Written by Ben the Pen
Bruce Arians of Tampa Bay is the co-favorite to win Coach of the Year with Mike McCarthy of Dallas (12-1). I don't quite understand the McCarthy pick because expectations are pretty high for the Cowboys with the strong additions on offense. Defense is still a foreign language and they didn't address that early in the draft. They should improve from 8-8 to 10-6, due to their excellent offense and that Dak Prescott is looking for a huge deal.
Arians is still a nice pick at 12-1 as Tampa Bay has turned into a Super Bowl contender with the arrival of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Anything less than a playoff run will be disappointing. Pass.
Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona (20-1). The Cards could make the playoffs after a five-win season and that would seriously put him in consideration. He has a young quarterback in Kyler Murray, who should make major strides with DeAndre Hopkins now in the fold. A four or five-win jump would give him a shot.
Frank Reich, Indianapolis (20-1). Not completely sold on Philip Rivers becoming what he once was with the Colts. Father Time is undefeated. But even at 38, he has a fire in his belly and is a leader on an offense that needs a kick in the butt. Adding Michael Pittman should help the receiving corps and watch out for Johnathan Taylor at running back.
Adam Gase, NY Jets (50-1). I know, he has that weird glare and I had him on the hot seat. But this is a nice value and Gase did a nice job last year just to get the Jets to 7-9. They have an excellent defense and with Sam Darnold healthy and continuing to develop. They could sneak into the playoffs.