While the NFL playoffs reach Championship Weekend, the fans in Philadelphia await the announcement of the next Eagles head coach. One week after the team dismissed Doug Pederson, the vacancy remains as candidates opt for other teams.
Odds for Eagles Next Head Coach
For anyone looking to make some money off the speculation, there’s a futures market for that on FanDuel. Currently, Josh McDaniels is a heavy favorite over Dennis Allen, Todd Bowles, Nick Sirianni, and a host of others.
McDaniels, former head coach in Denver and longtime assistant under Bill Belichick, has been linked to numerous top spots since leading New England to additional Super Bowl wins. This season, the Patriots finished a dismal 6-10, lost their grip on the AFC East, and will be watching Tom Brady like most of us do in conference championship games – from home.
McDaniels spent most of Monday interviewing with team owner and CEO Jeffrey Lurie in Florida, likely joined by general manager Howie Roseman. Fans may recall his flirtation with Indianapolis’ head coach opening after the 2017 season that left the Colts jilted at the altar. The position was filled by then-Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who had just defeated McDaniels and the Pats in Super Bowl LII.
Nick Sirianni entered the race Tuesday as a candidate. Sirianni joined Reich in 2018 in Indianapolis and serves as the team’s OC. The two worked together previously with the Chargers. While Sirianni spent four seasons in Kansas City, none were under former Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
Allen seems a curious second choice on this board. He is scheduled to interview with the team on Wednesday. However, he enters the meeting with a 4-28 mark from two-plus seasons coaching the Raiders and multiple playoff exits as defensive coordinator with the Saints.
Why not Duce?
A name that has got a lot of local attention is longtime player and coach Duce (one e, not two) Staley. Duce Staley has served as the team’s running backs coach and has been a key figure in the offense.
While he wasn’t linked to any of the issues surrounding the down year for QB Carson Wentz, he might have some of the answers.
He may be the value choice at +600… fourth-best price on the board.
NFL Futures Odds
Currently, this NJ sports betting market may have more uncertainty than the actual Super Bowl odds. Fans have teed off on virtually everyone in the organization, taking specific aim at Roseman.
Pederson’s firing meant the man responsible for the team being tens of millions over next season’s projected cap would get to hire a fourth head coach in his tenure. Many speculate the decision on the head coach will come down to who allows Roseman to maintain his power over the roster and seemingly the team’s trajectory.
If the process drags out longer, don’t be surprised if more outlets create their own futures markets. This is probably not worth using a first-time risk-free bet for new players.
However, it could be a way to boost bankroll entering the all-important Super Bowl.