Chicago Bears Next Head Coach Odds & Best Bets To Back
Brian Flores is the betting favorite to be the next head coach of the Chicago Bears, according to the latest NFL odds at BetMGM. The Bears are one of eight NFL teams currently without a head coach. They are interviewing Flores for the job on Friday.
The Miami Dolphins fired Flores Monday, a day after he completed a season sweep of the Patriots and his former boss Bill Belichick. That move surprised everyone outside owner Stephen Ross’ office.
Flores will not be unemployed for long, according to betting sites and sportsbooks that have “NFL Next Head Coach” markets. A defensive specialist, Flores is among the most-coveted candidates during this offseason.
The Bears let it be known before the end of the season in not so many words that Matt Nagy would not be returning next season. Nagy, too, was officially let go on Monday along with general manager Ryan Pace. The 2021-22 Bears went 6-11 after reaching the playoffs last season.
While the Dolphins also failed to reach the playoffs, they did finish above .500 in addition to beating the Patriots to start and end the season. But Flores and Dolphins general manager Chris Grier clashed throughout their combined tenure, especially when it came to the use of Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback.
Their conflict hit a flashpoint this past season and Ross sided with his GM, tossing Flores overboard. Meanwhile, the relationship between Flores and Tagovailoa melted down to the point where the two traded shots at halftime of Miami’s loss to Tennessee in Week 16.
Next Chicago Bears Head Coach Candidates & Odds
Flores is not the only candidate to lead the Bears next season. Others on the NFL betting board include Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and ex-Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.
Here’s a look at the odds for the next Chicago Bears head coach available at BetMGM. These odds are only available in limited states. They may be available to New York bettors soon, with BetMGM New York set to go live on Monday.
BUZZ: Flores gets a quick jump here given that the Bears have him in the office on Friday. Flores is coveted across the NFL and given that there are seven head coach openings (not including the Dolphins, of course), he will be able to pick his landing spot. Among the openings, the Bears offer the potential for a rebuild, stability in the front office and a potential franchise QB in young Justin Fields.
Harbaugh is also another monster name and would immediately bring Bears fans back into the fold. The prospect of Harbaugh working with Fields could be a lure for both the Michigan coach and Bears ownership. Frazier, the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, played for the Bears when they won their one and only Super Bowl in 1985 and would also bring credibility as a head coach.
Frazier was head coach in Minnesota from 2011-13. Pederson coached the Eagles to an upset win over New England in Super Bowl 52. His stock has risen during his absence from the league.