Smart Box Series: Coaching Down The Stretch
By Marc Lawrence
The final four weeks of the NFL season are tantamount to the stretch run of a Graded Stakes horse race. It’s where all big races are won and lost.
It’s been said that if you don’t have the horse, you won’t win the race. For the most part this adage is right on the money. More time often than not, though, the ride the horse gets by his jockey is what puts the team in the winner’s circle. It’s why good jockeys are almost always atop quality horses in big races.
The same holds true for head coaches in the NFL. They too are the pilots, guiding their team to the wire, with game plans designed for success or failure… whichever the case may be.
From a profit and loss standpoint, listed below are the BEST and WORST current head coaches and their NFL career ATS records during Games 13-16 – minimum four occurrences (current team in parenthesis). All results are ATS (Against The Spread).
Home: KUBIAK (Hou) 10-4
Away: SMITH M (Atl) 6-2
Favorite: KUBIAK (Hou) 5-1
Dog: McCARTHY (GB) 7-0
Home: GARRETT (Dal), MULARKEY (Jax) 1-3
Away: WHISENHUNT (Az) 0-8
Fav: CARROLL (Sea) 1-6
Dog: WHISENHUNT (Az) 3-6
For a comprehensive listing of every coach in every role – including their absolute BEST and WORST roles – be sure to check out Marc’s complete ‘Coaching Down The Stretch’ article on this site …
- March 12, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Art Aronson
- Offered at:
- williamhill @ -9 -110 Toronto
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The Raptors have feasted on weaker teams of late and I expect they will again in this position. Toronto is coming off a loss at Brooklyn and sat idle last night while the Pistons battled with the Sacramento Kings at home. Toronto is a strong 22-8 ATS versus teams with a losing record this season and should "get its fill" again here against a "tired" team. The Raptors dominated the Pistons 112-91 in Detroit earlier in the year, and all signs point to another spanking. Helping us here is the fact that the Raptors are in a dog fight for the third seed in the East; look for Toronto to be extra motivated to take care of business in this advantageous situation. Detroit is just 8-16 over its last 24, with only two of those victories coming against teams over .500. The Pistons best player in Josh Smith has struggled of late against the Raptors, averaging just 12.3 points on 35.3 percent shooting over his last eight games North of the border. Consider laying the points here with the Raptors.