Kevin Stefanski the betting favorite to repeat as Coach of the Year

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Leading the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs is an impressive coaching achievement, and when Kevin Stefanski did it last season, he was named NFL Coach of the Year. Leading the Browns to the playoffs two years in a row would be an even more impressive coaching achievement, and if Stefanski can do it this year, it would be hard to deny him the Coach of the Year award again.

That’s why Stefanski is the favorite to win Coach of the Year, with +1200 odds at PointsBet.

If he repeats as Coach of the Year, Stefanski would join rare company, as only three coaches have won Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons: Allie Sherman in 1961-62, Don Shula in 1967-68 and Joe Gibbs in 1982-83.

Behind Stefanski in Coach of the Year odds are Rams coach Sean McVay, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, Chargers coach Brandon Staley and Dolphins coach Brian Flores, all at +1500.

The next-best odds go to Colts coach Frank Reich, Bills coach Sean McDermott, Falcons coach Arthur Smith, Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Jets coach Robert Saleh, all at +1800.

At the other end of the spectrum, the longest long shot is Texans coach David Culley, who is at +8000.

32 responses to “Kevin Stefanski the betting favorite to repeat as Coach of the Year

  1. Bold prediction, Cleveland won’t make the playoffs this year…

  2. How was Bruce Arians NOT coach of the year? Bucs go from 10 years absent a winning season to the Super Bowl champs?

  3. My vote would be for Sean Payton and not because I’m a Saints fan, maybe a little, lol. But if he can eliminate Winston’s INT problem and turn him into an efficient QB or prove the doubters wrong about Hill; why wouldn’t he be in the conversation? First full year without #9 under center, Payton should be in the conversation.

  4. Tony Dungy. Mike Tomlin. Kevin Stefanski.

    Three D & O coordinators Vikings brass allowed to leave for head coaching jobs elsewhere, where two went on to lead their teams to championships. Too early to tell for the third, but looks good so far. The last two left under Zygmunt’s watch.

    Not blaming anyone for this (timing and the unknown play big factors) but it is rather peculiar.

  5. Whodatintx, so far, all Sean Payton has done is be the coach when a longtime veteran, first-ballot HOFer retires — how does that possibly earn coach of the year?

    Even though nobody else has done anything either, since the season hasn’t yet started, that just doesn’t rate a vote.

  6. There’s even a fourth ex-Vikings O coordinator I forgot about: Brian Billick.

  7. By that logic, McDermott should have won last year or the year before. All we ever heard about as bills fans was the drought. We by using this logic, 3/4 years in the plays offs should warrant McDermott coach of the year.

    Sorry stafanski inherited a team loaded with top 15 picks. Getting to the playoffs two years in a row isn’t reason enough to get coach of the year

  8. He would have to do more than just get the Browns to the playoffs. They will need to take the AFC North and be a top 2 seed. Expectations are a lot higher this year and most COTY awards are based on exceeding expectations. I’m a Browns fans and expectations are through the roof…

    Sean McDermott should be higher imho as the Bills look just as competitive on paper as the Browns and arguably have an easier chance of winning their division even with a harder schedule. Plus since he didn’t get it last year he’ll get the coin flip even if both he and Stefanski meet expectations. It’s a stupid thing to bet on but I’d put money on McDermott or even Reich before Stefanski.

  9. One of the best bets of the offseason in my mind is taking the over on AZ. The line right now is at 8.5 wins, AZ won 8 games last year and their roster is much better than last years and the NFL added an extra game. I’ve got the over on AZ, unless they lose a critical player like Kyler Murray taking the over is easy money. If you take your fandom out of it and look at it logically taking the over on AZ is actually a really good bet with a high probability of paying off.

  10. LOL,
    Cleveland has a average, useable coach now…I guess after an unprecedented string of losers, anyone with a clue will make COTY..

