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 …
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- April 19, 2014 - 12:30 PM
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Three of the four meetings this season have gone over the posted number, but we think that there is a very good chance that this one goes the other way, and we certainly think that the bookies gave us a very beatable number here for Game 1 in Toronto. Toronto has been one of the best defensive teams in the league all season, and we think they will be primed for a strong performance in that department here on Saturday afternoon. And considering that this is their first playoff game with this group of players, we think that they might be a bit shaky on offense, at least until they get a game or two of playoff basketball under their belt. Brooklyn has been inconsistent on the defensive end, but this team definitely has the capability of playing strong D. With a couple nights off to rest and prepare for this matchup we think that they will really lock down on D here. The under is 5-0-1 with this group when they have had two days of rest, so the time off obviously suits this team when it comes to defending. Because of the regular season results we are getting a real good number here, and we expect this one to be a low-scoring close game. As long as this one does not go into overtime, we should cash this ticket pretty easily.