Profitable Preseason Coaches

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NFL coaches view the preseason differently. Some want to win in order to establish a winning culture. Others don’t care, seeing the preseason as an extension of practice. So which coaches are the best to bet in the preseason and which should you avoid?

Most Profitable

Gary Kubiak is the most profitable coach in our database. The veteran head coach only had one losing preseason in his nine years with the Houston Texans and his winning ways continued in his first season with the Denver Broncos going 3-1 (+1.81 units).

CoachRecordUnits
Gary Kubiak22-12+8.93
Pete Carroll15-8+5.88
John Harbaugh19-13+5.38
Mike Zimmer7-2+4.98
Bruce Arians10-5+4.66

Least Profitable

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett speaks to reporters during an NFL football media availability at Valley Ranch Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hopefully you have avoided betting America’s Team during the preseason, at least while Jason Garrett has been at the helm. The ‘Boys have gone 7-14 in Garrett’s five seasons in Dallas losing 7.07 units. There are three other coaches that have been worse than Garrett but they have all been fired. Ominous.

CoachRecordUnits
Andy Reid22-26-4.77
Bill Belichick20-24-5.19
John Fox21-26-6.11
Jeff Fisher19-25-6.71
Jason Garett7-14-7.07

Bettors are keenly aware of each coaches betting history. Denver opened as a 1.5 point underdog in Chicago for the team’s first preseason game. The line is now a pick’em with 96% of the bets on the Broncos to cover. Jason Garrett’s Cowboys are 3.5 point underdogs in Los Angeles. A ridiculous 99% of the money is on the Rams.

When you start to handicap preseason games be sure to consider a coaches betting record.

Here are the best and worst coaches at covering the spread in the preseason.

CoachRecordUnits
Gary Kubiak22-12+8.93
Pete Carroll15-8+5.88
John Harbaugh19-13+5.38
Mike Zimmer7-2+4.98
Bruce Arians10-5+4.66
Sean Payton21-16+3.98
Marvin Lewis26-22+3.33
Mike McCoy7-4+2.81
Todd Bowles3-1+1.76
Jay Gruden5-3+1.34
Chip Kelly7-5+1.33
Ron Rivera11-9+1.29
Jack Del Rio18-17+0.01
Adam Gase0-00.00
Ben McAdoo0-00.00
Dirk Koetter0-00.00
Doug Pederson0-00.00
Dan Quinn2-2-0.04
Mike Mularkey6-6-0.29
Gus Bradley6-6-0.34
Bill O'Brien4-4-0.52
Jim Caldwell10-10-0.55
Mike McCarthy19-20-1.7
Rex Ryan13-15-2.58
Hue Jackson0-4-4.00
Chuck Pagano4-8-4.19
Mike Tomlin17-21-4.45
Andy Reid22-26-4.77
Bill Belichick20-24-5.19
John Fox21-26-6.11
Jeff Fisher19-25-6.71
Jason Garrett7-14-7.07

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