Dolphins’ Brian Flores Becomes New Favorite in NFL Coach of the Year Odds, McDermott a Close Second

Brian Flores on the Miami sideline in a mask

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is seen on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders in an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)
  • Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins is the +170 favorite to be named NFL Coach of the Year
  • It’s the third week in a row that the chalk has changed in this betting market
  • Washington’s Ron Rivera (+263) was the previous favorite

When it comes to the NFL Coach of the Year Award, Brian Flores is the latest benefactor from what’s been if not a wide-open race, certainly a pursuit much like the TV listings.

Always subject to change.

Miami Dolphins head coach Flores is the third NFL bench boss to take the favorite’s role in this race in as many weeks. He’s currently listed as the +170 chalk in the NFL Coach of the Year odds.

Previously, Ron Rivera of the Washington Football Team was the +263 favorite. The week prior to that, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers was listing as the +193 chalk.

2020 NFL Coach of the Year Odds

Coach (Team) Odds
Brian Flores (Dolphins) +170
Sean McDermott (Bills) +220
Kevin Stefanski (Browns) +450
Ron Rivera (Washington) +750
Andy Reid (Chiefs) +1000
Mike Tomlin (Steelers) +1300
Matt LaFleur (Packers) +1600
Sean Payton (Saints) +2000
Frank Reich (Colts) +8500

Odds as of Dec. 28th at FanDuel.

Neither of those two coaches currently rate among the top three contenders with a week to go in the NFL regular season. Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott (+220) and Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns (+450) are the second and third choices in this betting market.

Flores has Dolphins Flourishing

In his handling of the Dolphins, Flores is part football coach, part baseball manager. When it comes to his quarterback, he’s not afraid to pull out the big hook and go to his bullpen.

Tua Tagovailoa is the future of the franchise under center. For the present time, though, when the rookie first-round pick finds the going to be rough, Flores will quickly hand the keys back to journeyman veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

He came off the bench again Saturday to work a little of his FitzMagic and lead Miami to a huge 26-25 verdict over the Las Vegas Raiders. It was a victory that clearly places the Dolphins in the driver’s seat for an AFC Wild Card playoff spot with a week to go.

The Dolphins (10-5) scored 13 points over the final four minutes of the game under Fitzpatrick’s leadership. It was a bold decision to make with the season on the line.

Miami is 10-3 over the past 13 games and 4-1 in the last five. Wins over the past two weeks knocked both the Patriots and Raiders out of playoff contention.

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds Tracker

Bills Ending Long Drought

Interestingly enough, to 100% ensure playoff participation for the Dolphins, they’ll need a win on Sunday at Buffalo against the AFC East champion Bills. That means the top two favorites for NFL COY will be coaching against each other in the final game of the regular season.

Despite leading the Bills to their first division title since 1995, McDermott has flown below the radar in the NFL COY odds much of this season. A week ago, he was at +550. One week earlier, bettors could’ve accessed +1200 odds on him winning the award.

Buffalo (11-3) still has something to play for against Miami. The #2 seed in the AFC is up for grabs. If the Bills win out – Monday against New England and Sunday against the Dolphins – it’s theirs.

Stefanski At Surprisingly Short Odds

A couple of weeks ago, the Cleveland Browns and first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski were sitting pretty at 10-3. A loss to the Baltimore Ravens wasn’t unexpected.

A follow-up loss to the New York Jets, though, when the Browns still sat with a chance to win the NFC North, that’s entirely unacceptable. A rule of thumb – you can’t lose to the Jets and be named NFL COY.

Realistic Contenders

Going 1-3 down the stretch and blowing both the #1 and #2 seeding in the AFC torpedoed any chance of Tomlin winning NFL COY. Likewise, Rivera’s compelling case fell apart via consective losses to the Seahawks and Panthers and the Dwayne Haskins fiasco.

The NFL COY likely comes down to what happens in Buffalo on Sunday. If McDermott and the Bills put Miami out of the playoffs, he gets the award. If Flores pushes the Dolphins into the postseason, he’s the winner.

Pick: Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins) +170

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