer thinking? Maybe, he isn’t.  

Don’t back veteran coaches who are supposed to win

Coaches like Bill Belichick at New England, Sean Payton at New Orleans, Mike McCarthy at Green Bay, and Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden are supposed to win games. Sure, if the Raiders end up winning the AFC West it will be as a massive underdog.

But those who vote for coaching props almost assuredly will make Sean McDermott at Buffalo, Matt LaFleur at Green Bay, or even Sean McVay, who heads the Los Angeles Rams, the NFL’s top coach before Belichick, Payton, McCarthy, or Gruden.

Those guys are supposed to win games. Even if they turn around bad teams, they’re supposed to win games. So coaches like Payton and Belichick never got enough nods to bring home the award. 


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