Doug Pederson quickly emerged as Sportsbook’s favorite to become the New York Jets next head coach after his firing.
There’s a new leader in the clubhouse—a man who used to play a lot of golf with Brett Favre.
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) January 11, 2021
Pederson, 52, overtook Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as the odds-on favorite at +300. Daboll clocks in at +600, while Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley sit at +650.
Arthur Smith, Joe Brady, Matt Campbell, Matt Eberflus and Aaron Glenn round out the leaderboard.
The reason for Pederson’s incredible betting favorite in this category is obvious. He and general manager Joe Douglas have an existing relationship. The two men arrived in Philadelphia at the same time, 2016, won a Super Bowl together and spent three-plus years together with the Eagles.
So far, New York has interviewed eight candidates. Aaron Glenn’s expected Monday interview will increase that total to nine. The NFL rumor mill is off the charts as it relates to Pederson to the Jets right now, which obviously means a lot when betting on who the next head coach will be.
From a pure football standpoint, pay little attention to the odds. Existing relationships that’ll have well-known pundits speaking on the matter simply help prop up an idea. It doesn’t necessarily mean he should be the leader in the clubhouse.
For now, simply view Doug Pederson in the same vein as every other potential head coach: He’s just another name in a large pool of candidates.