New NFL Head Coaches
New NFL Head Coaches
By Wayne Root:
Often the biggest surprises in an NFL season come from teams who have just changed their head coach. Sometimes, the decision was exactly what the doctor ordered...and a team takes a huge leap forward. This can mean BIG MONEY to Las Vegas bettors who anticipated the development and bet accordingly. Other times, the new man is in way over his head, and the team collapses under poor leadership. You can make money with that too if you anticipate the implosion.
Here's an alphabetical list of the new head coaches for the 2013 NFL season:
ARIZONA: Bruce Arians (replacing Ken Whisenhunt)
Arians served as an interim coach for the Indianapolis Colts when Chuck Pagano was dealing with an illness. He was also the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-11. Arians was named AP Coach of the Year in 2012 because the Colts went 9-3 while he was their interim leader.
BUFFALO: Doug Marrone (replacing Chan Gailey)
Marrone was head coach of Syracuse at the college level during the last three years, only managing to compile a .500 record. He was a successful offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints before that. Be sure you're thinking about the Overs in early season Buffalo games with that in mind.
CHICAGO: Marc Trestman (replacing Lovie Smith)
Canadians know Trestman as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes over the last five years. This is a big gamble for the Bears...but sometimes big gambles pay off. THE DOCUMENTED KING OF UPSETS can tell you all about that!
CLEVELAND: Rob Chudzinski (replacing Pat Shurmur)
A longtime assistant coach specializing on the offensive side of the ball, Chudzinski is expected to ignite what's been a horrible Browns offense in recent seasons. Another place to look for early Overs until the lines adjust.
JACKSONVILLE : Gus Bradley (replacing Mike Mularkey)
Finally, a defensive minded coach! Bradley was the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks the past few seasons, and will surely bring NFC style toughness to this AFC Central softie.
KANSAS CITY: Andy Reid (replacing Romeo Crennel)
I don't need to tell you about Andy Reid. Bettors know his strengths and weaknesses inside and out because if his trials and tribulations in Philadelphia. He's likely to get the Chiefs up to respectability very quickly...but then break everyone's hearts again with questionable decision-making in big games. The Chiefs should definitely be on your short list of potential sleepers this year.
PHILADELPHIA: Chip Kelly (replacing Andy Reid)
Kelly did a lot of great things at Oregon. But, now he's stepping up in class significantly. Can a gimmick offense work in the NFL? Will NFL players respect a college coach? This is going to be a very entertaining experiment. Be prepared for anything!
SAN DIEGO: Mike McCoy (replacing Norv Turner)
McCoy was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos the past few years...making him the only man who could turn Tim Tebow into something resembling an NFL quarterback! A lot of potential here because McCoy may be able to build on the strengths of Norv Turnver while eliminating the weaknesses.
I strongly encourage you to spend some time mapping out the best expectations for these teams. Think about that during the Preseason (that will be here before you know it). Spend some time NOW looking over the September schedules to see where these new coaches might make some hay...or get exposed by superior opposition that can attack what isn't quite right yet.
My decades as a winning NFL handicapper here in Las Vegas have taught me that the market is most accurate when dealing with veteran teams who have established their level of play...but LEAST accurate when dealing with new head coaches and new quarterbacks. You're not likely to find a bad line when the New England Patriots take the field with Bill Belichick calling the shots on the sideline and Tom Brady throwing passes all day. There will be COUNTLESS bad numbers in games involving the new head coaches...particularly in the first month or two of the new season.
It's never too early to start thinking about football. I hope you'll look over the early-bird packages that are available here at the website. If you'd like to talk to a representative about your full season options, call my handicapping office at 1-877-766-8946. We have special packages designed for any size Las Vegas bettor.
If you stick with me, you'll never have to find a new handicapping "coach!" Go to the winner's circle season after season with WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!
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