Bookmaker.eu has released a prop bet as to which NFL Head Coach will be the first to be fired this season along with an Over/Under on how many of the league’s 32 teams will have a new coach to start the 2018 season.
With the 2017 NFL Regular Season hitting its homestretch, there still hasn’t been the firing of a Head Coach in the 32-team league yet. Give Chuck Pagano A Chance! Hey, it’s not his fault Andrew Luck has been plagued by Injuries these last two seasons. Let's look at some fresh Props numbers from BookMmaker concerning the Head Coaching market and three other futures ones concerning the Total Number of Teams With New Head Coaches in Week 1 of the 2018 Regular Season (5½) as well as two Props concerning Jon Gruden’s potential return to the NFL sidelines.
The Field (30/1, BookMaker) is an intriguing potentially value-laden catch-all here with Dolphins’ HC Adam Gase and Broncos HC Vance Joseph not doing so well although the Broncos made Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy a sacrificial lamb on Monday. And the number of quality QBs in the NFL takes its toll on another man not wearing shoulder pads, a helmet or touching the ball. Here are the latest Props odds from Bookmaker.eu on First NFL Head Coach To Be Fired 2017 Regular Season, the number of NFL Teams That Will Have New Head Coach in Week 1 of 2018 Regular Season and those two aforementioned Jon Gruden Props.
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts) +120
Ben McAdoo (New York Giants) +150
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns) +300
Todd Bowles (New York Jets) +750
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals) +1500
Over -110 ... 5½ ... Under -110NFL First Head Coach To Be Fired Analysis
Besides “The Field” and Gase and Joseph, the candidates to be the first fired this Regular Season all seem fairly tight, with certain reasons why or why not a specific teams' Head Coach could get the axe before the year ends. Odds Favorite Pagano of the Colts (+120, BookMaker) is respected by team Owner Jim Irsay, but GM Chris Ballard can’t like the 3-9 SU Record and 101-Point Differential as another Playoff-less season passes by in Naptown. But with starting Luck vacant this campaign, it seems it would be unfair to toss Pagano on to the scrap heap with the Colts Roster and changing AFC South Division also problems. Jets HC Bowles seemed like a good pick (+750, BookMaker) until New York AFC (4-6 SU) got off to a nice start, although ending the Regular Season on a swoon may cause owner Woody Johnson to hang out the old “Help Wanted” sign at MetLife Stadium, where another shaky HC, the Giants' McAdoo (+150) walks the sidelines for New York (2-8 SU). This is not The Walking Dead. This is the NFL.
Longtime Bengals HC Lewis seems to be in a good spot, even though Cincinnati is 4-6 SU and even with no new Contract on the horizon. Grace matters. Odds are Bengals Owner Mike Brown stays with the 15th-year man (122-116-3 SU) Lewis unless Cincy crumbles down the stretch. But fellow state of Ohio HC Jackson could really be in the Hot Seat right now with Cleveland 0-10 SU, having the league’s worst Point Differential (-109 points) and 32nd and dead-last in TO Margin (-17).
Two other unique Prop offerings from BookMaker concern astute ESPN and Monday Night Football announcer Jon Gruden (100-85 SU), who was Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2001 before becoming head man with the Buccaneers from 2002-2008 where the Dayton, Ohio native won a Super Bowl (XXXVII) for Tampa Bay, becoming the youngest NFL Head Coach ever to achieve the feat (39). The first Prop is, “Will Jon Gruden Be a Head Coach in the NFL in 2018?” with the Yes priced at +600 and the No at -1,000, meaning odds are the 54-year-old stays with ESPN and his cozy and warm gig in the booth. And BookMaker.eu pushes the envelope even a little farther with, “Will Jon Gruden Be a Head Coach in College Football in 2018?” with the Yes in that market also at +600 with the No opening at -1,300.
Hey, you never know. Gruden did say he wanted to return to the NFL if the right job came up and he is probably a hotter commodity than a good starting QB as you can build a franchise around Gruden’s presence. But leaving to start anew with the Browns, Jets or even the Dolphins or the Buccaneers may be a bad idea for Gruden at this particular point in time with BookMaker saying in its release, "Our sources tell us that if Gruden leaves the Tampa area it won’t be for at least two more years because of his family. That does leave a window open for a return to the Bucs, but for that scenario to happen the Glazers would have to hand over considerable control of the franchise to him. If Gruden does ever end up coaching again, that franchise will have to make a considerable financial commitment to obtain he and his staff."NFL First Fired Pick: Jackson +300Best Line Offered: Bookmaker