One of the best ways to determine good NFL coaches is how well they perform against the spread. Yes, win-loss records can paint a clear picture too, but not every team has the same amount of talent on their roster. There are only a few franchise quarterbacks in the league (Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen) and those players make winning much easier.
Performing well against the spread means that a coach and his team are outperforming expectations. And if coaches can continue to have success against the spread, it means they are one of the better coaches in the league. That success also is worth considering for anyone involved in New York sports betting.
Here is a look at how every coach in the NFL has done against the spread during their head coaching careers. This data was collected from Team Rankings with the data set going back to the 2003 NFL season.
NFL Coaches Against the Spread
There are plenty of New York sports betting apps to consider when mulling a bet on the NFL. Maybe these ATS histories can inform your decisions.
Guess Who’s No. 1?
The No. 1 coach on this list is none other than Brian Daboll, who went 9-8 in his first season with the New York Giants. He led them to a playoff berth and an upset win over the Minnesota Vikings during wild card weekend.
What’s even more impressive is his 14-5 record against the spread as his team outperformed expectations nearly every week in 2022. His team covered in nearly 74% of his games, which is six percent better than the No. 2 coach in the NFL over the last 20 years. Time will tell if Daboll can continue to have this type of success against the spread, but his performance during the 2022 was masterful. Keep tabs on the ATS and Giants in New York NFL betting.
It’s also worth mentioning Sean McDermott, who hired Brian Daboll to be his offensive coordinator in Buffalo. McDermott comes in at No. 8 on this list as the Bills have covered 55% of his games as the head coach. The Bills have been favored in most of their games over the last few years, so covering that often is even more impressive. Bills Mafia keeps waiting for a championship that has been just beyond McDermott’s grasp.
At the bottom of the list is Robert Saleh of the New York Jets, who has been with the team for two seasons. The Jets have a combined record of 11-23 with him as their head coach and have covered in just 41.2% of his games. But with Aaron Rodgers now under center, the expectations are that this will be one of the best teams in the league. If Saleh can’t get this team to playoffs in 2023, it’s unlikely we will see him as the head coach in 2024 for the Jets, given his lack of success so far.
For Week 1 at Caesars NY sportsbook, a pair of New York teams face off as Saleh's Jets are +1 against McDemott's Bills. Which coach can open the season 1-0 ATS?