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Mike McCarthy, Bill Belichick are co-favorites to win NFL Coach of the Year

Mike McCarthy, Bill Belichick, Cowboys, Patriots

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick lead the pack as favorites to win the NFL’s Coach of the Year award at +1,200, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, via ProFootballTalk.

Both franchises have vastly different circumstances heading into the 2020 NFL season, with the Cowboys largely staying intact minus longtime coach Jason Garrett (whose deal was never renegotiating and he since left to join the New York Giants as an offensive coordinator).

Mike McCarthy, the former Green Bay Packers coach, joined Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ staff as the head honcho, with bets pointing towards the new Dallas head coach as a favorite to win the highest coaching regular-season distinction. McCarthy won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers in February of 2011.

Belichick, meanwhile, will coach a Patriots squad in 2020 sans Tom Brady. The future Hall of Fame quarterback jettisoned his longtime New England franchise, where he won six Super Bowls, to sign a two-year deal with the NFC’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will battle the Cowboys and others for NFC supremacy.

Part of the Coach of the Year honor in sports comes with a taboo attached that winners of the award elevated their team, meaning their team was supposed to be worse that season. Without Brady involved, it’s uncertain how the Pats’ season will go for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Cowboys face their own mysteries, but under different conditions.

Behind Bill Belichick and Mike McCarthy are Brady’s new coach, Bruce Arians of the Buccaneers, and Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, both at +1,400 odds.

Another candidate could be Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, with the third most-favored odds at +1,800. The Cardinals added star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans via trade this spring, augmenting rising sophomore quarterback Kyler Murray’s offensive arsenal. We will see how Kingsbury fares relative to Mike McCarthy.

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