  11. If Stafford wins his first playoff game in his life it auto goes to McVay.

  12. More often than not the award is given to a coach that has a big turn around with his team. Cleveland will need to steamroll everyone on their schedule or overcome a bunch of injuries for Stefanski to have a chance at winning it again

  13. He was overrated last year. He had a roster stacked with first-rounders and free agent talent. Rivera got to the playoffs with a roster put together with duct tape and Gorilla glue.

  14. Not sure why you would give him an award for doing the same thing he did last year….not winning the championship? Maybe you should just give all the coaches “Coach of the Year” awards and then no one can complain.

  15. mahomes goes 20-0 and stefanski wins COY for getting the brownies in the playoffs…that would be lol…

  16. Stefanski did a great job in 2020 especially under the circumstances (first year coach, Covid protocols, etc.) but it is highly unlikely he’ll win again, even if his coaching is better in 2021.
    I like what McDermott has done in Buffalo, and what Flores is doing in Miami. I think Dan Campbell is a bit loony, but I’d like to see him make Detroit relevant. If he does that: who knows about COTY for him? (not relevant when playing Browns, though)

  17. Maybe the one award I care the absolute least about… except that it would portend other more important good things. I just want to get to the playoffs again, come what may otherwise.

  18. Not so sure he even should have won it this past year. He took a team that is loaded with talent to the playoffs. Isn’t that what a talented team is supposed to do? Meanwhile down in Miami, Flores took a bunch of rag tag players and DOUBLED their win loss record from 5 wins to 10 wins barely missing the playoffs, and he doesn’t even get mentioned. Why is that?

  19. Coach of the year selection by the writers is like going to the local ice cream shop and choosing whatever is the popular flavor of that particular moment.

    With a loaded roster including a number 1 pick QB and DE, not winning at least the AFC is more of a failure of not correctly utilizing talent then something that should be rewarded.

  20. How is qualifying for the playoffs 2 years in a row some special achievement that merits back to back Coach of the Year awards? That is a standard occurrence. If we have to keep hearing about the Browns and their “superbowl aspirations” please take the training wheels off them at least.

  21. spiralynth says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:08 am
    Tony Dungy. Mike Tomlin. Kevin Stefanski.

    Three D & O coordinators Vikings brass allowed to leave for head coaching jobs elsewhere, where two went on to lead their teams to championships. Too early to tell for the third, but looks good so far. The last two left under Zygmunt’s watch.

    Not blaming anyone for this (timing and the unknown play big factors) but it is rather peculiar.
    //////////
    There’s nothing to blame on anybody. Nor is it unusual or peculiar. The simple fact is; it is quite common for assistants to be able to leave as they wish, for a promotion.

  22. Raggard says:
    June 1, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Meanwhile down in Miami, Flores took a bunch of rag tag players and DOUBLED their win loss record from 5 wins to 10 wins barely missing the playoffs, and he doesn’t even get mentioned. Why is that?

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    Didn’t get mentioned? Flores got a ton of positive publicity for his work last season. Almost everything said about him is positive. I suspect their failure to make the playoffs (and being demolished by the Bills in their win-and-in game), plus the dubious flip-flopping on starting QBs worked against him just enough. He’s tied for 2nd in the news odds, so I wouldn’t say he’s overlooked.

    As for the “bunch of rag tag players”, if you mean an array of high-end free agents and a high-first-round QB, then yes.

  23. To me winning coach of the year 2 yrs in a row seems very unlikely . Kind of like winning comeback player of the year 2 yrs in a row , lol .

  24. It’s amazing how a team that was bashed non stop in 2019 for being a bunch of overrated and overhyped players and draft busts all of a sudden are a roster of all stars once Stefanski took over yet he somehow shouldn’t get credit per the people commenting. Obviously they didn’t look like All Stars under the other THREE coaches who had the same players over the previous two seasons for him to get the job in the first place. The amount of games they played short handed due to covid and still had a winning record alone secured Coach of the year for him.

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