The 2011 NFL regular season is finished, as is every playoff round except for the Super Bowl.
With the winner of the AP NFL Coach of the Year award set to be announced at Saturday's NFL Honors awards show (9 pm EST, NBC), we are going to take a forward-thinking approach to the debate, and set odds on the final eight candidates we believe deserve consideration.
We probably could have expanded the final odds results to have included more than eight candidates, but the realistic odds of them being included would have resulted in a minuscule odds percentage, so we are cutting it off at the top eight candidates.
What is ironic about the results of the AP NFL Coach of the Year Award voting, is that in some ways it can be like the kiss of death. In the 2010 voting, Bill Belichick won, but the two runner-ups to Belichick—Raheem Morris and Todd Haley—were both fired the following year.
From the 2009 voting, Mike Smith won the award, and the two runner-ups to him—Tony Sparano and Jeff Fisher—were both relieved of their jobs. Maybe the votes place a higher level of expectations on the coach, which is too hard to duplicate.
On to the presentation.