Top coaches favored to win NFL Coach of the Year award have common thread — Tom Brady

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The top-two coaches favored to win NFL Coach of the Year in 2020 have one thing in common. Legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

One of them coached Brady for the past 20 years, winning six Super Bowls. The other just signed the future Hall of Famer and has Super Bowl expectations in 2020.

Bill Belichick and Bruce Arians favored to win NFL Coach of the Year

The latest odds for NFL Coach of the Year (via BetOnline.ag) have New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians atop the board.

Here’s a look at the NFL Coach of the Year odds for the entire field:

  • Bill Belichick 12-1
  • Bruce Arians 12-1
  • Mike McCarthy 14-1
  • Frank Reich 16-1
  • Andy Reid 18-1
  • Kevin Stefanski 18-1
  • Kliff Kingsbury 18-1
  • Sean McDermott 18-1
  • Kyle Shanahan 20-1
  • Mike Vrabel 22-1
  • Brian Flores 25-1
  • Doug Pederson 25-1
  • John Harbaugh 25-1
  • Vic Fangio 25-1
  • Mike Tomlin 28-1
  • Mike Zimmer 28-1
  • Pete Carroll 28-1
  • Anthony Lynn 30-1
  • Dan Quinn 30-1
  • Matt LaFleur 30-1
  • Matt Nagy 30-1
  • Sean McVay 30-1
  • Sean Payton 30-1
  • Matt Patricia 33-1
  • Matt Rhule 33-1
  • Zak Taylor 33-1
  • Joe Judge 40-1
  • Jon Gruden 40-1
  • Ron Rivera 40-1
  • Adam Gase 50-1
  • Bill O’Brien 50-1
  • Doug Marrone 50-1

It’s a bit surprising to see coaches like John Harbaugh and Sean Payton so far down this list. It’s not so surprising to see new Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy near the top.

Though, it’s absolutely bonkers to think that Belichick is so highly thought-of that he’s favored to win this award after Brady left him high and dry after two decades. Just goes to show what a legend the coach is all by himself. And how many seem to think it was Belichick — not Brady — making those championships happen all along.