McDaniels Leads Pack On Odds To Replace McCarthy As Next Packers Coach

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 11:46 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 11:46 PM UTC

A marquee head coaching job in the NFL is open with the Green Bay Packers. Bovada offers an NFL prop on who the next guy to lead Aaron Rodgers & Co. will be.

If you had to name the five marquee franchises currently in the NFL, what would they be? Certainly, the Patriots with all of their success. No team is more valuable or popular than the Dallas Cowboys. The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the short list. Probably the Chicago Bears. And, no question, the team in the smallest market in the league and with no single true owner: the Green Bay Packers.

Any coach would want to take over the Packers with their amazing fan support, but especially for the next five years or so while Aaron Rodgers is still going strong. The Packers recently fired Coach Mike McCarthy in part because he and Rodgers clearly no longer saw eye-to-eye on the offensive schemes.

One would think the front office would consult Rodgers, the highest-paid player in NFL history, on whom replaces McCarthy, but team president Mark Murphy, a little arrogantly, said this: “Obviously, he's free to provide input and talk to us. But he's not going to be a part of the process. ... The other thing I would say, Aaron was no part at all in the decision to move on from Mike."

[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

When Mark Murphy walks into Mike McCarthy’s office #Packers pic.twitter.com/d4fi4j12X3

— Thomas Mooney (@thomas_mooney1) December 2, 2018
\n\n"}[/]

OK then. Murphy has specified no specific criteria for their next coach.

As one would expect, Bovada has released a prop on the next full-time head coach. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, a former Dolphins head coach, will finish out the season and at least be considered for the job, but it’s a such a long shot that he’s not listed on the prop.

The betting favorite is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels at +175. Yes, he failed miserably as a head coach once with the Denver Broncos and looked rather silly last year in leaving the Indianapolis Colts at the altar for their top job. However, McDaniels already has experience working with a legendary quarterback who can be a bit stubborn in Tom Brady.

Next is a guy just about everyone in the NFL wants: Oklahoma head coach and offensive mastermind Lincoln Riley (+275). If he chooses to leave Norman, Riley will have his pick of openings. The Packers aren’t really the type of organization to stage a bidding war for a coach/player.

Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo (+300) was up for a few head coaching jobs this past offseason when he was coming off winning a Super Bowl ring as the QBs coach for the Eagles.

Most of the rest of the Bovada options don’t set off fireworks: Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (+1000), Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (+1400), Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael (+1500), Titans offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur (+1500), Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor (+1500), Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens (+2500), Panthers coach Ron Rivera (+2500), Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford (+2500), Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard (+2500), and former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak (+5000).

How can there be no candidate named Mike? Since the team hired Mike Holmgren in 1992, every Packers team had been led by a full-time coach named Mike other than in 1999 when it was Ray Rhodes.

Frankly, we don’t love any of these Bovada options and would take the field if it was it offered. But we’ll go with the very respected Carmichael, who has been with Drew Brees for more than a decade. If the Saints reach the Super Bowl this year, that only enhances Carmichael’s resume.

Free NFL Pick: Carmichael +1500Best Line Offered: Bovada
comment here