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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- May 28, 2015 - 10:05 PM
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- 5dimes @ 105 Oakland
1* Oakland (10:05 ET): It's been a while since I've seen anything quite like the poor luck the A's have experienced this season. Two more one-run losses the L2 days have them at 2-15 in games decided by that margin. That's why a team that has the run differential of essentially a .500 team is currently 15 games below .500.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are coming off an impressive three-game sweep of the Royals, a series that saw them allow just four runs total. So they're back in first place in the AL East with their stock back up after previously dropping six in a row. But now they're back on the road and I think tonight is an excellent "sell high" opportunity on the Pinstripes as they start CC Sabathia, whose results no longer match his reputation. The Yanks have lost six of Sabathia's nine starts this year, including the last one where he allowed six runs in just 2 1/3 IP.
For Oakland, Kendall Graveman was outstanding his last time out when I took him against Tampa Bay & the end result was a 5-0 A's victory. He delivered six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits. Here, he benefits from the fact that the Yankees have dropped nine of 10 here at the O.co Coliseum. 1* Oakland
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