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How To Bet On The NFL – Which Coaches Have To Produce To Keep Their Job In 2012?

Posted by Stan Simmons on 6/21/2012 5:38:07 PM

One of the top sports betting props you will find during the NFL football regular season will focus on the likelihood of a coach keeping his job, and you’ll start to hear about coaches on the hot seat around Week 5 or 6 if they get off to a really bad start. Here is a look at five coaches that can’t afford to be on this list, but you could find them there, so keep an eye out for a “which coach will be fired first/next” prop in your favorite sportsbook.

Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills

Gailey heads into a critical third season as the Bills’ coach, and his team absolutely collapsed last season, losing eight of their last nine games and this season, that won’t fly as the Bills seem to have the talent to at least compete for the wild card. Gailey is known as an offensive genius and he has a quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick that received a massive contract in the middle of last season, which is right around the time things started to go downhill. It’ll be easier for Gailey to go than Fitzpatrick, and if the Bills stumble out of the gate, that will happen as the AFC East hasn’t gotten any easier with New England and the New York Jets leading the way.

Andy Reid, Philadelphia

Reid is always on the hot seat and many NFL betting players thought he would get canned after last season’s awful start, but the Eagles came together in the second half of the season with five wins in their last seven games, including a four-game winning streak to end the campaign. Reid is likely living off his past as he has taken the Eagles to five NFC East titles and one conference championship since 1999, and last year the team underwent a lot of changes both on and off the field. This year, there are no more excuses. The Eagles have enough talent on both sides of the ball, they’re used to their defensive coordinator (who used to be their offensive line coach, but that is a story on its own altogether), and they have momentum from last year’s strong second half.

Jason Garrett, Dallas

Being the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys is one of the most thankless jobs in all of football and Garrett found that out last season as the Cowboys dropped four of their last five to hand the NFC East to the New York Giants, who beat the Cowboys twice during that stretch and went on to win their second Super Bowl in four years. The Cowboys have sorted out their defensive-back problems, but that doesn’t matter; if they don’t make it to the postseason this year, Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo are probably gone because the Dallas fanbase won’t stand for no playoffs, even in a monstrous East.

Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona

Whisenhunt has led the Cardinals to a pair of NFC West titles and one surprising Super Bowl appearance in which they almost overcame the NFL betting odds to win it all, but when you look at his record, he is still only 40-40 in five seasons. The Cardinals were unlucky to lose Kevin Kolb to injury, but they also knew he was injury-prone when he got there. The Cardinals are now in the West with a San Francisco team that is a favorite to win the conference, so they should just be happy to be in the running for the wild card. If they’re not, then Whisenhunt will be looking for a new job, perhaps before the season ends.

Norv Turner, San Diego

Hearing that Turner was staying on as coach of the Chargers was one of the biggest surprises of the offseason and in fact, many NFL betting players were surprised that he even made it to December, which is when the Chargers won four of their last five and that is what probably saved Turner’s hide. The Chargers are one game over .500 in the last two years and now they have to deal with an improved Denver team that will have Peyton Manning, Kansas City should be healthy and much better than last season and Oakland….well, they’re the Raiders. That means Turner should have one more chance to get the Chargers to the promised land, but they’ve regressed from the overwhelming favorites to win the AFC West, to a team that is on think playoff ice according to online betting odds.


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