Matt LaFleur Becomes Leader in NFL Coach of the Year Odds Race

| December 29, 2021 7:06 am PDT

We’ve seen multiple head coaches take their spot as the favorite to win Coach of the Year throughout the season. Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has taken the lead with two weeks remaining.

Aaron Rodgers has a lot of attention for the Packers success, but LaFleur is the mastermind behind their success. He deserves as much as Rodgers, if not more.

LaFleur might be the favorite, but a few head coaches are within striking distance. SportsBetting.ag gives us the odds.

NFL Coach of the Year Odds

Matt LaFleur+130
Frank Reich+600
Zac Taylor+700
Bill Belichick+750
Mike Vrabel+900
Brian Flores+1600
Nick Sirianni+1600
Mike McCarthy+2200
Sean McVay+2500
Andy Reid+3300

Green Bay Packers fans have been waiting for Matt LaFleur to garner Coach of the Year interest. Now, he is the consensus favorite.

He has a sizable lead, but Frank Reich, Zac Taylor, and Bill Belichick are waiting in the wing. Reich has the Indianapolis Colts in playoff contention following a 1-4 start. Zac Taylor has the Cincinnati Bengals in position to win the AFC North for the first time since 2015.

It wasn’t long ago that Bill Belichick was the favorite to claim the award. However, back-to-back losses have moved him down the list.

Brian Flores could be an intriguing sleeper pick. The Miami Dolphins head coach has led them on a seven-game win streak. They are in position to make the playoffs, despite starting 1-7.

Right now. LaFleur is the guy to beat. Let’s see how we got to this point.

Why Is Matt LaFleur the Favorite to Win Coach of the Year?

Matt LaFleur’s Green Bay Packers career has been nothing short of amazing. He led the team to the NFC Championship Game in 2019 and 2020 while also accumulating a 13-3 record.

This season, the Packers are 12-3 and in prime position to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the second straight season.

Following a Week 1 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints, it would’ve been hard to believe LaFleur and the Packers would be in this position. However, they followed that up with a seven-game win streak, including giving the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season.

Green Bay dropped a pair of games to the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. Since then, they’ve responded with four straight wins.

Aaron Rodgers has played a significant role in the Packers success. His recent surge has him in position to win his second straight MVP.

LaFleur deserves credit for the Packers offense overall. Check out their numbers this season.

  • Yards Per Game: 357.1 (15th)
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 250.1 (11th)
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 106.9 (21st)
  • Points Per Game: 25.5 (13th)

It’s very surprising to see their numbers outside of the top 10. Even so, I’d say defenses fear the Packers offense as much as any other team in the league.

I feel part of the reason LaFleur emerged as Coach of the Year favorite is because his competitors crumbled.

Kliff Kingsbury held the top spot for a while, but the Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last six games. They went from the No. 1 seed in the NFC to a wild card spot. Bill Belichick lost the top spot after losing his last two games.

The Packers close the season with a pair of NFC North matchups. If they can win both and claim the No. 1 seed, it’ll be hard to make an argument against LaFleur.

NFL Coach of the Year Race

It seems like the Coach of the Year favorite has changed a few times this season. Now is the time to make a move towards that top spot.

Matt LaFleur is in a great spot to claim the award, but if the Green Bay Packers scuffle, Frank Reich and Zac Taylor could surpass him.

The race will be fun to watch over the last two weeks. There are plenty of NFL awards you can bet on before the end of the season. Check out the top NFL betting sites for more options.

Nicholas Sterling
Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

He enjoys rooting on D.C. sports teams, including the Commanders, Wizards, and Capitals.

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