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Bill Belichick is betting favorite for this NFL award after Tom Brady's exit

Bill Belichick is betting favorite for this NFL award after Tom Brady's exit

Bill Belichick is faced with the difficult challenge of keeping the New England Patriots among the top contenders in the AFC without quarterback Tom Brady in the 2020 NFL season, and oddsmakers are confident in the legendary head coach's chances of succeeding.

The eight-time Super Bowl champion is the betting favorite to win the league's Coach of the Year award next season, according to the latest odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. He's actually the clear favorite at +800 odds, with San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel next on the list with +1600 odds.

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Here's the full list of betting lines for the award:

Belichick has won AP Coach of the Year three times in his career. Here's a quick recap of those seasons (the award is for regular season results only):

2003: Patriots went 14-2 in regular season, won Super Bowl XXXVIII
2007: Patriots went 16-0 in regular season, lost Super Bowl XLII
2010: Patriots went 14-2 in regular season, lost in AFC Divisional Round

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You might be surprised Belichick hasn't won Coach of the Year more often considering the enormous success he's enjoyed in his 20 years as Patriots head coach. However, many of this award's winners were coaches who took what was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league and exceeded expectations. The Patriots have been playing with Super Bowl-or-bust expectations for well over a decade, so it was often hard for Belichick to exceed expectations.

One season Belichick should've won Coach of the Year but didn't was 2008 when the Patriots went 11-5 after Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1. Matt Cassel filled in as the starting quarterback and the Patriots were still quite competitive, although they lost a playoff spot due to a tiebreaker.

If the Patriots enjoy similar success without Brady in 2020, it's hard to imagine Belichick not earning Coach of the Year honors.

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.