The NFL will name its Coach of the Year the night before the Super Bowl, following voting by media members. The award is based on the regular season only.
|NFL Coach of the Year Odds
| Jason Garrett
| Andy Reid
| Bill Belichick
| Jack Del Rio
| Dan Quinn
| Adam Gase
| Jim Caldwell
| Ben McAdoo
| Dirk Koetter
| Pete Carroll
Having led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the NFC's top seed, Jason Garrett is the odds-on favorite at BookMaker.eu. But, there are several other deserving coaches as well.
Here's a look at each contender, with current odds from BookMaker:
JASON GARRETT, COWBOYS, -150 (risk $150 to win $100): Garrett was 46-44 as a head coach until this season, though he did receive three votes for the 2014 award after leading Dallas to a 12-4 mark.
This year he seems like a slam dunk, having guided a team led by rookie QB Dak Prescott and rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott to a 13-2 start before taking his foot off the gas in Week 17 at Philadelphia.
Dallas shattered its Vegas season win total of 9.5.
ANDY REID, CHIEFS, +200 (risk $100 to win $200): Without his best offensive player, Jamaal Charles, Reid maneuvered Kansas City into the AFC's No. 2 seed. He is seeking his second Coach of the Year award, having also won in 2002 with the 12-4 Eagles.
The Chiefs went 6-0 in division games and finished 12-4 despite often getting outgained. Reid proved again that special teams matter; rookie Tyreek Hill (3 return TDs, 12 total TDs) emerged as a threat to score every time he touched the ball and garnered Rookie of the Year conversation.
BILL BELICHICK, PATRIOTS, +250 (risk $100 to win $250): Gunning for his fourth Coach of the Year award, Belichick led New England to a 3-1 record before Tom Brady returned from suspension.
It sounds ridiculous, but it's true: the Patriots have won double-digit games under Belichick for 14 straight years.
JACK DEL RIO, RAIDERS, +400 (risk $100 to win $400): Del Rio's chances took a hit when Derek Carr (leg) went down in Week 16, as the Raiders ultimately lost the AFC West to K.C.
But Del Rio deserves a ton of credit; Oakland (12-4) had not had a winning season or made the playoffs since 2002.
The Raiders, who won five games by a field goal or less, easily cleared their Vegas win total of 8.5.
DAN QUINN, FALCONS, +1200 (risk $100 to win $1200): These are attractive odds given the unbelievable job Quinn has done. Picked to win seven or eight games, the Falcons went 11-5 and earned a first-round bye.
As expected, Quinn has improved Atlanta's defense. What's shocking is the team's 33.8 scoring average -- 4.5 points more than the NFL's second-best offense, New Orleans.
ADAM GASE, DOLPHINS, +1500 (risk $100 to win $1500): Miami was projected to win seven games under first-time head coach Adam Gase. Instead, the Dolphins went 10-6 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
An offensive mastermind, Gase helped enigmatic QB Ryan Tannehill post career highs in completion percentage (67.1) and yards per attempt (7.7).
JIM CALDWELL, LIONS, +2200 (risk $100 to win $2200): From last season's midway point through Week 14 of this year, when Matthew Stafford dislocated his finger, the Lions went 15-6. They had eight comeback wins this season alone.
Alas, Detroit lost its last three regular season games. Caldwell still deserves kudos for getting this undermanned team that far. He took a team that ranked 21st in total offense and 18th in total defense to the playoffs.
BEN MCADOO, GIANTS, +2500 (risk $100 to win $2500): An offensive mastermind, McAdoo knew these G-Men weren't going to win shootouts. So he relied on his overhauled defense and short passing game. The Giants finished 11-5 to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
McAdoo showed his moxie in Week 17. With the team locked into the No. 5 seed, McAdoo played his starters anyway and knocked the division rival Redskins out of the playoffs with a gritty 13-10 road win.
MIKE MCCARTHY, PACKERS, +3000 (risk $100 to win $3000): After going 4-6 to open the season, Green Bay went on a six-game win streak and won the NFC North.
The Packers have struggled with a lack of defense and reliance on QB Aaron Rodgers, but McCarthy's squad overcoming injuries to weapons like Eddie Lacy, James Starks, and Randall Cobb puts him in the Coach of the Year conversation.
DIRK KOETTER, BUCCANEERS, +4000 (risk $100 to win $4000): Koetter guided Tampa Bay to its first winning season since 2010. Though the team fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 -- and might have made it with better placekicking -- QB Jameis Winston took a step forward under Koetter's tutelage, completing 61.1 percent of his throws after hitting 58.3 percent as a rookie.
With Winston, wideout Mike Evans and an underrated offensive line, the Bucs have the pieces in place to be more explosive in 2017.
MIKE TOMLIN, STEELERS, +4500 (risk $100 to win $4500): Tomlin dealt with a three-game suspension of RB Le'Veon Bell to open the season, but Pittsburgh went 3-1 to start and ended the season on a seven-game win streak.
Tomlin has a .642 winning percentage as a head coach and a Super Bowl ring, yet has never won this award. He's a long-shot this year, but will continue to guide one of the NFL's most dominant teams.
PETE CARROLL, SEAHAWKS, +5000 (risk $100 to win $5000): He's now won double-digit games five straight years, yet remains a massive long shot to win his first Coach of the Year. Carroll worked wonders this year despite dealing with significant injuries (Russell Wilson, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Tyler Lockett) and has the Seahawks poised for another postseason run.