Browns’ Freddie Kitchens has 2nd-best odds to win NFL Coach of the Year
The Cleveland Browns are expected to be a competitive team in 2019, which is why Freddie Kitchens has the second-best odds to win Coach of the Year.
The Cleveland Browns are facing a mountain of expectations for the 2019 season, which has created concerns that the hype surrounding the team will create distractions and dysfunction. And it is on rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens to prevent the potential dysfunction from happening.
Kitchens was given an extremely talented roster that most first-time head coaches do not get the opportunity to coach. But the most talented rosters often come with some big personalities, which many believe the Browns have those types of personalities in their locker room.
If that proves to be true and the “big personalities” in the Browns locker room start creating problems, it could quickly turn into an ugly season for Cleveland. And with the amount of expectations surrounding them, a bad season would be viewed as a colossal failure for the Browns.
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But if Kitchens can keep the personalities in check in the locker room and gets each player to buy into the culture, the amount of talent they have should result in multiple wins. It is because of the possibility of the Browns turning into playoff contenders this season that Bovada has given Kitchens the second-best odds (+1100) to win the AP NFL Coach of the Year award.
Kitchens trails only 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who is the favorite to win the award at +1000. With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returning, the 49ers are also expected to have a massive turnaround in 2019, which is why Shanahan is viewed as the favorite.
Should the Browns win as many games as they are expected to, however, it would be hard to not vote for Kitchens as the Coach of the Year. One potential reason for not voting for Kitchens if they have a successful season is because the Browns have a loaded roster and did not necessarily come out of nowhere to be a contender.
However, Kitchens leading the Browns to their first postseason appearance since 2002 and potentially winning the division title for the first time since 1989 would fit the profile of a coach who would typically win the Coach of the Year award.
The Browns players, coaches, and team as a whole being popular bets in several different categories means nothing if they do not prove it on the field. But if they do prove it on the field, then there will be justification for all of the good betting odds and expectations surrounding the team during the lead up to the season.