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Sean McDermott has led the most successful period of play for the Buffalo Bills in a quarter-century. McDermott helped guide the Bills to their first postseason berth in 17 seasons. He also guided the team to their first playoff win in 25 years. The Bills are the odd-on favorite to win the Super Bowl this year.
Where does this all leave McDermott’s chances at winning NFL Coach of the Year this fall?
According to Tipico Sportsbook, McDermott’s odds are not stellar. He is listed at +3000, meaning a $100 bet would land the winner $3,000.
McDermott is in the middle of the pack, with respect to coaching odds. He is tied with New Orleans’ Dennis Allen, Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, New York Jets’ Robert Saleh, Washington’s Ron Rivera, and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomin.
It’s important to note that voters often look for coaches who overachieve based on their roster. With McDermott’s team expected to do well, Buffalo would have to put up a franchise-best record to be in consideration.
The best odds focus on coaches who are either new in their position and/or are working to flip the recent history of their franchises. Former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator and current New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll is tied for the best odds at +1300. Los Angeles Chargers Brandon Staley is tied with Daboll, while Miami’s Mike McDaniel, Denver’s Nathaniel Hackett, Minnesota’s Kevin O’Connell, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan, and Jacksonville’s Doug Pederson all are listed at +1500.
Even so, Sportsbook Wire sees value in betting on McDermott. With a slew of high-profile national games and a stacked roster, McDermott could lead the Bills to a land that they have never been before.